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This Children's Book Author Spotlight Series is going to showcase independent children's book authors and their works. We strive to bring you the best there is to offer and an insight into the world of children's books!
This week we are featuring author Silvana Spence.
Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to write your first book.
I’m a first grade teacher the mother of 2 daughters who are portrayed as the characters of my first children’s book whose co-author is my youngest daughter Isabella Spence. I always wrote children’s stories but never moved beyond attending conferences and connecting with other authors. It was not until this pandemic hit and other authors started getting published and I was interviewing an author on my Instagram live show author’s voices at that time and his words touched my heart and motivates me to get my books out there. Ever since that interview I have written 3 children’s book that are on the process to be edited, revised and sent to agencies. I’m thankful for Dennis Mathew for motivating me to get the courage to finally put my best work out there with my daughter.
What inspired the idea for your book?
A conversation with Isabella and her questions about what kind of scientists are out there. So that was the beginning of our journey and all the summer science experiments we made.
What part of the book was the most fun to write?
The part where the girls travel to outer space and pass through a meteor shower.
How long did it take you to write this book?
Has writing and publishing a book changed the way you see yourself?
It shows how resilient I am and how I never gave up the dream to become a children’s book author.
Who has been the biggest supporter of your writing?
My sister Lena and my daughter Isabella.
What books did you grow up reading?
I grew up reading and listening to classical fairytales, books about social emotional learning. There was this book I will never forget about this girl with carrot hair that got made fun of at school because she was different.
My Godmother was the biggest influence on my reading. She was the one who bought all my books and every book collection I’ve ever had.
Would you share something about yourself that your readers don’t know (yet)?
I’m originally from Brazil. I’m the first in my family to immigrate to another country.
Anything you want to add?
Where can our readers find you? (Website, Social Media, etc)
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