Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Getting to know...Candace Fleming!

I recently had the opportunity to meet children's book author Candace Fleming at the Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival in Seward, Nebraska. 

Candace has written many books including:

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Oh, No! by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary

Imogene's Last Stand by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School

You can learn more about Candace and her books by visiting her website.

Highlights from Candace's talk:
* She is currently working on 3 new projects!
* Writing is a "messy" business. She writes drafts of her books on loose-leaf paper.  This way it doesn't feel permanent - so she doesn't have any qualms about editing, crossing out, etc.  She told us she makes "discoveries, not mistakes"!  She thinks of her books as works in progress.

* Candace's work involves writing many, many stories, or parts of stories.  She said she knows something has a good chance of being published when she senses that  it "has a heartbeat"!
* She lived for a time in Borneo.  She said that nothing felt familiar to her, that it brought her back to when she was young and everything was new and different.
* While in Borneo and on a safari in India she encountered many animals including wild boars, monkeys, slow lorises, sun bears, tigers and elephants.
 * Her experiences in Borneo and India inspired her to pull out an old draft of a story and rewrite it.  It eventually became the story "Oh, No!"

I enjoyed meeting Candace Fleming and her husband, Eric Rohmann, and hearing about the creative process these two talent people go through in writing a book!

Keep reading!
  ~ Mrs. B.

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