Good, happy Saturday you all! I’m writing to you today to introduce a new children’s book author. I had the pleasure to sit down with Claressa Swensen to get a few questions answered and to support her books. So sit back and enjoy the ride!
Claressa Swensen is the author of multiple children’s picture books including “Little Bear and his chair”. When she’s not writing, she’s busy being a mom to her own little bookworm. Claressa resides in northern Utah.
Interview with Children’s Author Claressa Swensen
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I published my first book in 2016, although I have been writing much longer. I took a special interest in writing music when I was younger, but after spending a lot of time working in childcare, I became aware of my passion in writing children’s books.
Q: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
A: My laptop, I use it for everything! Writing, marketing, communicating with readers, everything. I honestly don’t know what I would do without it.
Q: What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
A: I’m lucky to have many friends who are fellow authors. Some are published traditionally, others are indie, some write for children just like me and others write in different genres. Whatever category a writer falls into, it’s comforting to know how accepting the writing community is to new authors. I have found my writer friends invaluable in that many are happy to offer their wisdom, advice, as well as introduce me to helpful resources like local critique groups and online community pages. I owe a lot of my success so far to the other authors in the community.
Q: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
A: I couldn’t even tell you, I have had so many story ideas that didn’t turn into anything. I also have stories that have been finished but I decided that they weren’t right for the market at the time.
Q: Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad ones?
A: I usually try not to, but I am too much of a curious person, so every once in a while I end up peeking. Obviously it’s disheartening to see a review where someone didn’t like my book, but I try not to let it bother me too much since everyone has a different opinion. It really is impossible to please everyone, no statement is more true than that. Negative reviews can also be helpful, pushing me to better my writing.
Q: If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
A: I’m sure I would find another career where get to work with children; whether that be teaching, childcare, pediatric dental/medical, etc. I couldn’t imagine not getting to work around kids, it’s the most rewarding part of what I do.
Q: What does literary success look like to you?
A: Knowing that my books are helping parents and bringing joy to their kids is a literary success to me. However, it would also be nice to make enough off my books to have writing be my full time job.
Q: Where can we find you and your books?
A: My website is http://claressaswensen.com/index.html.
You can also find my books under my name on Amazon, Walmart and Barnes and Noble. Don’t forget to follow me at facebook.com/ClaressaSwensenOfficial.
Dino Dino Doing Homework
Little Bear and His Chair
Teensy The Littlest Fairy
Nap Time with Harry
I hope you all have enjoyed are sit down with Ms. Swenson as much as I have! Thank you for your time Claressa we appreciate learning more about you and your books!
Have a great weekend everyone! What are your reading plans?