AUTHOR CHATS: Lisa B. Diamond
Lisa B. Diamond is all of my favorite people wrapped up into one, forged-in-fire woman. Book-obsessed. Librarian. Kidlit author. Adult author. Planner of book events. Very diversified teacher. Also, willing to spend an hour on the phone with someone she'd never met (me). Throw any children's book question at her and she'll give you an answer plucked right from memory. Ask her a question about books for kids who don't like books and she's not a bit intimidated. It's like having your own card catalog and reading specialist.
Here's more about Lisa.
Tell us a little about you. Besides being an author, what else do you do?
I instruct engineers about writing and presentations at Kennesaw State University. I run the Reading Bowl program with another teacher at my children's school. I enjoy cooking, baking, and walking. I am married and have two children and two dogs, all of whom keep me very busy.
What books have you written?
www.lisabdiamond.com (adult blog & adult books)
www.salemacademy.net (elementary school books)
Who is your ideal audience?
For my children's books, I write for elementary school readers. For my romance and spy novels, I write for adults looking for a light entertaining read.
How do your books address the particular reading needs of Background Noise Books audiences?
My children's books are enjoyed by readers of different levels. They provide a new world of imagination for kindergartners through fifth graders. My children attend a school for the gifted. My books are in their school library and have been very popular with the students.
Which of the books you've written is your personal favorite?
All of them are my favorites. I love whatever I am working on at this moment and time, creating the magical world the children will enter, before I release the book to the public, and then I love seeing the impact the book will have on the students.
Who is your favorite author?
My favorite authors are the ones who spoke to what I needed to hear at a specific time in my life. I love Madeleine L'Engle, Douglas Adams, Jean Kerr, Richard Bach, Patricia Wrede, E.D. Baker, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Anne McCaffrey (her dragon series), Dick Francis, Janet Evanovich, and P.G. Wodehouse.
Is there a child with special needs in your family or classroom? How do you help them with reading?
I have worked with students for whom reading is not the easiest. To help a child, or an adult, with reading, you first have to find something your student wishes to read. Take it slowly, focus on the first few words or the first sentence to get your student engaged before you attempt to proceed.
What are you working on next?
I am currently trying to finish up The Salem Academy for Young Sorcerers, Book 9: Field Day, before I move on to The Salem Academy for Young Sorcerers, Book 10. I also need to work on Star Light, Faerie Light, Book 2. Both of these are elementary school fantasy series. I also have a spy series I am working on for adults.