This Week’s Feature Author Interview with
Carole P. Roman.
Hi Carole, welcome to the Indie Publishing Group website. Introduce yourself to us. Tell everyone who you are, where you’re from, what do you enjoy doing, hobbies and interests.
My name is Carole P. Roman and I am the author of over forty children’s books in both fiction and non-fiction. I have four series out, a nursery series for the very young, a non-fiction cultural series introducing customs and culture to young minds, a pirate series, and lastly an introduction of historical time periods for older children. I am inspired by my four grandchildren who delight me. I am a former social studies teacher and I love to see the excitement in children’s faces as they learn.
When did you start writing and why?
My sons dared me to write a book and I wrote the story about a pirate boy who goes on imaginary voyages with his trusty crew. It was based on a game I play with my own grandchildren and became Captain No Beard. It is filled with humor and gentle lessons and has been honored with many awards. I have ten books in this series.
Which is your favorite book you have written and what gave you the idea for it?
That would be like choosing children. I love Captain No Beard because it’s about the antics of my grandchildren. I love my cultural series when it opens gateways to discussions and interests in other customs and cultures. I enjoy my historical series and the way it demystifies the different eras of time and unlocks the secret of how and why we do things. My nursery series has pretty rhyming that is both soothing and enjoyable for parents and children.
How did you come up with the title for your book?
If You Were Me and Lived in…. came to me one morning. I thought that it would be easier for kids to learn about culture if they put themselves in the shoes of the child living there. I thought of things that would interest a five or six-year-old and had the main characters describe what they eat, where they go for fun, their names and the games they might play. It gives children a good understanding about life in another country.
Who helped you with the cover? Or did your design it yourself? What was your inspiration for your cover design?
The covers are always done by my artists. I have four or five that I work with.
What are some of the themes of your story?
Can a Princess be a Firefighter? is a rhyming book about female empowerment. A girl can do anything she sets her mind to do. Captain No Beard tackles imaginary play, bullying, stranger danger, peer pressure. The cultural series opens doorways to other cultures.
What’s your process when you sit down and decide to start writing a book? What is your process and do you have a system?
The fiction comes to me when I am inspired by something like a sunrise, or something that happens with the kids. Rocket-Bye is a trip to the stars in rhyme, meant to put young astronauts to sleep. I wrote it because some of my grandkids are fascinated with the night sky. The cultural books have a set of subjects that are the same in each book, as with the historical series.
Who are some of your favorite characters and why?
I love them all – they are based on my family.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
James Clavell, Leon Uris, Tracey Chevalier, Philippa Gregory, Bernard Cornwell.
Have you got anything you’re working on now?
Finishing If You Were me and Lived on…Mars. If you Were Me and Lived in…Germany and Cuba are being illustrated, as is Ancient Mayan civilization.
If you could have any super powers what would they be?
Make politicians see reason and end all wars.
If you could travel to any location in the world where would you go?
I travel every time I write one of my books.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I hope to be in every classroom around the world.
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