Get to know an author! Carol Brown, a children’s book author.

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For those who aren’t familiar with your work, can you tell us a little about yourself?

I began writing in 1996 about highly sensitive people and how sensitivity affects you as in individual. My purpose was to give voice and vocabulary for people’s experience of life. It was a lot of work and I was relieved when it was done! I told God that I didn’t want to do any more hard books. I guess He was good with that because then He downloaded the stories in the Sassy Pants series!

 

Whether I am writing for adults or children, my focus is to leave the reader not only with a nugget of knowledge, but that they are in some way wiser, stronger in character and more able to make wise decisions. I believe humor helps us learn more easily so you will find I use it liberally!

 

How many books have you written? I’ve written 3 for adults and about 10 for children…3 of them are published.

 

What is the hardest thing about writing for you? Editing is tedious for me…but the marketing aspects of writing bewilder and nearly overwhelm me. So, I am very thankful for my friend and publisher. She keeps me on task and grounded!

 

Do you ever get discouraged? Yes, but not with the writing as much as with my energy level which impacts how much I can do on any given day.

 

If so, how do you overcome it? I’ve learned that the fastest way to come out of a physical or mental slump is to be gracious and give myself permission to recover at whatever pace my body sets for me. I’ve also learned that growing joy in relationships kick-starts energy.

 

Can you tell us about your new book? Sassy Pants Learns About Strange Creatures finds her worrying about reactions as she tries to make amends and encounters critters that are different from herself or any other resident of Farmer White’s farm. She is not sure how to react! She seeks the advice of someone older and wiser. She learns there is a “strange” that is just different from me – these are friends you have not yet met. And then there is “strange” that is dangerous and that requires a very different reaction! She discovers an entirely different picture of her father.

 

Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp? Yes— Fear and worry exaggerate our problems. The good news is that we can overcome fear and worry. And secondly, if we can not be offended by differences (like looks or smell) we may find a good friend. On the other hand, some strangers are truly dangerous. We need to learn the difference and know who to call for help.

 

 

What inspired you to write this book? My husband urged me to write a sequel to the first book in the Sassy Pants series. He argued that she was so naughty in the first book that I should give her the opportunity to redeem herself. But I didn’t have another story in me. I even asked God’s help in convincing him there were no more stories, and that was when God downloaded the rest of the series. So…here we are!

 

 

Do you have any other books in the works? Yes, there is an adult devotional that is in process and at least 3 more children’s books in this series.

 

Do you talk to your characters? Yes! Of course, that’s how I find out what is going on with them. Some of the characters in the novels I’ve not yet written will step out periodically and ask if I’m ready to start. I hate to send them back, but I have to finish publishing these children’s stories. Then I will be free to begin the research.

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? When you have an urge from God, an inspiration or idea, start writing as fast as you can. Don’t worry about grammar and spelling—fix that later when the inspiration is spent. Then go to someone whom you trust “with the things precious to you” and have them read it. Ask for an honest reaction/critique. You can become so involved with what you write—you know what you mean—that you can miss important transitions and places that need further clarification. You can make connections in your mind that you have not put down on paper, which can leave readers scratching their heads. Another writer friend can point these places out for you!

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Here’s an excerpt!

SASSY PANTS LEARNS About Strange Creatures

The strange creature stared at her a few moments, then made a smart sharp turn and continued on, like he was measuring off the boundaries of the whole farm. He wheezed and grunted as he walked, and every few steps he accompanied himself with an awful smelling toot. Sassy Pants blinked two times, just in case she needed to wake herself up.

But the strange creature was still moving along the fence. For a few moments she just stood there. Was that thing the dangerous kind of strange, or just a different kind? How could she tell?

He had a nose that looked all pushed in, and long flappy lips that hung down on both sides of his mouth. His face was all wrinkly, and his lower jaw stuck out. But the strangest thing of all was he only had three and a half legs! The last half was wooden! Sassy Pants had never seen anything like it.

Oh, dear! That was too much in one day for one little pig. So, as soon as the strange creature was far enough ahead not to care what was behind, Sassy Pants slipped back into her pigpen, squished herself into her comfy spot near the water hole, and closed her eyes.

In fact, she spent the rest of the day in the pigpen. Just sleeping, and doing pig things. Her pigpen didn’t feel like such a bad place to be, anymore. Not really. Especially if you were a pig. Tomorrow would be soon enough to think about strange creatures… apologizing to the big Boss Hog… and the coming of the Great Separation.

She didn’t give those things another thought. At least, not until after breakfast the next day. All the way up until the time she saw Old Clyde moving slowly along the other side of the fence, trimming some of he long sweet grass around a post where the pigpen and the pasture joined together. He had known about the critter-spitter, so, maybe he would know about the creature with a wooden leg, too.

“Old Clyde!” She called out to him before she even got close enough to say hello. “You will never guess—there’s another strange creature on this farm!”

The barnyard counselor looked through the fence at her. “Did it have three and a half legs, and a scrunched up nose? And did it grunt when it walked, and toot every other step?”

“‘How’d you know?”
“I have eyes and ears, Sassy Pants.”

“Oh, yeah. And a nose, too. Peee-oooo!”

“Now, why would you care what he smells like? You being a pig.”

“I know I smell like a pig, Old Clyde, but this is different. Pigs don’t smell that bad!”

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About Author Carol Brown

 

“I began telling stories when I had enough brothers to make an audience!” (She has four brothers and one sister!) She and her husband reside in Grand Rapids, MI. with Carol’s elderly mother. They have two daughters on the west coast and five grandchildren. Carol was raised in a farming community in Iowa. She enjoys reading, nature and music, playing the piano, knitting, crocheting, painting and telling stories! As a retired educator, “I dedicate myself to knitting sweaters and spinning yarns!

Educational info about Carol:

She received her B.A. in anthropology and languages in 1968, teaching certification in 1972 and while her children were small, she substituted in the local elementary school and was a stay-at-home Mom. In 1986, she received her M.A. in College Instruction with special emphasis in English as a Second Language and taught E.S.L at North Idaho Jr. College, Gonzaga University, and Whitworth College. She joined her husband at Elijah House, Inc., Post Falls, ID as Education Director in 1989. She and her husband taught Elijah House principles both nationally and internationally. In 1995 she retired due to difficulties that were later diagnosed as multiple sclerosis.”

Links: website – http://porchlight.joystarters.com

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/carol.brown.5682

Twitter account: @CarolABrown4

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1 Comment

  • Carol A. Brown

    Reply Reply November 20, 2015

    Thanks so much for having me Emma. It’s fun to share this story with everyone.

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