Interview with Nicole Weaver
Nicole weaver was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti. She came to the United States when she was ten years old. She is fluent in Creole, French, Spanish and English. She is a veteran teacher of French and Spanish. She is the author of a children’s trilingual picture book titled ” Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle.” The story is about a Haitian little girl who resided by the beach in Haiti. Her second trilingual children’s picture book will be published by Guardian Angel Publishing. The book titled, ” My sister is my Best Friend ” will be published in 2011.
Interview with Nicole Weaver author of Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle.
I want to thank you for being my guest here on Mymcbooks Blog
What is the last book you read?
I read Habanera –A portrait of a Cuban Family by Teresa Dovalpage. I remember being in Catholic grade school and having to write these long descriptive essays. All of my exams were essays so I did a fair amount of writing.
Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural?
I started writing poetry for therapeutic reasons. In 2005, I won a local poetry contest and that experience encouraged me to venture out. An author friend talked me into attending the Denver chapter of SCBWI. At the conference I was encouraged to use personal experiences as part of my writing. A few months later I wrote my first trilingual children’s picture book titled: Marie and her Friend the Sea Turtle/ María y su amiga la Tortuga del mar/ Marie et son amie la Tortue de mer.
Are you working on a new book?
Yes! I have several manuscripts I am revising. I am currently working on publishing an E book on kindle. I just got the manuscripts back from the copyeditor.
What do you do when you’re not writing or promoting your books?
I spend a great deal of time reading and reviewing books. My youngest keeps me very busy with his sportive activities too. Lastly, as a school teacher I do a lot of grading of papers and preparing of lesson plans. In short, I am a very busy person.
How did you come up with each characters?
My first trilingual children’s picture book is based on my life while living in my native country of Haiti. My second trilingual book due to be released this month is about my sister.
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block?
Yes! Many times!
What is the most difficult part of writing?
Writing for children is very difficult. I have trouble letting the child character solve his or her problems.
How do you react to a bad review?
I am very lucky, all of my reviews have been very positive. I did get one bad review from a reviewer. I was definitely not very pleased. I realized you can’t make everyone happy. I get daily request from authors to do reviews and to me that is a huge responsibility. In my opinion it is best to not do a review if it is not positive.
Who are some of your favorite authors you would love to dine with?
I would love to dine with Jane Yolen and Alexandre Dumas . A lexandre Dumas is by far my favorite author. I have read all of his books.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.? Since I teach high school French and Spanish I have a very busy schedule. I make appointments with myself to get time to write. I try to write every day.
I also must take time to exercise at least three times a week. I used to watch a lot of television, now I write. My youngest will be a junior in high school in the fall, and I try to attend all of his basketball tournaments. So you see, I am one busy person. As far as goals are concerned, I always write them down and every morning I make positive affirmations concerning those goals. I have short term and long term goals. Making positive affirmations is a very powerful tool that can help someone visualize what it is he or she wants. I neatly type each goal and say them out loud each morning after my morning ritual of praying and reading my favorite bible verses. I also keep a journal where I write nothing but positives.
What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read?
Always read the book first and be sure to let children read books on topics they are interested in. I also think it is a very good idea for parents to
become familiar with certain publishers. For instance, Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc publishes books that are very positive and that always
teach children good morals. Just recently I read about the children author who wrote a book titled: Go the*** to Sleep. As a parent I would not buy books from the publisher of this book.
What advice you would give to new writers?
Make it a habit to read books on the genre you like to write for. Attend writer’s conferences. Join a critique group. Join online writer’s organizations and groups. There are many excellent groups online, but be sure the groups have the same interest as you.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers? Thank you for your time and interest and if you would like to learn more about my books and what I do please visit my sites: My Sister Is My Best Friend Blog: http://mysisterismybestfriend.blogspot.com
Marie and her Friend the Sea Turtle Blog: http://marieandherfriendtheseaturtle.blogspot.com
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My name is Ella Johnson. I started Mymcbooks to promote reading. As a former teacher, I know that making basic education fundamentals interesting to children can be challenging. Education can be fun, exciting and captivating for children with the right learning tools. So my goal is to “make learning interesting and fun” for the children while they learn, by introducing them to fun books with colorful and captivating illustrations.
In 2009, I start the giveaway program giving away free school supplies at random to 2 winners each year. I also started a monthly free giveaways for books and gifts.
August 2010, I extended the free school supplies from 2 to 5 winners at random on my blog and also give away 20 bags full of school supplies to familes in need at Chick-fil-A in Brandon, Florida during their family nights. And in 2012, I beat my that number and gave away a lot of school supplies to needy families. Hopefully, I can continue to do this each year.
In 2011, I started writing reviews on children’s books then giving these books away free on Mymcbooks Blog. I increase the number of books we giveaway free to help support parent. My goal is to give away as many as I can each year. This is also a great way to introduce parents to new books.
Mymcbooks blog is always looking for other ways to give kids free books. So I started Mymcbooks Birthday Library http://mymcbooksbirthdaylibrary.wordpress.com/
My goal is to giveaway at least 300 books to children each year.
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