Thank you for joining us today, Carolyn. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?
I would be happy to. I am a free lance writer, poet and author of six books, which include my poetry, short stories and stories written for children. I also write articles for our local monthly newspaper, The Old Town Compass, here in Winchester. One thing I enjoy very much about being a writer for children, is that I get invited to speak at local kid’s festivals, as a story teller. At these events I get to play dressup in a costume and show off my super colorful, dragon hand puppet. It is at these times when being a writer is most rewarding because you get to see the kids actually enjoying listening to your book.
When did you first get bit by the writing bug?
As a kid, I always loved playing pretend and making up stories. I guess I still do.
Why did you decide to write stories for children?
I have always enjoyed writing poetry and decided to write bedtime stories in verse for my little nieces’s and my nephew when they were very young. I love fantasy stories and a few years ago decided to try my hand at writng a narrative story for children, that would be fanciful and also meaningful to them.
Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?
Yes, I think that it is more of a challenge to keep the children’s attention. I believe the subject of the story also needs to have some meaning to their life as well, so that they can connect to the story.
What is your favorite part of writing for young people?
The smiles on their faces as they react to the book! I love having a wide canvas to paint the story on, that literaly anythinhg goes- as long as it makes sense in the context of the story.
Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?
This is my latest book, and it is all about a little Dragon who is eight seasons old, who cannot control his fire. He breathes fire at the most unhelpful times. This story is about how he comes to learn more about his ability and how special he is, after having an adventure in the woods.
I was daydreaming out the window of my office one day and seemed to see a dragon’s face in the leaves of a big tree across the parking lot. The leaves shifted and it seemed the dragon smiled. I started writing the story right then.
Where can readers purchase a copy?
They can purchase a copy online through www.amazon.com, and through Barnes and Noble online. The book is available in print and also as an e-book. The e-book version can be purchased at www.dieselebooks.com and www.lybrary.com.
Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?
Yes, for more information my website can be visited at : www.whenthemoonspeaks.com. I also have a facebook page titled Carolyn Wolfe’s Poetry and Prose.
What is up next for you?
I have written another children’s story, all in verse titled: My Knight At The Faire, which I hope to have out by this December 2012. I am also working on another collection of poetry for a general audience and a book of my original and very spooky, short stories that will be for a young adult readership.
Do you have anything else to add?
I just wanted to thank you so much for this interview, and for letting me get the word out about my new book!
Thank you for spending time with us today, Carolyn. We wish you much success.