I know Chewie has been hogging the blog lately, but I have been busy reading some really cool books and chatting with some excellent authors. Today we get to meet Karin Larson:
When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
I’ve wanted to write for as long as I can remember. I was an avid reader from an early age and have always wanted to create a love of reading in kids and others.
Reading is one of the best ways to develop a love of writing.
Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
Bedtime Kisses was released by 4RV Publishing in April 2014. It is a rhyming picture book I worked on off and on for years. It started as an oral story I created for my son who always needed just one more story and one more tuck in.
Ahh yes the famous one more story…
What are your future aspirations as an author?
I have another children’s picture book, The Little Bug, under contract with Guardian Angel Publishing and am working on another (working title: Morning Hugs). I hope to inspire a love of reading in children of all ages.
They sound like fun.
Where do your ideas come from? What experiences or aspects of your life influence your writing?
Ideas are everywhere! I have three kids and work as a speech/language pathologist in an elementary school so always have a lot of ideas and creativity sparks just by listening and paying attention to those around me.
Kids are a great source of material, almost as good as dogs.
What do you do to improve yourself and a writer?
I have completed three courses at the Institute of Children’s Literature and continually read newsletters, writing magazines as well as blogs and market research to hone my skills. Persistence pays!
Yes it certainly does.
What are the names of your books?
Bedtime Kisses, 4RV Publishing April 2014; The Little Bug, under contract with Guardian Angel Publishing
Where can people contact you?
You can visit me at any of the following:
Do you read the reviews of your work and how do they affect your writing?
I am fortunate that, so far, all reviews have been very positive. I am sure I would be very disappointed with a negative review but would try to focus on the positive and keep plugging on.
Well I have read Bedtime Kisses and will be putting a review up soon, so watch this place. Thanks for joining us Karin, we look forward to reading your next books. Keep reading, keep writing.