Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a mother of two grown children who previously owned and operating in-home child care for 22 years. I’ve written 8 stories in my children’s book series called The Cartlin Carts, about a family of shopping carts, and published the first book, Jack’s Race Day Lesson, in the series in 2020. Also in 2020, I produced two additional learning books and one activity book based around the characters in The Cartlin Carts.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest (and first book published) in The Cartlin Carts book series is Jack’s Race Day Lesson. Grocery shopping with my children, seeing their joy in all the amazing objects displayed before them, was the inspiration for this crazy family of shopping carts.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to write standing up!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I am a huge fan of C.S. Lewis. The Chronicles of Narnia was a childhood favorite read of mine, but rediscovering it as an adult has garnered a deeper appreciation for Mr. Lewis, his talent, and vivid imagination.
What are you working on now?
My illustrator, Morgan Smith, and I are working on the second book in the series entitled Jack and the Bread Monster, as well as an accompanying coloring book and beginning math activity book.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Right now we are utilizing our own website, www.thecartlincarts.com and social media.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
WRITE! Don’t be afraid to put down your ideas. Any ideas. Get it out of your head and on paper to make room for all those new ideas that come flooding in!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write every day.
What are you reading now?
Right now I am reading my bible. When I come up for air, I’ll be ordering A Court of Silver Flames, the fourth book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
What’s next for you as a writer?
To finish the 10 story ideas that I have started and to continue to grow The Cartlin Carts into a thriving book series.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I’d bring The Chronicles of Naria series.
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