Do you consider yourself to be a born writer?
Yes, I truly believe this is my calling. Although I wasn't aware of it for many years.
Did you always want to be a writer?
I never gave it any thought. When I married and began journaling, the thought of writing a book on some of my experiences did occur to me. But I never actually grasped the potential. I did write poetry that was published in a local paper. Journaling became my escape from challenges I was facing. I've learned to overcome, with God's help, and to move forward.
This is my first children's book. The idea of writing a children's story, appealed to me after receiving great reviews from an essay I submitted to the Institute of Children's Literature. I knew I was capable of writing a complete story. I've always been fascinated with monkey's, so I began to create a story, populate it with characters, and act out the ideas that were buzzing around in her head.
This is a picture book, full of adventure. The illustrations capture the attention of the children and bring the story to life. The story is about two young girls and a baby chimpanzee. The girls are named after my granddaughters. Tina, the chimpanzee is mischievous and hilarious as she creates total chaos. She is always three steps ahead of the girls. It also teaches the girls responsibility.
Do you have a website/blog where readers may learn more about you and your works?
Yes. My website is: http://www.grace4books.com/.
I also have two blogs: http://www.gracereddick.blogspot.com/ and http://www.gracereddick.wordpress.com/.
What are you working on now?
I'm writing another children's book, using the names of my two grandson's. My plans are to make this book a series. Logan, the main character, unknowingly wanders from the comfort of his backyard, to find himself in a "Forsaken Land." His journey takes him deeper and deeper into a jungle full of unforseen dangers and dinosaur's. As he seeks shelter, and tries desperately to find his way back home, he encounters mysterious obstacles along the way. That is, until he meets Brent.
Where are your books available?
http://www.amazon.com/, http://www.barnesandnoble.com/, http://www.borders.com/, my publisher, http://www.xlibris.com/, and through my website.
What advice would you offer aspiring writers?
Educate yourself about the industry. You must have enthusiasm, passion and belief in yourself.
Knowledge is like climbing a mountain; the higher you reach, the more you can see and appreciate.