Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Irene S. Roth, Courage, plus #giveaway

AUTHOR:  Irene S. Roth
BOOK TITLE:  Courage
PUBLISHER:  Halo Publishing
GIVEAWAY?:  A free copy of my book. Be sure to leave contact information to be included in drawing!

Please tell me how long you've been writing, and why you decided to become a writer.

I started writing for children and teens about ten years ago. I feel in love with picture books and started out simply reading lots and lots of them. Then I realized how the most successful picture books can transport a child’s bedtime routine and life. That is when something inside of me moved to write for kids. 

Are you a full-time writer or a part-time writer, and how do you organize your writing time?

I am a full time writer—both I write creatively and academically.  So, I have to organize my writing time between these two types of writing. 

What influences your writing?

What influences my writing for kids is how our culture offers them very little to go on to develop their values and who they were truly meant to be. So, one of my goals for my books is to ensure that kids learn important lessons about themselves after reading my book.  I would consider myself successful if I accomplish this. 

Is this your first published work?  No, I have written hundreds of articles for teens and tweens. What other types of writing have you done?  In addition, I have written a few books for teens and tweens, one of which is in press. I also write academically as a philosopher. 

Why did you choose to write a children's story? Because I wanted to write books about empowerment for kids. I will have another 4 more books in this series on empowerment being published over the next three years. 

What was the process of creating this book from the first idea to the final published book?
I immediately saw this book as one of a series of empowerment books. Once I decided to do that, I just started writing. And it all came together pretty quickly.

What are your thoughts on traditional versus self-publishing? I believe that authors have to decide for themselves whether they will pursue traditional routes of publishing and whether they will self-publish. 

What is your marketing strategy? I read my book to kids at the local library, and I do a lot of readings at the schools as well. 

What are your thoughts about children's writers needing an agent or not needing one?  Again, I think writers have to decide for themselves how to proceed, depending on their goals as a writer and how they want a particular book to fit into their careers.  

Where can people find out more about you and your writing? They could check out my review blog and my writer’s blog at:

Do you have any tips for writers who are new to children's literature? Determine what your goals as a writer are, and pursue them.  Be persistent, and work hard. Hone your skills, and then don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.

Please give us a brief synopsis or excerpt from your current book and when and where it will be available.

This is the first book in the Empowerment Series for kids.  It is a book about courage.  It is an important topic for kids to learn. The next books in the series will be about self-respect, self-love, self-assurance, and self-confidence. 

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations Irene, writing for children is where I wanted to start, but it was only with the help of my 7 year old son that I actually penned a book. His story, composed on a long ride home. I still have it - hope someday to give it to his children.