Interview with Author Marci Peschke
Marci Peschke author of the Kylie Jean Series.
Marci Bales Peschke was born in Indiana, grew up in Florida, and now lives in Texas with her husband, two children, and feisty black and white cat named Phoebe. During the day she is a school librarian. She loves reading, tea parties, and watching movies. When she was six she started writing poems, so for her writing books is a dream come true! Author’s website http://www.marcipeschke.com/
I want to thank you for being my guest here on Mymcbooks Blog.
What is the last book you read?
I just finished reading The Help and The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy). They were both excellent books. The Mark Twain book is a children’s book and I like the format very much! It includes small journals within the book taken from the actual journal of Twain’s daughter Susy.
Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural?
My mother has always encouraged me to write. In school I had some poems published and my teachers encouraged me to write creatively. I won an essay contest in 8th Grade and the prize was $100. I also loved to read the dictionary. Words fascinate me!
Are you working on a new book?
I just finished four new Kylie Jean books that will come out in January 2012. In them Kylie Jean spells, cheers, dances and sings. My favorite book is always the one I’ve just finished.
What do you do when you’re not writing or promoting your books?
I am a school librarian at an elementary school. It is a wonderful job for a person who loves books as much as I do.
How did you come up with your characters?
I am a collector of places and people. When I travel I am always taking notes on interesting places and names. Kylie Jean is actually based on my niece.
How do you react to a bad review?
I am happy to say that I have not had one yet, but when I do I think it will be helpful to look at it as a growth opportunity.
What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read?
Parents need to find books that hook into their child’s interests. Choose books on their reading level and then choose some above level to read aloud to them. Book series are great because kids want to read the next title and this keeps them reading. Don’t worry if they want to read the same book over again.Readingis reading and it’s all good!
What advice you would give to new writers?
New writers should join a writers’ support group, network, and don’t be afraid to try!
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Follow your dreams, because when they come true it really is a wonderful, awesome, terrific feeling. Being an author is great!
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