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  • Writer's pictureLauren Piland

Q&A: What is one thing you like about being an author?

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

Author presentation on the elements of writing a short story

What is an academic bundle?

Each of our stories have a Beyond the Text academic bundle of activities that goes along with it. As a former elementary teacher, I thought it would be helpful to include exercises in reading comprehension, writing prompts, science & technology, and more to use at home or in the classroom.

How have your experiences helped you to write this book?

The whole concept behind our Blooming Rose series stems from my experiences working in the elementary classroom, as well as situations from raising two children of my own. While the stories are fictional, I wanted this series to reflect feelings, characters, struggles and triumphs that all kids could relate to, including my own.

What is one thing you like about being an author?

I knew I would love being able to share my book with kids during author visits and community events, however, I didn’t realize how much I’d enjoy connecting with teachers, parents and other small business owners who love to support our kiddos as well.

How did you pick your illustrator?

Being a new author I wasn’t quite sure where to start, but after pouring over dozens of portfolios, both from my publisher and from outside agencies, I imagined finding the right one would be like finding the right wedding dress. When you know, you know, and that has certainly rang true when I came across Kristen’s portfolio, and I’ve loved working with her to bring Blooming Rose to life - it’s such a pivotal piece of a picture book that needs to fit just right!

Where do you write?

Although I’m lucky to have some extra space for a home studio, that has become my hub for all things shipping distribution & storage. Because honestly, as a work from home mom, I do all of my writing and working from our dining room table so I can keep a better eye on everyone and everything! ;)

Thank you to Debbie from Pick A Good Book for hosting this interview on her blog, original post can be found here soon.

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