Comments from the author about writing:
I have spent the last 23 years educating children. I began my career as a kindergarten teacher. Since then I have taught first grade, third grade, fourth grade, Title Math, and 7th and 8th grade Social Studies. I am currently a Teacher Leader Program Coordinator for my school district working with instructional coaches and teachers.
Teaching has given me a great deal of inspiration as a writer. Each day in the classroom provides ideas and loads of humorous stories. My other source of inspiration is my life experiences, some dating back to my youth and others from my every day life.
Words have always come easy for me and I have always been interested in books, writing, and reading. After several rejection letters, I decided to take a break from submitting my stories to publishers. I packed my manuscripts away in a desk drawer, but continued writing down my ideas. I soon got busy living my life and raising a family. Suddenly, I blinked and ten years had passed. In 2009, I decided to dust off my manuscripts and start submitting my writing to publishers again. I pulled out all my rejection letters and read those again, too. It helped motivate me to make some positive changes to my stories.
Being published is a dream come true. I would not be here today if it weren't for many people along the way who helped me one step at a time. It has been a long journey. If I can give you one piece of advice it would be: Don't wait too long to chase your dreams. Although, my ten years of waiting helped me grow, and become a better writer, what if I had never pulled my books out again? So, whoever you are and whatever your dreams are, don't pack them away for too long!
Book Types: Fiction
Audience Types: Children
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Picture Books
Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? Yes
If you are willing to do programs, will you charge a fee? Fees are negotiable.
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Author's Web site: http://www.debrarbarry.moonfruit.com/
Books By This Author
- Making Friends is Ruff, CreateSpace Publishing, 2014
- The Wheel, CreateSpace Publishing, 2014
- Brady Pickles, America Star Books, 2011
- Loneliest Leaf, PublishAmerica, Baltimore, 2011.
- Debbie's Eyes, PublishAmerica, Baltimore, 2011.
- Aly~oop, PublishAmerica, Baltimore, 2010.