http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/katrina.htm and www.amazon.com
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BEGIN WRITING? I taught Children's and Young Adult Literature in my career as a university professor. During that time, I thought of writing for kids. It was only after my first grandchild was born that I began my new career in earnest, and I have never looked back. Writing for children has become my life.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR AWARD WINNING TITLE? Katrina Simpkins and Winter, the dolphin are the very definition of courage. As the two of them have become fast friends, the title really named itself. Girl and dolphin are truly partners in courage.
IS THIS YOUR FIRST BOOK? No, this is my fifth book. I have written the Bella and Britt series of books for children as well.
WHAT OTHER BOOKS HAVE YOU PUBLISHED?
Sea Turtle Summer: http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/sea-turtle.htm
Bella Saves the Beach: http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/bella-saves-beach.htm
DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW BOOKS IN THE WORKS? I have written my first YA novel, A Life of Lies, about a young teen who goes into Witness Protection with her dad and concerns the events that change her life forever. This book has not been sold as of yet.
The fourth Bella and Britt book, Mystery at Manatee Key, will be will be released by Guardian Angel Publishing in 2014. This is a true Bella and Britt mystery, where Britt must save the day. It will be available at: http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/default.htm and www.amazon.com
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF: I’ve been an elementary school teacher and a professor of education where I taught, among other courses, Children’s and Young Adult Literature. I lived in London for ten years and was a consultant to the University of Cambridge. I have three sons, all of whom gather in Clearwater Beach, Florida with their families at our beach condo. That very beach is where the inspiration came for the Bella and Britt books. I am a frequent presenter at the annual Illinois Reading Council Conference, where I’ll present again in March, 2014. I speak at SCBWI conferences and in June, 2012 was on the faculty of the SCBWI Orlando Mid-Year Workshop, where I co-taught an intensive workshop on non-fiction.
WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY DOING IN YOUR SPARE TIME? I love to visit with friends, and that almost always involves lunch or dinner! I enjoy walking Louie, our year old Bichon/Shih Tsu puppy.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE? My favorite movie is Remains of the Day. Having lived in London, I am partial to all things English.
WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE AS AN AUTHOR? One challenge for me is to always stay fresh with a new and relevant story. I always worry about basically writing the same story. I want my books to shine with originality well rounded characters. That takes a lot of thought and energy and research.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER ASPIRING AUTHORS? Keep writing! Try to make time to write every day. More than anything else, this exercise will hone your craft. Don't write in a vacuum! Join a critique group where like minded writers support each other, and there are always those all important fresh eyes. When the rejections begin, and they will, do not be discouraged. It is a major part of the publication process, so treat them that way. Learn, and move on.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR READERS? I would like to say thank you for reading about my books. I so appreciate it. And for those of you out there that are longing to write, keep working at it. Success in this profession comes to those who persevere.
Website: http://www.nancystewartbooks.com Blog: http://www.nancystewartbooks.blogspot.com
Sea Turtle Summer: Amazon Bestseller in Children's Books, The Literary Classics Gold Award, 2012, Literary Classics Seal of Approval, 2011 (Guardian Angel Publishing, December, 2011)
LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org