Three Times a Charm is a weekly feature that spotlights authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the publishing industry.
This week children’s author, Nancy Sharpe, who joins us to talk about her newest release, a picture book called, If Wishes Were Fishes. Let’s learn a little about Nancy:
N.A. Sharpe was born in Wilmington, Delaware and attended the University of Delaware studying Psychology and Elementary Education. She is a single mom and currently lives in central Florida with her son and three dogs, Xena (a German Shepherd), NaNu (a Morkie) and Figment (a Yorkie).
Throughout high school and college, she volunteered in the elementary school system, and, after receiving her degree, taught autistic and schizophrenic children in a private school in Pennsylvania for five years before moving on to an administrative career.
She has always had a deep rooted love of storytelling and children's literature. This is her first picture book. She has one fantasy book published and is currently writing a Young Adult fantasy adventure series in collaboration with her son.
Wow, Nancy, I’ve known you for a number of years now and I didn’t know you worked with authistic and schizophrenic children. That’s really admirable.
Tell us more about your newest release, If Wishes Were Fishes.
JT Trumanowski is a six-year old with a BIG problem…his grandparents! How do you survive a whole weekend alone with them when you do exactly what they say and still end up in so much trouble?!
JT adores his grandparents and is thrilled to be invited to spend the weekend with them. He tries hard to follow their requests to a “T” with one disastrously humorous result after another. “Why can’t they just say what they mean?” he wonders. Talk about a failure to communicate! Join JT as he discovers people may mean what they say, they just don’t always say what they mean…clearly.
If Wishes Were Fishes, from 4RV Publishing is my first picture book. It is illustrated by the very talented Ginger Nielson and was awarded second place in the Preditors and Editors readers’ poll. I am very excited to announce this book has recently been released in Kindle and Nook format for those who prefer their books electronically, and, of course, is available in paperback format on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and bookstores everywhere. I am more than happy to send autographed bookplates for readers who would like to have them.
Now, for the Threes. Share with us your top 3’s to help us know you a little better.
· Top 3 pieces of advice for people just starting in your business.
* Read. Really, read as much as possible to keep up with current trends.
*Write. It’s fun, helps to build good writing practices and develops your natural voice. Take the opportunity to think outside the box - occasionally stray away from your comfort zone and try something new - a different genre, a different point of view. It keeps things fresh and, who knows, you may find a new niche or genre that you enjoy.
*Workshops. I love workshops - you can always learn something new. I particularly like online workshops - the internet is an amazing place that can open up new horizons and networking opportunities. One of my favorite sources is the Muse Online Writing Conference. It’s in October, it’s free, and extremely fun. I highly recommend this conference. (You must pre-register) It’s a great experience with many wonderful opportunities to network and learn no matter what stage your career is at - hopefully I’ll see you there!
· Top 3 snacks to munch on while working.
* I absolutely must have a nice tall glass of sweet iced tea to sip on while working.
* My favorite crunchy snack is popcorn.
* My favorite sweet snack is chocolate, mmmmm chocolate what can I say … <3
· Top 3 leisure activities.
* I love fantasy and read and write as much as I can.
* I love to visit the theme parks and have fun with the attractions, shows, parades, and all the other fans.
* Movies. I love storytelling in all its forms and get lost in a good movie.
Oh my gosh, recently I came to the conclusion that I love the old rock group Kansas because of the storytelling in their songs. Point of No Return, Portrait (one of my all time faves!), Carry On Wayward Son…all really good stories!
Where can our readers learn more about you, If Wishes Were Fishes and your other published work?
My author site: NA Sharpe
My fun site: The Cybrarie
If Wishes Were Fishes is available at:
Nancy, thank you for visiting Strands of Thought and sharing more of YOU and Fishes with us. I hope your writing finds its way into the hands of readers everywhere!