Can you tell us about your new book? Sassy Pants Learns About Strange Creatures is a continuation of the story of Sassy Pants learning to overcome difficulties she, in large part, created. In this story she tackles fear and worry—fear of her father’s reaction, and fear of those animals different from the ones she is used to. Her worry and fear make the situation much more scary than it really is. When she faces the situation instead of running away or hiding, she finds friends and learns to call for help when it is needed. By calling for help, and help comes, she has a new picture, a bigger, more complete picture of her father that’s not scary at all.
What is the message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?
There are actually two. The first is that if we can keep from being offended by differences (like looks or smell) we may find a good friend. On the other hand, some strangers are truly dangerous. We need to learn the difference and know who to call for help.
The second is that fear and worry exaggerate our problems. The good news is that we can overcome fear and worry.
What inspired you to write this book? My husband urged me to write a sequel to the first book in the Sassy Pants series. He argued that she was so naughty in the first book that I should give her the opportunity to redeem herself. But I didn’t have another story in me. I even asked God’s help in convincing him that there were no more stories, and that was when God downloaded the rest of the series! So…here we are!
For those who aren’t familiar with your work, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I began writing in 1996 about highly sensitive people and how sensitivity affects you as in individual. My purpose was to give voice and vocabulary for people’s experience of life. It was a lot of work and I was relieved when done! I told God that I didn’t want to write any more hard books. I guess He was good with that because that is when He downloaded the stories in the Sassy Pants series!
Whether I am writing for adults or children, my focus is to leave the reader not only with a nugget of knowledge, but that they are in some way wiser, stronger in character and more able to make wise decisions. I believe humor helps us learn more easily so you will find I use it liberally!
A brief bio: “Carol began telling stories when she had enough brothers to make an audience!” (She has four brothers and one sister!) She and her husband reside in Grand Rapids, MI. with Carol’s elderly mother. They have two daughters on the west coast and five grandchildren. Carol was raised in a farming community in Iowa. She enjoys reading, nature and music, playing the piano, knitting, crocheting, painting and telling stories! As a retired educator, “I dedicate myself to knitting sweaters and spinning yarns!”
She received her B.A. in anthropology and languages in 1968, teaching certification in 1972 and while her children were small, she substituted in the local elementary school and was a stay-at-home Mom. In 1986, she received her M.A. in College Instruction with special emphasis in English as a Second Language and taught E.S.L at North Idaho Jr. College, Gonzaga University, and Whitworth College. She joined her husband at Elijah House, Inc., Post Falls, ID as Education Director in 1989. She and her husband taught Elijah House principles both nationally and internationally. In 1995 she retired due to difficulties that were later diagnosed as multiple sclerosis.”
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Links: website – http://porchlight.joystarters.com