Ana María Rodríguez is a scientist that became an author. She writes books and magazine articles for children and adults about outstanding people, nature and science. Her books have been well-received by teachers and librarians and some have even received an award. Kids love the photos and cool facts.
2) Can you tell us how many books you have had published. I have 16 books and over 85 magazine articles published, including in Highlights for Children, YES and KNOW , and Scholastic’s SuperScience. Please, check my website for more information. http://anamariarodriguez.com
3) Which is your favorite and which is your least favorite? My favorite now is The Iron Butterfly. I don’t have a least favorite.
4) I will doing a review on the Iron Butterfly but is there
anything you would like to share with the readers about the
book before I post my thoughts? It took us 6 years from beginning to publication, to have this book ready. It was a journey on itself writing all the true story together in a way that reads like a novel. I enjoyed that journey very much. It also took quite a while to find a publisher. That was not as exciting as writing the book!
5) Most authors life are pretty public but is there one thing
you can share others may not know? Because of this book, I discovered I love Korean food! (There are a few recipes included in The Iron Butterfly)
Is there a Author dead or alive you would like to meet and if
so why and what would you like to ask them? I’d have liked to meet John Steinbeck. I admire all his work because it touches the human heart and the narrative flows effortlessly. I’d like to ask him to read my manuscripts and tell me what he thinks. But that’s a little scary…
6) What tip would you offer a new and upcoming author? Read, read, read, write, write, write. Write about what you love, what moves you.
7) As a Author what is one item you could not be without? An Internet connection and email!
8) Where is your favorite place to write? In my office. It has a good view of the back yard and it lets me ‘hide’ from the world so I can write/read undisturbed.
9) More and more authors are allowing bloggers to review
there work how do you feel this helps or hinders authors? I think bloggers are becoming a valuable source of information to readers. They place in front of their followers books they believe are worth reading that their followers might not have heard of. At the same time, this helps authors spread the word about their books, which is very hard to do nowadays. I am thankful to all bloggers that like my type of writing and comment about my books.
10) What is 1 obstacle you have overcome? The toughest thing still is balancing personal life and writing. Sometimes, people think that because I work from home, I have all the time in the world to do what they ask me to do. It’s been hard for others to accept writing is my real job.
11) As a Author and a women what piece of advice do you
have for women? A with other careers, women writers have a tougher time pursuing it and getting recognition. Don’t give up. Ever. Whatever your passion and goal is, never set it aside regardless of all the discouragement you may receive. Work hard, learn your craft well, and you’ll get better and better. Don’t forget networking. Join a writer’s group, go to conferences and meet editors in person. Writers support each other. Socialize online. Don’t give it up.
12) Please tell us if you have a new book to be released when
and a little bit about it if you can. Yes! I have 4 new books coming up in January 2012. They are for middle-grade and high-school readers. It’s a series about extreme animals living in extreme environments and how they manage to thrive in extremely cold, hot, dark or deep places. The books include hands-on activities, sidebars with cool facts, color photos, and a bibliography and website suggestions. I am thrilled because the books will be published in hardcover (library binding) but also in paperback, which will allow them to be available in museum, zoos, and other gift shops, besides your book store at an affordable prize. If you type ‘extreme animals in extreme environments’ in Amazon, you will find them.
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