This week I’m a part of indie children’s book author Tiffany Turner’s 4th annual Back-To-School Blog Tour, a great way to start the new school year. Discover your new favorite author, find a new blog to follow and snag some bargain books or even freebies. You can even win a $25 shopping spree on Amazon in the Rafflecopter giveaway! (Scroll down for links!)
Today, Tiffany is interviewing children’s author Marcy Blesy (and on Thursday she will be interviewing me! And I’ve never been interviewed before so anything can happen! You must come back and see that!) You can read the interview with Marcy Blesy here, but before you head on over, you should scroll down and read my interview with the woman behind it all, Tiffany Turner.
Meet Tiffany Turner!
Tiffany Turner is a writer that lives in Northern California. She has been an elementary teacher for 18 years, and taught third, fourth and fifth grade throughout her years of teaching. She enjoys traveling and participating in Renaissance Fairs in Northern California where she plays the Gaelic harp. In her other spare time, she wire wraps crystal pendants. At home, she enjoys her quiet time with her cat, Zeta, and her husband. The cat, of course, is the center of attention.
Who was your favorite children’s author and how did they influence you?
My favorite children’s author while I was growing up was Judy Blume. I got a book set of her books for Christmas when I was 11, and I dove in. My favorite all time book is Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. It was the first book I related with as a kid. The other author I loved and influenced my writing the most was Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle In Time. It got me interested in Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and I’ve been reading that genre since.
What is your most memorable school moment?
There was a day in Jr. High that was a perfect day. I got a B+ on my Algebra test when the rest of the class barely passed. I won a raffle in English class and got a basket of goodies. I can still taste the holiday taffy that was in it. And it was all on the last day before Christmas break. I just remember the feeling of being so happy; it has stayed with me for years.
Do you have a writing routine?
Oh yes. When I was living in Sydney a few summers ago, I got into a writing routine I still have today. I wake up and spend my morning working on promotion and social media. Then, I’ll have lunch. After, I have a writing session of about 1-2 hours on whatever project I happen to be working on. Then, I’ll make dinner. After, I will usually have a second writing session, especially if I’m on deadline.
On the weekend, I will sometimes have just one writing session, or I’m doing activities. During the weekdays, I follow this routine pretty much like any other job. I also tend to play YouTube playlists which help me concentrate. I have several playlists of my favorite 80s New Wave/Pop videos. Some of my other playlists include Panic At The Disco, Adam Lambert, and Taylor Swift.
Was there anything in school that was difficult for you?
Yes. Believe it or not, I had speech problems as a kid. I was a lower reader, and struggled with my Language Arts. It took awhile, but I was able to overcome it, and became good at reading.
What is writing to you in one sentence?
Don’t give up and keep writing no matter what.
What projects are you working on right now?
I’m currently writing the fourth and last book in the Crystal Keeper Chronicles. Due to some health issues, there had been a big gap between book 3 and the one I’m working on. But it was a pretty serious health issue. I basically had a heart attack, septic shock, and had to go through physical therapy. So, I’m hoping my fans will understand about the delay.
Also, I’m so thankful to be well enough to be able to write again. I haven’t been able to return to teaching, but I am working on creating all of my Writing lesson plans to help other teachers. They are available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
Get the first book in the Crystal Keeper Chronicles for only $0.99!
The Lost Secret of Fairies is discounted to $0.99 during the Back-To-School Blog Tour. Get it here!
Wanda has always read about adventure. Now she was in the middle of one. The World of Fairies is real and she is their new Crystal Keeper, human caretaker to the World of Fairies. But the Fairy World is in trouble. The fairies are falling ill from the pollution that ravages the world above. Wanda has to find the key to their cure, before it is too late.
But like in all adventures, there are a few unanswered questions to solve. What has happened to the old Keeper? What are Germites? And can Wanda get used to her cat giving her backtalk while trying not to get grounded for helping the fairies? Join Wanda on her adventure, while she finds out that sometimes the best solution to a problem is the one you find within yourself.
Other Back-To-School Blog Tour Special Offers:
Everyone gets a free copy of Konrad and the Birthday Painting!