…she’s just as nice as she looks.
Let’s talk with her about her new releases and writing.
Why are you a writer? Was there something in your life that drove you to write?
As a young mother, I became a professional illustrator. I loved to draw “mother and babe” illustrations for magazines and greeting cards. There was a point when the pictures I visualized in my mind started taking shape in words as well as pictures. Slowly I became a writer more than an illustrator . . .
What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
My favorite thing, hmmmm let me see . . . I’d have to say my two favorite things . . .
One, I love to help people. It means a great deal to me when I receive notes from my readers telling me that what I have written made a positive difference in their lives.
Two, I love those times when I am writing and undeniably see the hand of the Lord guiding my words. I guess that is really my true favorite thing about being a writer.
Do you primarily write non-fiction or fiction? Which did you start out with and why did you add the other?
I started out writing fiction. It was a small, but popular, Mother’s Day booklet (which I did not illustrate). Slowly I moved to non-fiction, and now I’m full circle. Recently I gained my rights back to that Mother’s Day booklet and to several illustrations I did years ago for greeting card companies. I’ve been able to put the two together and reproduce that Mother’s Day booklet to share with my readers this season. It will be given as a promotional item at my book launches on April 12 (The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, Utah) and April 19 (Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona). And I will sell it on my website (www.fayklingler.com).
What affect does your writing have on your family?
I think in some respects it’s difficult for my family. Writing takes a great deal of thought and time, time that I might otherwise use to do things for them. Yet, on the other hand, I do my best to not forfeit opportunities to be with and do for individuals in my family. There have been some unusually fun experiences my family would not have had without my writing, like the time several of my grandchildren appeared on television with me because of a best-selling book I wrote—The LDS Grandparents’ Idea Book. That was a really fun occasion.
I have an exceptionally patient husband who supports me in developing and sharing my skills and talents. I will always be grateful for his generous and loving ways.
What are you working on now, or what is your latest release?
Aside from my Mother’s Day booklet remake, I have two new books. I’m thrilled with the many positive reviews and I hope these books bring hope to many.
Here’s a link to her book trailer for I am strong! I am smart!
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