How did you know you wanted to be an author? I always had a strong interest in manatees, weather, sea life, and the oceans. In addition, I always enjoyed learning something new, especially if the subject was related to science. At 7, my parents bought me a microscope. And when I saw my first single-cell amoeba, I was totally fascinated! I quickly picked up interests in insect and animal books, along with butterflies, moths, reptiles and mammals. All along the way, I knew I wanted to capture these interests in writing children ‘s books.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Stick with it! We all have those days where nothing seems to make sense. And you just can ‘t seem to get one new word on the page. When that happens to me, I write, “I’ll be back!” And then coming back to my writing in an hour or a day, this definitely helps me dissolve that stubborn mental jam. By doing this your words will quickly start flowing again. Remember perseverance, patience, and discipline always win!
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?As for my writing practices, I find mornings are best. It ‘s quiet and I usually have no interruptions. I ‘ll write with my laptop and sit at the same spot during each session. As for my daily writing goal “ it ‘s important for me just to progress with some new words each time. It doesn ‘t matter if I ‘m in the zone and a whole bunch of words fly off the keyboard, or if I ‘m struggling and finding it difficult to get that next word down. As long as I write something, I ‘m happy.
What message to you want readers to remember?In addition to the educational material I write in each of my titles, my message always includes the importance of “unconditional friendship” within the story itself.
How can fans get in contact with you?On the Kobee Manatee website, they can use the “contact page.”