Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.

Fiona: Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us about yourself. How old are you?

Claressa: I’m Claressa Swensen, a 24 year old author of 5 picture books. I live in northern Utah with my husband, daughter and 2 dogs. I have been writing since I was a child and published my first picture book in 2016.

 Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Claressa: My new picture book, “How To Make a Mom” will release to major retailers on August 15th. How To Make a Mom is a short story combined cookbook which both tells a sweet story about a mother’s love while teaching children to bake. I am so excited to share this story with the world!

 Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Claressa: “How To Make a Mom” is an easy to follow recipe book for kids that also talks about the different responsibilities a mother has. How To Make a Mom was a very fitting title and came to me early in the process of writing the story.

Fiona: Who designed the illustrations?

Claressa: My amazing illustrator is Alena Paklina. I typically sketch a concept illustration, and she works her magic to bring it to life. Alena is from Russia and she illustrated my previous book “Little Bear and His Chair”.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

Claressa: If writing is your passion, don’t let anything stop you from pursuing it. It’s not going to be easy, but you are helping people through your words. It’s a gift, never take it for granted.

 Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Claressa: I appreciate every single one of you and want to thank you for the ongoing support. It’s an honor to have my stories read in your home and I hope they encourage more reading and bonding with your little ones. Thank you!

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?

Claressa: Yes please follow me at https://www.facebook.com/ClaressaSwensenOfficial  or sign up for my newsletter at www. https://claressaswensen.com/ to keep updated with latest releases and contests!