Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Children's author, Connie Arnold visits Write What Inspires You

Checking back in from time to time with fellow authors is always a special treat. What better way to get all caught up in the ever changing life of an author, but through interviews. Fellow "Angel" from Guardian Angel Publishing recently took the time out from her busy schedule to share with us her latest updates.

DMc: When did you decide you wanted to become an author? Do you have another job besides writing?

CA: I had been writing poetry for several years and decided to do something with the poems in 2006, when I had a large collection of them and had been encouraged by many people who had read some to try to get them published. My first book was published the next year. I also do some work for Lupus Foundation of America and am a musician, sometimes doing substitute organist jobs.

DMc: Were you an avid reader as a child? What type of books did you enjoy reading?

CA: Yes, I have always enjoyed reading. I enjoyed reading a variety of different books. As a child (and, truth be known, still as an adult) among my favorites were books by Dr. Seuss. Many of those great children’s books were published during my early years, and my children and now my grandchildren enjoy them as well.

DMc: Tell us a bit about your latest book, and what inspired you to write such a story?

CA: My first children’s book is Animal Sound Mix-up, published by Guardian Angel Publishing. It is a fun rhyming book about animals and their sounds getting mixed up. So you could have a horse that barked, or a monkey saying moo. I guess the idea began when visiting my young grandchildren and them learning about the sounds animals make, imagining how funny it would be if they got mixed up. Young children around preschool and kindergarten age really seem to get a kick out of it, especially when my husband joins me at readings and does the wrong animal sounds!

DMc: From the moment you conceived the idea for the story, to the published book, how long did it take?

CA: It didn’t take too long to write it, just adding a bit at a time as thoughts came to me, finishing it up within a few weeks. Then came the polishing it up, trying to get the rhythm exactly right. Writing rhyming books for children well is hard work! Once it was accepted by GAP, it was assigned to Kit Grady to illustrate. It was well worth the wait when I saw her fantastic illustrations! It was published within nine months – similar to waiting for the birth of a baby!

DMc: Please share with us your latest work-in-progress.

CA: I’m working on another rhyming children’s book, which I have rewritten and revised numerous times, trying to get it just right. In addition to that, I have been working on a 2012 calendar featuring some of my verses along with beautiful nature photos.

DMc: A signature request I like to ask every author, illustrator, editor, etc., I interview is for the individual to share with us a tidbit from their lives that the reader will find either humorous or surprising. Connie, can you please share one with us?

CA: That’s a good question, Donna! One thing I think of, since my anniversary is coming up in a couple of weeks, is the surprise that almost always comes when I tell people I’ve been married almost 40 years (I was a child bride, of course!). A woman always loves it when she looks younger than she is!
Thank you so much for this opportunity to share a bit about Animal Sound Mix-up and myself, Donna.

Animal Sound Mix-up purchase links:

Guardian Angel Publishing

My website -

My blog -

Connie, it's been a pleasure hosting you today. Wishing you all the best in the future. Happy Anniversary!

Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.


  1. Donna, thank you for checking in with this fellow "Angel" and sharing the interview today. Hope your readers enjoy it!

  2. What is so fun about being a children's writer is there is no end to exciting topics for kids. Animals and the sounds they make are so interesting to children. What a fun book.

  3. Connie, congratulations on having your book published and good luck with your WIPs!

    Thanks for sharing this interview, Donna. :)

  4. This is such a nice interview.Thanks for sharing.

  5. Ladies, this was lots of fun! Although I've met you both, it's always terrific to reconnect in this way and with this kind of great interview. BTW, I was a child bride, too!

  6. Donna,
    Thanks for hosting Connie today. Her book "sounds" like it would be a lot of fun.

  7. Terri, that's a good point about no end to exciting topics for kids! Thanks for your comment.

    Kavitha, thank you for your good wishes!

    Rebecca, I'm glad you enjoyed the interview!

    Nancy, it is nice to reconnect and to find a fellow child bride!

    Barbara, thanks for your kind comment!

  8. Congratulations on your book, Connie. It sounds like a fun read for kids. Best of luck to you.

    Nice interview, Donna.

  9. Connie is wonderful! I love her book. It makes you laugh out loud. I had no idea she had been married for 40 years.

    Congratulations, Connie!

  10. Beverly, thank you for your good wishes!

    Sharon, thank you so much for your sweet words (and being surprised about the 40 years!). I love that Animal Sound Mix-up can bring joy and laughter to kids and adults as well!

  11. Thank you one and all for visiting with Connie and getting to know more about her. It was an honor to host her yesterday.

    Best wishes,

  12. It's nice to learn more about Connie.

  13. Donna, many thanks to you again for hosting me on your great blog!

    Jan, thank you for your kind comment!

  14. Connie,

    Dr. Seuss is one of my favorites, too. I can see a hint of his style in your Animal Sound Mix-Up! :o)


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