Interview with childrens author Aileen Stewart…

Please welcome award -winning children’s author, Aileen Stewart. Aileen and I have been blog and face book friends for quite awhile and we share a publisher. Her book Fern Valley is adorable and will make a great addition to your child or grandchild’s library.

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Interview

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

In fourth grade when I won honorable mention in a poetry contest, I became aware of my love of writing. It also helped that my dad was a freelance writer for hunting and fishing magazines in his spare time and that both my parents were great storytellers. Being in an atmosphere of story telling, writing, and extensive reading brought out my natural leaning toward all things literary. For many years I dabbled with poetry and short stories, but it wasn’t until my daughter was about three years old that I became serious about being a published author.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Oakland, California. When I was, seven we moved to Willard, a small town in Ohio. I lived there until I was in my late twenties. Willard was a small community with very rural roots. One of my friends lived on a farm outside of town and it was magical place that I loved to visit. Willard and my friend’s farm became the inspiration for my fictional community of Fern Valley and my choice of farm animals as characters. 

Do you have a writing routine?

I do not really have a writing routine because I do not write every day. When I do write, I find I write in the afternoon when my husband has gone to work and either my daughter is still in school or after my daughter has gone to bed. The quiet times seem to be more beneficial to writing then the moments where my daughter keeps asking me every five minutes if I am going to get off the computer soon.

 What are you working on now?

Currently I am spending most of my time blogging and trying to build a larger fan base for Fern Valley. I do have the sequel to Fern Valley written, but cannot move forward with that project until I meet a certain quota of books sold for the first Fern Valley. I am also trying to find an interested party for a children’s mystery series I have started writing along with a few picture book ideas I have.

Are you reading anything now?

Currently I am reading a book I won in a contest called A Wife and a Witness written by Joy Bowser. It is a non-fiction book that shares her struggles and triumphs at leading her non-Christian spouse to the Lord.

What was the oddest job you ever had? Do you have a day job?

I am just your average gal, so I cannot really say I have had any odd jobs. When I was still in high school, I babysat and cleaned houses. When I graduated, I worked in the fast food industry to earn money for college, which I unfortunately dropped out of when I got married. Then in my mid twenties, I worked at the local dry cleaners/Laundromat.

When I was thirty, I started working at Kohl’s in the shoe department. Shortly after I began working there my first husband passed away,  so I continued to work there for almost four years while I went back to college and obtained a degree in Business Administration and Sales/Marketing.

While attending college I interned at a small automotive factory in the human resource department. It was while I worked there that I met my current husband. My husband and I started dating in March of 2003 and were married by October of the same year. Two years later our daughter was born which inadvertently led to my being a published author. So while I would not call interning in the human resource office the oddest job I have ever had, I would definitely call it the most influential on my life.

What is your favorite sound?

My daughter’s laughter, especially when she is laughing with her father.

 What was the last movie you saw?

Madagascar 3. I found it while shopping on Black Friday and bought it for my daughter. We do not have any cable or satellite, but we do have quite the extensive movie collection. Her father and I watched it with her and I must admit that it is pretty funny. The music is pretty good too!

 Your favorite guilty pleasure?

Chocolate Cheesecake, Chocolate Bunt Cake, Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Chip Granola Bars, Chocolate Covered Ritz Bits, Chocolate Chips, Dark Chocolate Truffles, etc…  Just in case that was too subtle, I would have to say Chocolate.

Website: http://www.funwithaileen.com

 Blog: http://www.aileenwstewart.blogspot.com

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FernValley4Kids

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