KATHY STEMKE is not only an author but is a ghostwriter, editor, and reviewer DKV Writing 4U and a contributing editor for The National Writing for Children's Center where she writes a monthly teaching tips column.
1- When did you start writing professionally?
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3- As an editor, what advice do you have for writers?
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4- You also work as a ghostwriter at DRV Writing 4 U. How did you become a ghostwriter and are there books out there "written" by others that have your fingerprints on them?
I joined the team at DKV Writing 4 U in June of 2010 through my associations with Karen Cioffi and Lea Schizas. So far I’ve been editing, writing articles for several websites and writing book reviews. Ghostwriting news posts for websites has been interesting and lucrative. Other members of our team have written books for others.
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6- Tell us a bit about your latest books. Trouble On Earth Day
The illustrator, Kurt Wilken, is almost done with the pictures for this book about recycling. Shelby has won a poster contest at school and finds things around the house to recycle. When she hears someone crying outside she goes to see if she can help. She makes a new friend, helps someone in need, and helps the Earth too! Look for it’s debut early in 2011.
7- And, Sh, Sh, Sh, Will the Baby Sleep?
This is my first book with Guardian Angel publishers. The illustrator, Jack Foster, did a fantastic job bringing the main character, Zachary, to life. He is having trouble adjusting to his new baby sister. He runs into trouble keeping her asleep. The fun begins when he puts on his thick black glasses and has super powers. It should come out early 2011.
8- Are you planning to write in other genres as well?Yes. I’m researching a novel now, which will be based on my mother’s life. She was an English War bride who stowed away on a ship with her newborn after World War II to get to America. They were discovered half way across the Atlantic Ocean and turned over to the FBI when they reached Boston harbor. She was instrumental in getting a law passed in congress to help all the war brides get reunited with their husbands.
9- Please tell us about your monthly newsletter, Movement And Rhythm.
Teachers were hungry for my ideas, because I used movement to teach math and phonics. I decided to write a free monthly newsletter titled, Movement and Rhythm. I also do book reviews of other children’s books and useful websites. I have 400 subscribers so far.
Sign up on my blog: http://educationtipster.blogspot.com/
10-What are you interested in besides writing?
I’m the dance director of the Daughter of Zion Dance Company. It’s a ministry outreach from our church. We’re presenting a show on December 10th at the Schaefer Theater in Toccoa, Georgia. This multi media performance includes photography, beautiful costumes, music, singing, and dance.
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