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Corfu, Greece
Liana Metal lives in Greece, on the island of Corfu. She is an EFL teacher(MAEd -Applied Linguistics), book reviewer and freelance writer. Liana is also an artist. Her drawings/paintings can be found both online at www.aggelia-online.gr and at several shops in Corfu town. To contact the artist visit http://LianaMetal.tripod.com or her blog at http://LianasKerkyra.blogspot.com Η Ηλιάνα Μεταλληνού διδάσκει Αγγλικά στην Κέρκυρα, γράφει άρθρα και ιστορίες για έντυπες και ηλεκτρονικές εκδόσεις σε όλο τον κόσμο και ζωγραφίζει. Μπορείτε να την επισκεφθείτε στην ηλεκτρονική διεύθυνση http://toasprosaligari.blogspot.com και http://www.coffeetimecorfu.com


A book for kids/ 3 stories in English

Friday, May 1, 2009

Welcome Kathy Stemke!

Welcome to the May book tour!

This month my guest is Kathy Stemke, author of

“Moving Through All Seven Days"

Enjoy her interview!

1. Where are you from?

I’m originally from New York. I went to school in Connecticut and stayed there many years. In 1990, I moved to Georgia, and I now live in the North Georgia Mountains.

2. When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing poetry when I was a teenager to express all those new feelings and frustrations.

3. What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book was an anthology of poems and photography. I’ve always liked using mixed mediums to express myself.

4. Do you have a poem that you could share with us?

Sure, here’s one entitled, “An Empty Stage.”

Coiled torso frozen on an empty stage,

a living sculpture trapped and placed

with no gown of tulle to hide her age

but with weeping knees below her waist.

Framed in light her insides groan

with pent up passion poised for release,

she now waits long and alone

for rhythm to carry her into peace.

But I remember her unencumbered

prance, so light for one who was held down

by unfulfilled dreams remembered,

floating above her tattered gown.

5. Would you ever consider publishing your poetry?

Yes, in fact, I want to publish a whole book of dance poems someday.

6. What, in your opinion, is the most important element of good writing?

Imagination. A book has to be different to get the attention of the public. It must also have lots of unexpected surprises.

7. Why should someone buy your book, “Moving Through All Seven Days?”

This book not only teaches the days of the week but how to spell each day as well. The illustrations are colorful and are full of action. Children will be inspired to explore all types of movements as they have fun learning.

8. If you could leave your readers with one legacy, what would you want it to be?

Pursue your dreams! It’s sad, but I know so many extremely talented people who never tried to follow their dreams. I’ve found that if you have passion and
persistence, you will succeed at accomplishing many things. One thing leads to another. Just never give up!

Visit Kathy at

http://educationtipster.blogspot.com Education tips and book reviews

http://kathystemke.weebly.com Kathy Stemke’s website

More about Kathy this Sunday!

See you online.



Helena Harper said...

Liana, this is a great post. Very interesting. I love Kathy's answer to your last question - pursue your dreams. I do so agree! I'd love to read one of Kathy's dance poems, by the way. Being a poet myself, they intrigue me!


Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Great post, Liana.

Kathy is a gifted children's writer. I had the privilege of reading a couple of Kathy's mss, including Through the Seven Days.

Two of Kathy's mss were picked up almost right out of the gate. The publisher saw what I do.


Liana said...

Helena and Karen, thank you for visiting. Kathy is undoubtedly a very talented person.


Liana said...

Thank you for the great interview-it was a pleasure knowing you.