With some people, conversation flows very easily and due to our current need to keep things short, I had to edit out some of our interview. Here are some of the highlights that I wanted to share:
For more information on Loulou, please check out her website. Her son also has a website, and he is currently seeking a publisher (at the age of 17!) I think it’s awesome that she encouraged him to write, and now he is encouraging her to find a traditional publisher.
Loulou is currently working on revising some of her romances, and fans of her work will be happy to know that she has the sequel to The Diary of Arnmore all worked out in her head. Now, if she can only find the time to write it down… Her short story, a true tale about her father in law, may be published sooner.
At the moment, she can’t write full time because she is teaching full time but the stories are all in her head, “safe and waiting to be put into the written or typed word, which I look forward to doing” she says.
Something she does that may be useful to other teachers: “One thing I loved to do as a teacher was rewrite fairy tales with the kids, or get the whole class to write a story, adding one line each, then illustrating it and stapling it together.”
Loulou also encouraged her children to keep a diary of their day during their extensive travels.
Loulou Szal, a teacher and homeschooling mother, is passionate about advancing the vocabulary of children and teenagers, and inspiring the same love of reading that has been part of her life through a wide range of experiences. She makes a point to personalize the books she signs, to engage young readers in the story from the first page. She believes that “as adults, we should show children how precious books are” and she follows through on that philosophy in many ways. It was a pleasure to talk with her and discover her perspective.
Interviewer: Joanna Celeste
Q: What inspired you to self-publish The Diary of Arnmore?
A: I had had my writing published in my high school newspapers and university papers. I loved having my work out there. After I graduated I went straight into teaching and so was busy. I didn’t write as much ‘till my husband and I…
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