Bringing Joy to the Reader
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Pirates and Spooks, Beware! is a fun collection of poetry around the theme of pirates. What served as your inspiration when putting this collection together?
My inspiration for this book of children’s poetry actually came from my background as a graduate student in history at UCLA. I studied seventeenth-century English history. After I left graduate school I wrote historical articles on pirates for a few years. Once I even made the front cover of a magazine with a piece on Ann Bonny, a fearsome eighteenth-century pirate woman who out fought the men on board ship. Several years later I wrote a poem for fun on Stinky Pete, a smelly, unhygienic swashbuckler who managed to court and marry 11 women despite his untidy ways. I had fun writing it and I knew I was hooked. From then on I began to work on a collection of pirate and spooky poems featuring my real historical knowledge of the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean. All my pirate poems are based on my real research in original texts and documents from the eighteenth century. I wrote the poems to amuse myself and children and hope they will do so bringing joy to the reader.
I enjoyed the vibrant illustrations in this book. What was the art collaboration like with Bobbie Kogok on this book?
Working on the illustrations with Bobbie Kogok was a delight. I met her through my church and we became close and fast friends sharing in the fun a children’s book is to create. I knew of her background in art and asked her to illustrate my book because I liked her and the whimsy she creates in her pictures. She is a busy artist now creating more children’s illustrations for books. She always has a project in hand.
When do you do most of your poetry writing?
I do my writing mostly in the early morning. I like to rise by 4 am when the world is still quiet and waking up. I can think best in the morning and delightfully, I live next to a horse farm. So in the still morning light that breaks over the paddock beside my house, I get to watch the deer wander over and feed on the grass that sometimes grows all the way up to their tummies. It’s a magical time for me and one where I feel the most delight in writing and crafting a poem.
Will you be publishing more theme based educational books for kids?
I have in mind a children’s mystery novel about a young girl who must solve the theft of a magical item before the misuse of it wrecks havoc on her neighborhood. I’m not sure when I’ll have time to write it though because I’m very busy working toward contributing to prison ministry. The story stays in my head and heart and I hope one day to return to it.
If you need anything further from me, please let me know. It’s been a delight to work with your company. Your responses have been most gratifying.
Shiver me timbers! Pirates and parrots, mummies and mermaids–get ready for these fun and funky creatures to tickle your funny bone and send a chill down your spine! Between the lines of these eerie poems, a lady pirate fights her battles in stolen ball gowns, a cannibal decides to become a vegetarian, and a ghost hitches a ride in the family car. You’d better get started: it’s all hands on deck!
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