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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

Monday, November 9, 2009

Meet the author, Crystalee Calderwood

Hello visitors,

This month I have the honor to present you a special person, the author Crystalee Calderwood!

Enjoy her interview!

Interview with Crystalee Calderwood , the author of Angeline Jellybean

Tell us about yourself first.

I am a 25-year-old poet and children's writer. I've been writing nearly all my life and reading even longer. Writing for children was just a natural step for me.

When did you start writing?

My earliest memories of writing were in first grade, when we had to write short stories based on picture prompts. I haven't stopped since.

What genres have you written?

I started out as a poet. In fact, I originally went to grad school to study poetry. I have also dabbled in non-fiction and flash fiction. I like exercising my writing muscles and trying new things with my writing. Right now, I am focusing on writing for children and teens. I am in the process of revising several picture books, as well as a young adult novel.

Is Angeline your first book?

Yes. I was not the first picture book that I wrote, but it was the first I had published.

Tell us about your book. What is it about?

Angeline is a little girl who wants to eat nothing but jellybeans. Readers follow Angeline through an entire year of holidays- from Easter to Christmas- where Angeline requests jellybeans. In the end, she gets her wish and learns that sometimes there can be too much of a good thing!

What inspired you to write this book?

I was taking a class in writing picture books and my instructor had only one specification: our books had to be under 500 words. Angeline Jellybean was a story that came to me when I sat down to write, rhymes and all.

How long did it take you to write it?

Not very long. Like I said, it just sorta came out of me pretty close to the form it's in now.

Who is the publisher of your book?

The book was published by 4RV Publishing out of Oklahoma. Vivian Zabel is the president and founder of the company.

Where is it on sale?

You can order Angeline Jellybean from Amazon.com or www.4rvpublishingllc.com/Store-Books.html . You can also walk into any bookstore and ask them to order a copy for you.

Tell us about your other books/work.

Right now I am working on a contemporary Young Adult novel that takes place in Pittsburgh. I am in the revision stages and hope to have accepted for publication when the time is right.

What are the major challenges that you have faced in your career?

Publishing with a small press has meant that I've had to take most of the promotion into my own hands. It is always up to a writer to promote their own work and network with fellow writers, but even more so when you publish with a small press. I have had quite a few boundaries to overcome because most bookstores wont carry my book and therefore are sometimes reluctant to allow me to appear for book signings and readings.

Has the Internet helped you in your writing career?

Yes. Probably about 75% of my promotion takes place online. The internet allows me to reach a larger audience than I could locally through newspapers and flyers. It also allows me to connect with writers all over the world, share my experiences and ask questions about the writing industry.

What do you advise new writers to do?

Write, write, write! Read, read, read! Read everything you can get your hands on, especially in your chosen genre. Network with writers of all kinds. Join a critique group and form a thick skin. Revise, revise, revise. Repeat.

Thank you!


Stories for Children Book Review/Donation Program

Title: Angeline Jellybean

Author: Crystalee Calderwood

Illustrator: Stephen Macquignon

Category: Picture Book

Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC

Pub Date: December 2008

ISBN 10: 0979751381

ISBN 13: 978-0979751387

Suggested Reading Age Level: Beginner through 2nd grade

Author e-mail: crystaleecalderwood@gmail.com

Author website: http://crystaleecalderwood.bravehost.com

Author blog: http://crystaleecalderwood.blogspot.com

Publisher: www.4rvpublishingllc.com

Book available at: Amazon.com and http://www.4rvpublishingllc.com/Store-Books.html


Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Anybook featuring jellybeans has got to be good! I enjoyed the interview and am in awe of all of Crystalee's accomplishments at such a young age. Way to go!

Harry Gilleland said...

Good interview! Sounds like Crystalee has a great career as a writer ahead of her. Best of luck getting your second book published soon, Crystalee.



Katie Hines said...

The book sounds really cute, and I love the cover. I also love the positive outlook Crystalee has with regards to her writing and future publications.

The Old Silly said...

Enjoyed learning more4 about Crystalee. And started writing in the first grade? Outstanding!

Marvin D Wilson

Darcía Helle said...

I'm all for a jelly bean addiction! Best of luck with your career, Crystalee!

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Wonderful interview. I love the name of the book! I'm sure it's a book that will hold children's attention.

Karen cioffi

kathy stemke said...

I love this book and I love jellybeans. It's got a great message that kids need to hear.

Liana said...

Crystalee, thank you for being here today! i wish you good luck with your book!

Thank you all for visiting!

Martha said...

The book sounds just wonderful. What an accomplishment at such a young age. Keep up the wonderful writing.
Martha Swirzinski

Gayle said...

Great job, Crystalee & Liana!

Helena Harper said...

A very interesting interview, Crystalee and Liana. Crystalee, I think your book has an important message for children and it sounds like great fun, too! I wish you the best of success with it.


Liana said...

Thank you all for your comments!

Crystalee, thank you for being here. Good Luck!


AmyMusings said...

Pretty sage advice for a 25-year old published author! Way to go, jellybean!

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