Aileen Stewart is the award winning author of the children’s books Fern Valley- A Collection of Short Stories, a public speaker, amateur photographer, and a blogger. In addition, she hosts writing workshops for children and holds a degree in Business Administration and a certificate in Sales and Marketing. She resides in lovely Shelby, Ohio with her beautiful daughter, wonderful husband, and their crazy cats Max, Daisy, and Fluffy. Besides writing, she loves to cook, quilt, craft, garden, travel, bird-watch, assemble puzzles, go Geocaching, and volunteer at her daughter’s school and her local library. Her motto is “Kids Who Read Can Do Anything” which was inspired by her late father, the man who instilled in her a love for the written word.
What inspires you to write?
My husband who encourages me endlessly, my daughter who brings such joy to my life, and everything around me.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t really have a writing process. I don’t write every day but when I do write I find that I do my best work early in the morning before everyone else in the house rises or late in the evening when my daughter has gone to bed. But most of all I just practice, practice, practice.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I treat them as if they were my children on my FB page. They also attend events with me and do interviews.
What advice would you give other writers?
Be patient, be positive, be persistent.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I began by researching what others were doing. Then I began learning through trial and error just how the publishing industry works. It’s a tough business and not for the faint of heart! I started out by joing up with a children’s literary agency which is what all the articles recommended. But not knowing much about agents either, I ended up with an agency that did little to help, and which nickled and dimed me to death. After two years I ended our relationship and tried sending my manuscript out to small presses that were willing to read unsolicited materials. Eventually I found a hybrid publisher with whom I have been very happy.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Books will always be with us, but publishing trends are like the weather; despite the forecast, you never know from day to day what will happen.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print