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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


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!


July 15, 2011 - Posted by | Meet the Author | , , , , ,


  1. Marci it’s so nice to meet you here. I also agree that series books are amazing tools to keep children reading. I love the concept if your book and I know my granddaughter will love them,. She’s always reading series books once she’s hooked on a character. Thanks for sharing.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | July 15, 2011 | Reply

  2. These books look wonderful; thank you for taking the time for the interview – it is always nice to hear from the author!

    Comment by lisa | July 15, 2011 | Reply

  3. I am always interested in how writers got started – not many people enjoy reading the dictionary! Great interview. I enjoyed reading it.

    Comment by kristimaloney- Moms Own Words | July 15, 2011 | Reply

  4. It is always great to hear others encouraging you to follow your dream. Its hard to remember that somedays in today’s world.

    I am excited to see chapter books with girls themes once again.

    Comment by Larissa Brunken | July 15, 2011 | Reply

  5. That’s so cool that you used your family member’s name in a book, flattering 🙂 I like the idea of “collecting” people and places’ names.

    Comment by krystallarson | July 15, 2011 | Reply

  6. I know a little girl who would simply LOVE to read these books… love the idea! 🙂

    Comment by a little tête-à-tête | July 15, 2011 | Reply

  7. Glad to hear I am not the only one who enjoyed reading the dictionary! My daughter loves to read and these books are right in line with her interests and reading level.

    Comment by Trend Setting Mom | July 15, 2011 | Reply

  8. I like her advice to choose books based on our children’s interests and it’s okay to read the same books over and over….because we tend to do that! 🙂 I also think she has a fun job..not only writing children’s books, but to work in an elementary school library…I love children’s books! 🙂

    Comment by Kristie | July 16, 2011 | Reply

  9. I loved the Help! I’m so excited to see the movie!! Of course, the movie is never as good, but it’s fun to see the characters come to life. It must be a dream come true to be a published author and to work in a library. I love books too and I love to write, although I’ve been very scared to write lately, maybe I’ll pick it back up…

    Comment by Melissa | July 18, 2011 | Reply

  10. What a wonderful way to teach a lesson and help children learn. Parents have a responsibility to help kids through the growing pains of growing up and these books look like just the ticket to ride!

    Comment by Carra Riley | July 18, 2011 | Reply

  11. I like that you find a way to include real life issues with a fun approach.Encouraging children to read is a must and anything that helps that is fine with me!

    Comment by hollowsins | July 19, 2011 | Reply

  12. a very nice interview with a many information im thank´s .

    Comment by Christian Kneisel | July 21, 2011 | Reply

  13. It is great to know that most of the authors interviewed were encouraged to write when they were young. Writing is definitely and learned skill that needs to be cultivated. This author was very lucky to have good teachers and a good mother. She is now paying it forward as a librarian.

    Comment by Elle | July 24, 2011 | Reply

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