I recently wrote a special Sunday Edition on my blog featuring Inkspokes as they had just come out with their Indie 2015 Select Book List Award Winners. As a follow-up, I thought it would be interesting to focus on some of the authors that were awarded this distinction and their books. In the coming months I hope to invite a few of those authors to visit so we might learn a little more about their work.
Today’s visitor is indie writer, Cat Michaels. I was first introduced to Cat early on in my own journey and have enjoyed the time we have spent comparing our triumphs and struggles. She is the author of Sweet T and the North Wind and Cat has opted to answer my questions and share her story from a pictorial viewpoint.
To give you a bit of background, Cat Michaels writes chapter books with a twist of magic and mystery for beginning readers. A former special educator, communications manager for a high-tech company in another lifetime, and enthusiastic digital-dabbler, Cat lives with her family and writes in North Carolina.
Cat, first off, I’d like to thank you for joining me here today. Your book, Sweet T and the North Wind, is both an Inkspokes Select Book List award winner and a Readers’ Favorite 5-Star recipient. What is it about this book that you feel resonates with young readers?
I recently visited third- and fourth-graders to read from Sweet T and the North Wind and facilitate a mini-writing workshop. In chapter 3, I sneak in a creative writing lesson in the guise of helping Tara find happy memories by using her five senses to recall a pleasant event. Here’s what impressed the children about my book:
During your visit, you talked a lot about your five senses: sight, touch taste, hearing and smell. We talked about how they relate to each scene. ~ Charlotte
Throughout the book, I mix elements of fun and story-telling while tackling a serious topic about the illness of a beloved family member.
Kids love “Sweet T and the North Wind” because it’s exciting and unpredictable. ~ Brooke
What message are you trying to impart?
That’s easy! My illustrator, Irene A. Jahns, created a beautiful watercolor for my second Sweet T Tale that depicts my approach to life.
If you would like to learn more about Cat Michaels, you can visit her at:
I hope you enjoyed this look at another indie author. If you have any questions, I know Cat would be happy to answer them for you. As for myself, I’m always an email, tweet, or DM away. Have a gorgeous week ahead!
— K. Lamb