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Author Interview with Lynn Sanders

Updated on September 25, 2018
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I am the author of three middle grade children's books, and I blog on the side. My favorite topics are movies, writing, and pop culture.

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Introduction

Any writer can tell you that they are always being fed story ideas from people who know that they are a writer. Whenever someone has a bizarre encounter, a funny exchange, or an inspiring situation, they inevitably turn to the closest writer and say, “This would make a good book. You should write about this.”

Writers can write about anything, but they also know which stories they want to spend their writing time developing. A story can’t just be worth telling. It has to be worth telling to that particular writer.

Children’s author Lynn Sanders found her inspiration in learning about a successful movement to save some whooping cranes. She then relayed this story in print in order to inspire and motivate readers to take interest in the subject, or at least tackle their own goals in life. In the interview below, Sanders describes the impact that writing the book has had on her. Her books are proof that when the right idea comes along, it’s important to recognize when inspiration hits and run with it.

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The Interview

How many books have you written, and where can you buy them?

I’ve written two children’s books: Dancing With Tex: The Remarkable Friendship To Save The Whooping Cranes, (published in June, 2016) and Social Justice: How You Can Make A Difference, published as part of a series through Capstone Press (2009). They can be bought on Amazon, as well as through several bookstores, Wild Birds Unlimited stores, and through certain crane organizations

What famous books can you compare to your own?

Snowflake Bentley – by Jacqueline Briggs Martin.

Why do you write for this particular age group?

I like writing for any age group – especially youth who are eager for knowledge.

How autobiographical are your books?

My books are autobiographical in the sense that they reinforce my values of having faith, belief and perseverance in achieving one’s dreams.

What’s the best compliment that you’ve ever received about your writing?

“I loved every page in 'Dancing with Tex'. The simple yet profound story between Tex & George is an eternal message of believing in your dreams, asking for help and never giving up. It should be a handbook for every adult and child." - Helice "Sparky" Bridges, Founder - DifferenceMakers International.org Founder - BlueRibbonWorldwide.com and IgniteWhatsRight.com OneBillionDreams.com. Advancing Human Potential Through the Power of Acknowledgment

What has been your greatest moment as a writer so far?

Holding my book, Dancing With Tex, in my hands for the first time.

Where do you get your covers?

I hired illustrator Sergio Drumond who created my book cover and the interior illustrations for my book.

Who is your biggest fan?

My mother – who is now in spirit form.

What is next for you?

Attract sponsors to underwrite costs for a series of inspiring difference makers books. I have certain leaders in education, the arts and social services that I’d like to write about.

End with a quote (from one of your books, a favorite quote by someone else, or one that has been on your mind recently).

“We should care for the land and the life it supports, so the land will always sustain life. Not everyone can dance with Whooping Cranes, but we all can do a dance to promote life on Earth.” - George Archibald, Co-Founder of The International Crane Foundation.

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    • Laura335 profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Smith 

      2 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Yes, I think that's something that publishers ask themselves when they consider publishing a new manuscript. I think when we get hooked on a genre, we look for other books like the great books we have previously read. So, I like to help gain interest in the books these authors have written to the readers that prefer that genre. Thanks for the comment!

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Laura, you always ask, "What famous books can you compare to your own?" That reminds me that writers have to read. I'd like to be able to answer that question when I publish.

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