Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New Children's Book from Award-Winning Author, Carole Roman - Can a Princess Be a Firefighter? -- Includes Author Q&A and #Giveaway

Back in February I participated in a fun book blog tour for Carole P. Roman’s "If You Were Me and Live In … Italy".  In my post I shared my personal thoughts on this book and how I have been a fan of the author's since first stumbling upon her books and sharing them with my girls.  So, when I heard she was releasing a new book called Can a Princess Be a Firefighter?, I had to reach out and see about sharing not only an author Q&A, but see if she would be willing to offer on lucky Inspired by Savannah reader the chance to win a copy of this new children's book.  Not only did Carole say "yes" to the interview, but she was excited and more than willing to offer a copy of her new release for giveaway. :-)  

Before I share the Author Q&A and giveaway (scroll down to learn more and enter today), please enjoy a brief synopsis of this sure to be hit with your little girl(s) from one of my favorite children's authors, Carole P. Roman...

Two little girls pepper their father with questions about whether or not they can be a profession and still be a princess. Motivated by her granddaughter's fascination with all things 'princess,' Carole P. Roman penned this adorable poem celebrating all the wonderful possibilities waiting ahead for them.
About the book: 
Can a Princess Be a Firefighter? by Carole Roman
ISBN: 978-1530361847
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of publish: March 2016
Pages: 32
S.R.P.: $12.99
About the Author: 
Carole P. Roman
Award winning author Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned businesswoman. She has successfully run a family business with her husband. Her most favorite job is being grandmother to her many grandchildren. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband.
Her first book, “Captain No Beard - An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life” has been named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 as well garnered the star of remarkable merit. Three more Captain No Beard books are in the works. Also available, “I Want To Do Yoga Too,” a children’s introduction to yoga.
I recently had the opportunity to ask Carole some questions about this book, including how the story idea came about, as well as what is next for her.  Please enjoy with author interview with author of Can a Princess Be a Firefighter? (available now in print), Carole P. Roman.  And, be sure to read on after the interview for a chance to enter and win a copy of this cute book for kids.  Good luck!
Author Q&A with Carole P. Roman...

o   Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?

I wrote a little bedtime book for my grandsons who are interested in the night sky. I wanted to write something for my granddaughters and decided I wanted to celebrate the vast opportunities available to them as they grow up. When I was a little girl I was basically given three choices, bookkeeper, nurse, or teacher. I became a teacher but ended up helping my husband build our business. It was then I saw all the different fields open for woman, and realized that a woman could be anything she chooses.

o   How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?  

My sons dared me to write a book and I wrote my first story, Captain No Beard An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life. It won numerous awards and I followed it with nine more in the series. I used my teaching background to write an introduction to culture of elementary school children called If You Were Me and Lived in...  I have 17 countries covered and now have another series by the same name that does time periods for older children.

o   Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books? 

I love Tracey Chevalier, Bernard Cornwall, Phillippa Gregory. Right now I am reading Elizabeth I  by Margaret George. and Hanging Mary by Susan Higginbotham. Nightly I am doing the Harry Potter series with my grandson and loving it. We read for about a half hour over the phone together.

o   What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?  

No goals, I write for pleasure. I work in a family business. I get up at 530 in the morning.Check emails, go to the office. I work my day job but have an assistant who worked for me there regarding all my books. We have a staff meeting, I speak with my managers, then move on to book business. I have over 31 titles now. I also manage my son who is author Michael Phillip Cash. He has written fourteen books and is also an award-winning author and screen-writer.  I coordinate what publicity we are doing. I am home by two, twice a week is yoga, twice a week, lunch with my daughters-in-laws, then dinner with the hubby. A little television, read with my grandchildren, then I write until one in the morning. I write on a lap-top in bed. Sometimes, I will work where ever there is a computer, my study, the office. Noise, interruptions, people talking doesn't bother me. I can work through everything.

o   What is the hardest part of writing for you? 

It is a labor of love, but I find checking for mistakes the hardest part. I never see them, no matter how many times I read it.

o   What’s the best thing about being an author? 

The best thing that happened was just the other day. My grandson, the one who inspired my first book, Captain No Beard, decided to read it to me. Hearing it through his interpretation, reading the words I wrote for him was the most thrilling thing. Also, hearing the any of my books brought pleasure or enjoyment to a parent or child means the world to me. I think each one of them has important themes and information. I love hearing that people enjoyed my messages, or even had a different interpretation.

o   What are you working on now?  

Just finished If You Were Me and Lived in...Elizabethan England. Working with my artist director to format Renaissance Italy and Colonial America. Working with four illustrators on American West, Mayan America, and Viking Europe, as well as If You Were Me and Lived in...Brazil.

o   What advice would you give aspiring writers?  

Don't give up. Write and make sure you pay for good editing service. If you are serious and want this to work, set up a lot of social media to make sure people hear about you. Enter your books in as many contests as you can and give it out to as many bloggers and reviewers as possible.

o   What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question? 

Is it a job or fun? It is pure enjoyment! I love my job! 

And, now for the giveaway..


One lucky Inspired by Savannah reader will win a copy of Carole's new release, Can a Princess Be a Firefighter?.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Raffleocopter form below.  Good luck!

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  1. I would like to win this for my friend's daughter.

  2. I'd like to win this book for my niece.

  3. This would be a great book for my daughter!

  4. I want to win for someone in need.
    heather [email protected]

  5. I want to win this book so that I can read it to my grandson the next time that I go to visit him. (he loves his books)

  6. I would like to win this book for my graddaughter - I want her to know that she can be anything she wants!