Interview with Author Carol Crane
Carol Crane is the author of fourteen books with Sleeping Bear Press.
Carol Crane is a historian and has always been a journal writer. She loves to stop and read historical markers. Traveling around the country, she speaks at reading conventions and schools, networking with children and educators on the fabric that makes up the quilt of this great country. Using information in the state books, she transports kids around the state. Her greatest joy is to have a child say, “Wow! I didn’t know that”.
Carol Crane, with forty years experience in children’s literature as an educational consultant, has become widely recognized by many schools and educators for her expertise in children’s literature. She has conducted in-service seminars for teachers at many schools across the country. Carol also works with children as an author. At a recent reading conference atUniversityofAlabama, she was described as …”A walking, talking bibliography of children’s books”.
Ten years ago, Carol instituted a summer reading program. Teachers, media specialists and librarians have attended her “Bed, Breakfast and Books” seminars across the country. The assembling of attending authors, pre-publications of children’s book, and sharing of ideas among fellow teachers has been a very important reading event. In 2002, two institutes were held. One at Mendon, Michiganat David and Sarah Small’s art studio (the Caldecott winner). The second one was held at Stowe, Vermont at the Trapp Lodge where many authors were on the speaking strand. The 2003 sessions were held again at Stowe, Vermont and then at Frankenmuth, Michigan. http://www.carolcrane.org/
Interview with Carol Crane author of The Handkerchief Quilt and Sunny Numbers
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What is the last book you read? I love to read cookbooks, so I read the Mitford Cookbook from cover to cover.
What were your earliest memories of writing? My grandmother had us write one sentence everyday in a handmade notebook made out of the backs of old calendars. I was three when I wrote stories in rebus. We were required to write something good that happened to us that day and read it at the end of the day sitting on the porch where there was a cool breeze.
Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural? I was encouraged to write as my mother a first grade reading teacher always read over what I wrote. She praised my writing.
Are you working on a new book? I have a new book coming out in the fall, The Christmas Tree Ship. An author always has something in the works. I have three new titles I am working on.
What do you do when you’re not writing or promoting your books? My family is very important to me. My husband came from a family of four boys, we had three sons and we have seven grandsons. So spending time with our family keeps us busy.
Please tell us a little about the Bed, Breakfast and Books seminars. Through the years, I have made many friendships with authors, illustrators and educators. We would meet all over the country and discuss new books coming out and net work with schools. We met in Michigan, Florida, Vermont, North and South Carolina, Indiana, and Ohio. We had teachers come from across US and Canada. It was a very good program for librarians to know what was coming out in literature and teachers used the time to use books thematically in the classroom.
How did you come up with each characters? My fiction books are what I knew best my mother and my grandfather.
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? Every author at times has trouble with a subject, a word, or line that is just not right. I teach writing and tell my students all authors have a trick word to use when they can’t get started and that word is “when.”
What is the most difficult part of writing? For me is finding quiet time, as I need absolute silence. My best writing starts at 4am, just as the sun is starting to come awake.
How do you react to a bad review? I don’t pay any attention to reviews.
Who are some of your favorite authors you would love to dine with? My literature instructor was Bill Martin Jr. at Oakland University. I wish he was alive and I could ask him some more questions.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.? I am very punctual, always honor dates and have a strict code of manners and ethics.
What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read? Read to your children and find out what their interests are. Listen to them read and ask questions about what they have read. My grandson came to my house and as usual saw a stack of books and asked if he could read to me. I said,” I would love to hear you read.” He read beautifully all the words, took a break with his voice at punctuation, and was so proud. I said,” Tim, what is this story about?” and he said, “I don’t know, I wasn’t listening.” Comprehending the story is more than reading words.
What advice you would give to new writers? Have fun, know your subject and use your own voice. A good example of this is the book The Best Story by Eileen Spinelli.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers? Good writing becomes a well formed habit. Fiction, non-fiction and poetry have different writing voices. I take lots of pictures when writing my non-fiction books. It helps when I get home to write detail. The best book for writing poetry is the Scholastic Rhyming Dictionary.
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