How did you know you wanted to be an author? I became a professional writer six years ago when I was hired to write historical articles for The Columbia Insider, a local news magazine. Actually, I’ve always been writing and researching. I have graduate and undergraduate degrees in history with a minor in English, so the writing process is familiar to me. After I retired from a long career in teaching and administration, I missed interacting with the children so I began to write a series of books for children and adults to make learning about history fun. In addition, I hope to encourage children and their parents to visit and experience these sites that are an integral part of our history.
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Follow your heart and your dreams. If you have a passion, express it, don’t give up even when things seem to be going in the wrong direction. Be persistent and optimistic. I know that is easier said than done, but it is my best advice.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?I always listen to music when creating a book, writing an article or reading a book to review. Music is soothing and second nature to me.
What message to you want readers to remember?Little Miss HISTORY’S motto is “If you don’t know your history, you don’t know what you’re talking about.” When I meet with students I explain that history is a story and that each of us is making our own history every day. By learning about the past our own knowledge base is expanded. Knowing what has happened in the past allows us to understand who we are today and may help in preventing the repetition of past mistakes.
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