Monday, April 18, 2011
Day 1 : Meet Children's Author, Donna McDine
I am thrilled to be hosting day one of the NWFCC's April Showcase of Children's authors. This will be one fun and exciting week. Please join me in welcoming today's author.
Welcome to day one of Donna McDine’s 6-day NWFCC April Author Showcase tour.
Terri, thank you for hosting me on Day 1 as I kick-off my NWFCC April Author Showcase.
My road to becoming a children’s author took quite the different path, one that I wasn’t even sure at the time would lead me to writing for children, but it did. When I was a child, I enjoyed watching the television program, Lou Grant with my dad, and became mesmerized on how a reporter put a story together and I dreamed of becoming a reporter one day. For some reason or another, I did not follow this early dream and worked in administration for several Fortune 500 companies for many years. Not until I came across the Institute of Children’s Literature aptitude test in 2006 did my dream of becoming a writer reawaken.
As for how and why I came to write The Golden Pathway it came through my fascination of history even as a young child. And when I found myself taking up residence (as an adult) in the historical hamlet of Tappan, NY (Rockland County) I became even more enthralled. Coupled with my father’s involvement with the Rockland County Historical Society in creating artist replicas of the numerous historical locations throughout the county I found myself further drawn into the past. Then as a student at the Institute of Children’s Literature I jumped at the chance to develop a historical fiction story about a young southern boy against slavery. And here I am today several years later with my first published children’s book in my hands.
It’s been quite the roller coaster ride and one that I wouldn’t trade in for the world.
Read what reviewers are saying about The Golden Pathway - Http://donnamcdine.com/images/Book_Review_Excerpts_-_The_Golden_Pathway.pdf
Follow Day 2 of Ms. McDine's tour tomorrow at http://www.nancyisanders.wordpress.com/