Meet Children’s Author Suzanne Lieurance
I’m so excited to be here at Irene Roth’s blog to kick off the 6-day virtual tour for my book, The Lucky Baseball: My Story in a Japanese-American Internment Camp. Let me tell you a little about how I decided to start writing for children and how I came up with the idea for this particular book.
I actually started writing for children when I was in 5th grade.
My teacher, Mrs. Smith, used to let us put on plays for the class
every Friday. The only requirement was that we write the scripts
for these plays ourselves. A few of my classmates and I got
together and came up with an idea for our first play. I was the
one chosen to write the script. Later, when we performed our
little story in front of the class, everyone loved it. They laughed
in the right places, cheered in the right places, even gasped and
booed in the right places, so I was hooked on writing. I was a bit
shy for the acting, but I loved seeing how the audience reacted to
what I had written. I wrote more plays that year, although, for
the life of me, I can’t remember what any of them were about,
and the scripts were thrown away long ago, which is too bad. It
would have been fun to reread them now.
Anyway, I loved writing from those days on. I started writing
lots of stories and poems. My poems were pretty bad. But I think
my stories were okay. These days, I’m more likely to be writing
nonfiction than fiction. Yet I still love to write fiction and I plan
to be doing more of it in the coming year. I hope you’ll read and
enjoy The Lucky Baseball. I had such fun researching the
Japanese-American Internment and creating Harry, my main
character in the book who has to move to a camp with his
family. I got the idea for Harry when my editor for another book
I wrote for this series asked if I’d like to write another book for
the series. If you’re a teacher or homeschooling parent, please
drop by my author site at www.suzannelieurance.com and
download the free Educator’s Guide that goes with the book.
To order Suzanne’s book, click on the following link: http://rcm-ca.amazon.ca.
If you have any questions about any of my books, or about writing for children in general, just leave them for me here. I’ll be checking in all week and answering any questions that have been left for me.
Happy reading and Happy Holidays!
Please follow Suzanne’s second day of her Virtual Book Tour on Donna McDine’s blog at http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com.