Today we’re hosting Day 1 of a 5-day virtual tour for Joan Leotta’s new children’s book, Summer in a Bowl.
This tour is sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center.
In today’s post, Joan tells us about herself as a writer.
Author Joan Leotta
So, who am I as a writer?
Wow. That is something to think about.
I guess I am still, deep inside, that little girl with a crayon making scribbles on construction paper and then “reading” her story to anyone she could pin down to listen.
That’s how it all started.
School was a big factor in encouraging me, learning how to make my love of words into something that could delight others and myself.
How to organize. Good grammar. How to use poetic “tricks” like metaphor, parallelism, and more to make my poetry better and to make all of my writing better.
All along, I was, have been, and am reading, reading, reading.
I read widely and perhaps I can blame that on my lack of genre focus.
What do I write?
I write mysteries (short stories and novels), history, food. I write for newspapers – yes, I am a journalist (30 years)!
I also write poetry and plays and essays.
I have been fortunate enough to find publishers in each genre.
I write for the general public and, oh, yes, I write for children – how could I not?
It is my hope that my writing will inspire another child to take up crayon and write as well.
At the end of this month, my second picture book will be released and write now, my first chapbook of poems is up for pre-sale on Finishing Line Press’ site.
Interestingly, both deal with food, at least in the title – Summer in a Bowl; and Languid.. with Lemon.
I believe writing for children is my highest calling as a writer.
To follow each day of this tour, get the links at the National Writing for Children Center.