I’m such a sucker for dragons, and CARLA MOONEY has certainly given us one super dragon, hasn’t she?
Carla is the author of more than 20 books for kids and teens, but OWEN AND THE DRAGON is her first fiction trade book and, therefore, officially her debut book.
The books she’s written for the educational market include: AMAZING AFRICA PROJECTS YOU CAN BUILD YOURSELF, and the upcoming SAMSON”S STORY (Fall 2010) AND GREAT GEORGE WASHINGTON PROJECTS YOU CAN BUILD YOURSELF (November 2010). As long as she can remember, she has been in love with reading and writing. She is thrilled to create adventures and explore new worlds in each of her books and hopes that readers enjoy the journey as much as she has. Carla lives near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. When not reading and writing, Carla volunteers as the Pittsburgh Chapter Director for Flashes of Hope, a nonprofit organization that photographs children with cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Be sure to visit Carla at her WEBSITE to find out more about her and her work.
About Owen and the Dragon
Owen is a ten-year old boy who has just moved to a new town and left behind his best friend and everything familiar to him. Unable to face unpacking his room, Owen decides to explore the woods behind his new home. He is stunned to discover a dragon named Phineas. Owen soon gains the dragon’s trust and learns that Phineas has lost the ability to fly. As he struggles to find a way for the dragon to return home, Owen learns friendship can be found in unexpected places.
I’m always curious and ask writers about the book(s) that inspired them as young readers and encouraged them to read and perhaps later led them into writing in their genre. Can you share what book or books did that for you?
I loved all different types of books as a young reader but some of my favorites included the Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon series, Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie mysteries, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I can remember going every Thursday night to our local library and spending hours browsing through book after book, until I found just the right one to take home.
Are you working on another or other books? If so, can you give us a peek at what you’re creating?
I have several projects in the works right now. Later this year, my first picture book, Samson’s Story, is scheduled to be released from a new independent publisher, Earth Day Publishing. I’ve heard that the illustrations have just been completed and I’m very excited to see them!
I’m also working on the final edits for a nonfiction book about George Washington from Nomad Press that will be coming out in November 2010. It was engrossing to work on that one – I loved all the new details I learned about Washington, that I never learned in school. He truly was a great man, one that we as a nation were very lucky to have in the right place at the right time.
What’s the best advice you have for writers?
The best advice I can give is to believe in yourself and your story. Never stop trying to make yourself a better writer through practice, critiquing, classes, reading or whatever works for you.
. . . And now the CONTEST!
Carla has been so generous to offer a signed copy of Owen and the Dragon. Here’s all you have to do to win. Leave a comment telling what type of mythical creature you would like to discover behind your home just like Owen discovered Phineas.
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