Today’s guest blogger is children’s author Carol Zelaya. She will be on a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion during the entire month of October to discuss her three-book Emily the Chickadee series. Carol talk to us today about her writing career–how it chose her, some of the challenges she’s overcome and her accomplishments.
You can find Carol online at http://emilythechickadee.com/home.html.
Writing my three children’s books was a natural progression that came from my love of writing poetry. I was especially bewildered that more children’s books weren’t being written in rhyme anymore, as they had been in the nursery rhyme days of my own childhood. Younger children especially love the rhyme, as well as anticipating the next rhyming word, which I am told by teachers also helps them learn to read. The rhythm and beat are like a song to them without the music. I experienced this firsthand when I was doing a signing and reading at a book store, and a few children stayed on to hear the story read a second and third time. To my amazement, they could finish the line I was reading before I did because they already anticipated the rhyming word at the end of each line.
I always say that I did not choose a writing career but rather it chose me. The nesting of a tiny little mother chickadee near my window was so inspiring for me to watch that I wanted to share the same feelings of wonder and awe that I experienced with children everywhere. I knew that if, as an adult, I learned so much from watching this little bird, children would too. Nature is an extraordinary teacher!
There have been many challenges along the way, but all in all, this has been a tremendous learning experience for me. I knew nothing about the book publishing business, but with the help and advice of knowledgable people in the field, I gradually saw the transformation of words on my computer materialize on to the pages of a beautifully illustrated three book children’s series. The biggest challenge now, of course, is promoting my books and getting them on to bookstore shelves. My greatest accomplishment aside from awards that my books have won, has been a mother who recently contacted me from my website to tell me how her young daughter, who struggles with reading, wants to read my books over and over again. That is the best reward I can ever receive as an author, knowing that I have helped a child to read and connect with the story. It makes all the challenges along the way totally worth the effort.
Look for our review of the Emily the Chickadee series coming on October 9th!