This is my first book. It is a children’s fiction book. The setting is a classroom where a teacher “smells” trouble. A stink is growing in her classroom due to some bad choices in the classroom and the teacher must decide what to do to get rid of it. The title, Miss Dimples and the Big Stink.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am a preschool teacher of 18 years. I live in Searcy, AR. I’ve been writing for about as long as I have been teaching to create lessons for my children. I believe that God had laid it on my heart to write children’s books for years and when I finally acted on it (sent in a manuscript), God blessed it. I only sent this particular manuscript to Tate and it was accepted. I know that this does not happen everyday. Most authors are rejected several times before they find a publisher. This was an unsolicited manuscript. I started writing Miss Dimples on a trip to Denver (15 hour car ride from Searcy). I didn’t have much else to do. I did pray before I started writing. I have since written seven more stories about Miss Dimples.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was trying to figure out a way to teach children about how their actions affect others. I knew it had to be entertaining, or the children would turn their ears off.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
I am learning that even after you get a book published, it doesn’t mean you can sit back and wait for it to sell. Marketing is a big giant for me that I amhaving to face. It takes time, hard work and persistence to get your book out there.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
Figure out how to create a web site, prepare a platform (which started and haven’t finished) so I would be ready for public speaking. Attend more writers’ club meetings. Save up for writers’ workshops.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I have always loved to read children’s books. It’s still my favorite part of my day with the children. I love Robert Munsch! I like his books because they make me laugh and the children laugh. Rosemary Wells is another. I love “Max and Ruby” stories. There are other favorites, but I usually remember titles better than authors.. ( is that bad for an author?)
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I do have more Miss Dimples stories as previously stated. They deal with different situations in the classroom. A few titles “Miss Dimples and the Alien Invasion,” “Miss Dimples and the Warm Fuzzies,” “Miss Dimples and Mt. Alexa.”
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
The only way you can sell your book is to be able to sell yourself. Know your book’s audience, how to reach them, and GO GET THEM!
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Kindergarten through 4th or 5th grade.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
My book is presently online at most major bookstores. Amazon has a sneak peak button to see the first page as well as a brief summary. Of course you can go to tatepublishing.com/bookstore. I do have a fan page on Facebook and am working on a web site.