1. Tell us about your latest book.
Archibald’s Swiss Cheese Mountain is an award-winning book for children 3 to 11 years old. It’s the story of a little mouse with a big heart who teaches children how to reach their big dreams.
2. How did you get started as a writer?
I always loved to write. I wrote this book over 25 years ago, while taking a college course called “Writing for the Juvenile Reader.” The teacher scrawled across the top, “This is publishable material. See me after class.” She gave me a list of publishers, but before I could start sending the manuscript out, my dad died… and I put it away in a drawer. It was only when my granddaughter was born that I took it out to read to her, and years later my daughter and granddaughter finally found a publisher for it – much to my delight! I had almost given up hope when a great publisher, Seven Locks Press, saw the timelessness of it and gave it a home.
3. What does a typical day look like for you?
My days include preparing for the release of the second book about Archibald’s adventures at school.
4. Describe your desk/workspace.
I’ve called many different spaces my workspace as I have gone over and over the manuscripts, trying to perfect them.
5. Favorite books (especially for writers)
Raggedy Ann and Andy
6. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you
At my age, most people are in old age homes, but I’m thrilled to be out promoting my book at bookstore signings, readings, and even parades.
I’m also thrilled to donate a portion of my book’s proceeds to Feed The Children and Variety: The Children’s Charity.
7. Favorite quote
“Children are never too young for books, and the best way to bond is to read to them.” Sylvia Lieberman
8. Best and worst part of being a writer
The best part is winning awards for your work. The worst part is the rejection.
9. Advice for other writers
I hope my story is an inspiration for writers to never give up!
10. Tell us a story about your writing experience.
Where can people buy your book?
An autographed copy of Archibald’s Swiss Cheese Mountain can be bought from my website: http://www.archibaldmousebooks.com. Books can also be found online on Amazon, and in retail stores, such as Barnes and Noble.