How did you know you wanted to be an author? I have been writing in some form or another throughout my career. So, when the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to join illustrator Mary Ellen Stottmann in a quest to influence the development of positive behavior in children through stories. (And it’s just plain fun to write in verse!)
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Follow your passion. Constructive criticism can provide nuggets of truth that will help you improve your craft, but don’t let others’ opinions determine your course. Remember the story of J.K. Rowling, whose first Harry Potter manuscript was rejected by numerous publishers.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices? Not particularly. But I’ve noticed that when I’m working on a new story in verse, I start to think in rhyme all the time. People may wonder why I chuckle to myself during a conversation. It may be because I thought of a line that rhymes with what they’ve just said. Most of which I keep to myself!
What message to you want readers to remember? Our actions and words affect other people. We can choose to act with kindness and compassion even when someone is being unfair or mean.
How can fans get in contact with you? PlayMaster@BaxtersCorner.com