I am so excited to be doing my first author interview with a Children’s Book Author! Mister Chu and I reviewed her books a little while back and we adored them! So here’s my interview with this gorgeous lady, Claressa Swensen!
Megan: Why did you decide to write kid’s books?
Claressa: Well, I’ve always had a passion for creating things and I also really love kids (probably because I’m a child at heart myself), so I guess it’s only natural I fell into writing children’s books.
Megan: Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? If not, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
Claressa: When I was 15, I got my first job as a nanny, and have always worked as a nanny since then. I used to come up with fun stories to tell the kids that would teach little lessons, like learning to share or being kind to your siblings. So when I decided to hire an illustrator and publish my first story, there was a huge feeling of accomplishment there. And seeing the children interact and learn from my books has been the most rewarding part of it all. I guess writing has become a part of who I am, and I could never see myself quitting.
Megan: What is your favorite genre to read? Or how about a favorite author or book(s) that inspires your writing career?
Claressa: Well, I’ve always loved the Berenstain Bears’ books. I try to incorporate the same meaningful values into my stories.
Megan: Who doesn’t love the Berenstain Bears 🙂 Okay, now for a fun little question: a favorite food?
Claressa: I enjoy ethnic foods. I love trying new things. My favorites are Curry and Italian!
Megan: Okay, how about anything else you would like to share with us?
Claressa: I actually just released the first book in a new Dinosaur rhyming series called Dino Dino Doing Homework. The pictures are phenomenal and every one of my stories teaches a valuable lesson.
Megan: Mister Chu read Dino Dino Doing Homework and loved it! You’re right, the pictures are gorgeous 🙂 Claressa, thank you so much for taking the time to interview with me!
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Go check out her books if you’re looking for an adorable read for your little ones!