Author Interview: Barbara Carter

Introducing Barbara Carter, author of four books. She writes poetry, short stories and memoirs.

1.You have a passion for many art forms, including writing, painting, and needle and thread. What inspires you to say, “Today I’m going to write.”?

I’d always been interested in writing, but felt I had to choose between writing or visual art. That was my limited thinking. It took many years for me to realize I could do both and even combine the two.

For me, creating images was a safer way of expressing myself. People can love and connect with an image but may not consciously know why. With writing, especially memoir, there is no hiding. I was once a very shy insecure person who believed I had nothing of value to say. During my journey as a visual artist I came to a point in my life where I needed words to say what I had to say, to stop hiding behind the safety of image.

Now I usually write in the morning and create images in the evening.

  1. Of all the books you’ve written, which satisfied you the most after it was published?

If I must choose the book that most satisfied me, it would be the first, probably because the first time for anything is usually the most memorable. The first book was a sixteen-year journey. A book I was never sure would ever happen. I’d carried it with me for such a long time. Tearing it apart, restructuring and rearranging it.

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Author Interview: Alice Walsh

Introducing Alice Walsh, author of more than 15 books. She writes fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Her articles and short stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies.

  1. Alice, you have published books in three genres: children, teen and adult. Which is your favourite genre to write and why?

Alice WalshI like to write picture books for preschoolers and school-age children. There is a misconception that this genre is easy when, in fact, it can be quite challenging. I like taking a complex problem or concept and making it simple enough for a child to understand. My picture book, A Change of Heart, deals with racism, segregation, forgiveness, kindness, and overcoming hate.

  1. Of all the books you’ve written, which is your favourite and why?

I am often asked that question when I go into schools to conduct workshops. I tell the students that having a favorite book would be sort of like having a favorite child.

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