PictureBookBuzz: Tell us about yourself.
Gayle: I grew up in Scranton, PA, where I entertained my two younger sisters and all the kids on the block. Storytelling, talent shows, and tea parties were everyday activities. Sometimes, after a storm, I led them on jungle safaris through a giant mud puddle beneath overgrown weeds. Other times, we danced pretend ballet in the backyard, dressed in crinolines. I loved to read and when I wasn’t organizing the neighborhood in some type of fantastical activity I was lost in the fantasy world of books. I knew then that I was born to use my imagination to take kids on adventures.
A career as an occupational educator, training prospective Nursery School and Elementary teachers, I passed on my creativity, teaching my students how to inspire their future pupils with imagination. I’ve been known to turn my Pre-K classroom into a pirate ship, a medieval castle, Emerald City, and a life-size Jumanji board.
I write Picture Books, MG, and YA novels.
PictureBookBuzz: What inspired your book, Daddy, Can You See the Moon?
Gayle: Soldiers will always be deployed and children will always be waiting patiently, counting the days when their Mom or Dad returns from war. But sometimes they don’t come home the same way they left. In Daddy, Can You See the Moon? a young boy and his soldier dad share special moments by looking at the moon each night. But when Dad comes home a wounded warrior, his son discovers it’s the power of love that kept them connected all along, and he plays a major part in his father’s recovery.
Hopefully, Daddy, Can You See The Moon? will show young children that they are NOT the only ones going through a family separation.
PictureBookBuzz: What other books have you written?
Gayle: As I mentioned above, I write across the genres. All the picture books that I write are in rhyme or have some rhyming refrain. Rock Star Santa, is a seasonal picture book that was an original Scholastic Book Club acquisition in 2008, and NOT a trade picture book, so it cannot be purchased through retail outlets.
Also coming from Clearfork/Spork Publishing in Spring 2019 is a MG poetry collection titled Once Upon a Twisted Tale featuring 30 poems in various formats that mix up traditional fairytales to form a collection of “fractured fairytales.’
My first YA novel RATGIRL: Song of the Viper is a retelling of The Pied Piper set in a dystopian future with global warming.
And my first MG novel, Twice Betrayed, is a historical fiction novel where Betsy Ross’ 13-year-old assistant is accused of being a spy and must unravel the traitorous web woven around her that protects the real spy.
My MG fantasy/adventure series, THE HERO CHRONICLES, consists of Book 1- The Quest of the Ungnome, Book 2 - The Hero of Dragonsmere and Book 3- Revenge of the Sea Witch.
PictureBookBuzz: What are you currently working on?
Gayle: I’m writing a sequel to another picture book that my agent has on submission.
PictureBookBuzz: If you could give advice to writers who haven’t published yet, or an earlier version of yourself, what would you want to share?
Gayle: Don’t let rejection discourage you. Persistence is the road to success!
PictureBookBuzz: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Website – http://www.gayleckrause.com
Author Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorGayleCKrause/
Twitter - @GeeCeeK
Blog – https://thestorytellersscroll.blogspot.com
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