Donna, it’ so great to be hosting you here on my blog today. You have always been such an inspiration to me!
Irene, thank you for hosting me on Day 1 as I kick-off my Working Writer’s Coach Virtual Book Tour. We’ve known each other for quite a few years now and it’s an honor to be here. I’ve especially enjoyed getting to know you through cyberspace. I hope to meet in person someday.
Today I’d like to share why I became a children’s author. My road to becoming a children’s author took quite the different path, one that I wasn’t even sure at the time would lead me to writing for children, but it did. When I was a child, I enjoyed watching the television program, Lou Grant with my dad, and became mesmerized on how a reporter put a story together and I dreamed of becoming a reporter one day. For some reason or another, I did not follow this early dream and worked in administration for several Fortune 500 companies for many years. Not until I came across the Institute of Children’s Literature aptitude test in 2006 did my dream of becoming a writer reawaken.
As for how and why I came to write The Golden Pathway it came through my fascination of history even as a young child. And when I found myself taking up residence (as an adult) in the historical hamlet of Tappan, NY (Rockland County) I became even more enthralled. Coupled with my father’s involvement with the Rockland County Historical Society in creating artist replicas of the numerous historical locations throughout the county I found myself further drawn into the past. Then,as a student at the Institute of Children’s Literature,I jumped at the chance to develop a historical fiction story about a young southern boy against slavery. And here I am today several years later with my first published children’s book in my hands.
It’s been quite the roller coaster ride and one that I wouldn’t trade in for the world.
To learn more about my writing career or to order an autographed copy of The Golden Pathway visit, http://www.donnamcdine.com. Gift with purchase: The Golden Pathway Educator’s Guide.
Additional ways to order The Golden Pathway:
Guardian Angel Publishing: http://guardianangelpublishing.com/pathway.htm
Thank you for visiting with me today. I appreciate your time and interest. Please enter below at a chance to win a $25 PayPal payment. Just visit my blog for more details at: http://thegoldenpathway.blogspot.com/2012/03/virtual-book-tour-kicks-off-today.html/
The second day of my virtual book tour continues tomorrow at Mayra Calvani’s blog www.mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com. There visitors can enter again at a chance to win a $25 PayPal payment.