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Tips from the Pros: Katrina Cassel

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the honor of interviewing scuba-diving, ukulele-playing author Katrina Cassel, who writes nonfiction for girls and preteens. Because if you write for children, you have to stay young at heart!

Katrina, how did you get into writing?

Katrina Cassel
Katrina Cassel

I always enjoyed writing but never thought it could be a career, so I went into teaching. But moving around with my Air Force husband meant trying to recertify in different states, so instead I worked more on my writing. Then with all the changes in education it was no longer “fun,” so I never went back to teaching but focused on raising our children and writing. (I have eight children—two by birth, one step and five adopted, three of whom are from Haiti).

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Tips from the Pros: Dr. Lainna Callentine

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! Well, this is a fun interview for me. As a pharmacist dragged into writing by the Lord, I enjoyed reading Dr. Lainna Callentine’s story—a pediatrician dragged into writing by the Lord. Hmm. Dr. Callentine uses her background in medicine and homeschooling to teach anatomy and physiology to children—and now she has a series of books for children on these subjects.

Dr. Callentine, how did you get into writing?

Dr. Lainna Callentine
Dr. Lainna Callentine

I never had an interest in being an author. Crazy, right? This is not the way most authors typically start off an interview. It was not on my radar. I always had a love and a passion for science. I felt called to be a doctor at the tender age of four years old. I spent many days in the hospital as asthmatic child. Suffering from severe asthma kept me in the mix of medical professionals. I would watch the doctors and nurses care for me, and it inspired me to want to be a children’s doctor. God has been so gracious to allow me to care for the most amazing patients as a pediatrician.

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Tips from the Pros: Crystal Bowman

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! This past spring I had the joy of serving on the faculty at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference with Crystal Bowman. I was impressed with her passion for writing for children, and you’ll be impressed with her creative ideas for speaking events.

Crystal, how many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

Crystal Bowman
Crystal Bowman

Over 100 books for children. I have also written 3 books for women and contributed to several anthologies, but I have found my niche in the children’s market. Some of my latest titles are Our Daily Bread for Kids, Our Daily Bread for Preschoolers, and M is for Manger.

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Tips from the Pros: Marsha Hubler

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! As children head into the summer doldrums, it’s a great time to interview Marsha Hubler, author of horse stories that kids adore! Also, Marsha shares about the Montrose Christian Writers Conference in July, where she’s serving as director—sounds phenomenal!

Marsha, how many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

Marsha Hubler
Marsha Hubler

I have twenty published books, including Snow, Phantom Stallion of the Poconos and Heartwarming Horse Stories (Edited and Compiled by Marsha Hubler)

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Tips from the Pros: Susan K. Marlow

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the joy of interviewing Susan K. Marlow, author of twenty books for children and teens!

Susan, what are a few of your latest titles?

Susan K. Marlow
Susan K. Marlow

The Circle C Milestones, a YA historical series for 12 and up includes these new titles: Thick as Thieves, Heartbreak Trail, The Last Ride (new), and Courageous Love (November 2016).

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Tips from the Pros: Sherry Kyle

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin! Today I have the joy of interviewing Sherry Kyle, a close friend of mine. Over a decade ago, Sherry and I met at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, when we were both newbie writers longing for publication. It’s been a joy to see dreams come true for this talented writer who has such a heart for women and tween girls.

Sherry Kyle
Sherry Kyle

Sherry, how many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

I have seven books published—three novels and four books for tween girls—as well as a couple of stories in compilations. My new titles for tween girls are The Girl’s Guide to Life (Feb. 2016, RoseKidz) and Love, Lexi: Letters to God (March 2016, Tyndale).

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Tips from the Pros: Mary Hamilton

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the honor of interviewing Mary Hamilton, one of CAN’s newest members, an author who saw the desperate need for Christian fiction for tween boys—and filled it.

Mary, how did you get into writing? How many books do you have published?

Mary Hamilton
Mary Hamilton

I’ve enjoyed writing since I was very young, but it wasn’t until I became a stay-at-home mom that I pursued writing for publication. To start with, I wrote articles for some Christian magazines, and I wrote a Christmas play for the church I attended. When I turned to fiction and novels, I wrote what I knew, a Bible camp series for young teens. The Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series includes Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, and See No Evil.

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Tips from the Pros: Carol McAdams Moore

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin

Merry Christmas from Sarah Sundin in rainy (at last!) California! Today I have the joy of interviewing Carol McAdams Moore, the author of two new devotional books for tween boys and girls. Recently I introduced my fourth- and fifth-grade Sunday school class to the books, and they were a huge hit with kids and teachers alike!

Carol, how did you get into writing? How many books do you have published?

Carol McAdams Moore
Carol McAdams Moore

I began as a teacher of the deaf. Many materials I used in the classroom needed to be rewritten, using specific word choice and sentence structure. I also had to keep the interests and age level of my readers/students in mind as I chose things to rewrite. Playing with words to engage with a specific reader became a passion. For a number of years I did work-for-hire assignments. Dare U 2 Open This Book and Just Sayin’ are my first two books with royalty contracts.

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Tips from the Pros: Crystal Bowman

"Pieper1"A warm greeting from sunny Florida, where fall means
cooler days, shorter nights, and (as my teenage daughters say), choosing the
flip-flops with the wider straps. Today, I have the privilege of sharing an
interview with fellow Florida author Crystal Bowman. I first met Crystal when
we taught together at the Florida Christian Writers Conference, and I’m
delighted to share her words of wisdom today.

How did you get into writing, Crystal?                                
"Crystal

I started writing when I was 10
years old. I loved writing poems—some funny and some serious.

My first professional writing
opportunity (decades later) was an offer to write lyrics for children’s piano
music. That was in 1990. and I am still writing for the same composers.

How many books do you have published?

Around 75—mostly kids’ books,
but also three nonfiction books for women.