Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Sheri Poe-Pape. Age 57.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Rockford, Illinois, USA
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Though Sheri Poe-Pape has written many internet articles about people in the arts and in history, “Cassie’s Marvelous Music Lessons” and “Cassie Pup Takes the Cake??” are the author’s first two children’s books. She has also been Director/Educator of the Pape Conservatory of Music for the past thirty-nine years. Each day, she warms up on the piano, and for fifteen of those years, a small dog has been her constant companion.
In recent years, little Cassie has stood on the right side of the keyboard and brushed the author’s hands off the piano keys and helped also to be a ‘baker’s helper’ – habits that inspired these stories! The author is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where she studied music, English and creative writing. She lives with her family in Northern Illinois, where she continues to write and to teach music-alongside Cassie.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Working on my third books’ illustrations. First two books have hit #1 on Amazon.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
After graduating in 2007 from Institute of Children’s Literature and I felt a calling to write children’s books.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I won my first children’s book award.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My dog Cassie inspired my first book and sequels based upon her real-life antics.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Again, it was my dog Cassie’s antics that come into the title.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
No specific style. Just the marketing of it.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
About 85% is real and 15% is fiction.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Sometimes just a country ride before I start writing.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I come up with the cover and all the pages’ ideas and submit it to the illustrator.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Just for all to get along in the world.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
No new authors. My favourite author is Hans Christian Anderson.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My kindergarten teacher, Connie Mayfield.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I definitely do.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Just to be as creative as I can be.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
It would be animated, so I would have Cassie back in cartoon form.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Believe in yourself.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Keep a watch out for my future Cassie books!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
No time to read right now.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The Boxcar Children.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Old British comedies. Mistreatment of animals.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I got to, Davy Jones, who became a close acquaintance. #1 Monkees fan!
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Writing is my hobby.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
American Idol, old British comedies.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Spaghetti, purple, the Monkees.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would shrivel up like a flower.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With a very quick trip to the English countryside.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Bless the Beasts and the Children.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Sheri-Poe-Pape/e/B00U0K4RKO/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1