Balmy Christmas greetings from Marti Pieper, writing from sunny Mount Dora, Florida. Here, the strawberries are ripening, the orange trees growing heavy with fruit. And what may seem like unusual Christmas scenery only enhances the beauty of this season.
But I have the idea that the landscape looks a bit different in Cincinnati, Ohio, which author Diane Stortz calls home. She has lots of information to share with us along with some exciting news about her own publishing projects. I know you’ll want to glean from her wisdom and experience.
How did you get into writing? How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?
In June 2006 I left my editorial position with a Christian publisher to freelance—editing and writing. I had written a number of children’s books for the publisher during my years there, mostly board books and picture books, sometimes under a different name. Since 2006, I’ve published seven books, with three more due out in the next six months. The Sweetest Story Bible for Toddlers releases December 9, and Words to Dream On: Bedtime Bible Stories and Prayers releases February 3, 2015. A third book, for babies and toddlers, releases in June 2015.
You took a brave step, Diane. And congratulations on the new and upcoming releases! Tell us: how did you get your first book contract?