Today's guest is Clarike Bowman-Jahn. Clarike worked as a registered nurse for thirty two years before finally trading that job for her true love, writing. Clarike’s short stories have been published in the anthology of the “Campaigner’s Challenges 2011” Book.
When Clarike is not writing, she does volunteer work for a local elementary school and her church. She also likes taking long walks with her husband, blogging, and reading books. She is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Pennwriters, Bethesda Writer’s Center, and Round Hill Writer’s Group. She lives in rural Loudoun County, Virginia, with her humorous husband, a senior dog, and two cats. And she is the proud mother of two wonderful grown sons and a grandmother to a delightful grandson.
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The place to buy Annie's Special Day is here.
In Annie's Special Day, a little girl celebrates her birthday with an adventure every hour. It is a basic concept book about time and clocks.
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I was recovering from a fever and found the early songbirds so beautiful in my open window that I wanted to record them. Not having a tape recorder the next best thing was writing it all down and then I hit upon the voice of a little girl and her hearing them change over every hour. I just started writing a story about how she would hear something every hour and see a related activity every hour. All the hearing things have since been edited out but the activities remain.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
That depends on how many revisions you want me to admit to. When I made a book dummy it was a couple of months later but in all the publishing part has been longer than a year.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The creative process of getting the words down.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Finding a publisher.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Jane Yolan because I admire her prolific amount of writing, all good by the way. And would love to tap into how she does it.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Some Halvah that is older than a year.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I have written another picture book that I wan t to query but am afraid the subject’s been done too much so have my reservations. As far as the future, I don’t aim to stop writing.