My guest today is Kate Woodard, a childrens- book author who did not let a language barrier stand in the method of linking and communicating with young individuals. When Kate transferred to Brazil, she spoke not a word of Portuguese. Through making regional connections with bookstores and schools, her readers were able to discover her and the language barriers were broken down.
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A couple of highlights from our interview:
On composing childrens stories
I seem like a great deal of times, we forget that children have, within them, all the things they require to determine issues, they have their own capacities and strengths to rely on. And so, I type of composed the stories with that in mind.
On beginning locally
I looked at every market or book fair, coffee stores, little shops. We kind of supported each other, in terms of them having an event and me being able to launch my book.
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Howard Lovy: And thats what Kate advises for other authors in these times, utilize this time to think of how you can make new connections.
That allowed her to develop her imaginative side.
I love childrens literature. I indicate, I can being in a book shop or library and read childrens books simply for the heck of it, since I believe theyre so lovely in the sense that theyre extremely short however they can be extremely significant stories. And I like the visual element of them too.
And I feel like, with my funny bone, which is sort of wacky, I feel like it, sort of, lends itself well to writing childrens stories. And as soon as I actually did, and I was engaging with children, it was likewise such an incredible experience.
I imply, that assisted, having known some instructors and professors prior to the lockdown, it helped when the lockdown happened, to type of connect to them when they were having occasions. And then likewise to simply get other abilities, I think, and utilize the opportunity to research and test things out online.
Howard Lovy: Kate grew up in what she calls a huge breezy home in the Catskill Mountains where there wasnt a lot to do.
I dont really compose particular themes. Like, I composed a story about a child whos scared of everything and I indicate, theyre universal kind of classic storylines, however informed with humor or with a little twist at the end.
I actually came across, when I was assisting my mama clear out her home since she was moving, some old files that had all these stories that I had composed when I was most likely 7 or 8. So, Ive constantly been writing, all the way up till I decided to go to school for theater. Due to the fact that Im likewise really visual.
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Kate Woodard: When I first moved here, I did not know a word of Portuguese. And I was at the stage of my self-publishing where my books were beginning to be completed, and it was the next step of, how do I share these books with children?
So, I would do that and then read all the time therefore, it was fantastic. It helped focus our creative energy to not have a load to do, or a great deal of cultural things to do.
And the area I grew up in, now its sort of starting to expand, however the Catskill mountains there wasnt a lot to do during that time. You either ended up being a drug addict or you got creative. Therefore, we got imaginative. We loved old films and musicals, and we enjoyed assembling old films and musicals.
When Kate transferred to Brazil, she spoke not a word of Portuguese, but through making local connections with schools and book shops, her readers were able to find her and the language barriers were broken down.
Due to the fact that my kidss books are, kind of, funny and I always feel like I desire to influence and entertain when I compose my kidss books. And also to empower, since I feel like a lot of times, we forget that kids have, within them, all the things they need to figure out problems, they have their own capacities and strengths to depend on. And so, I kind of composed the stories with that in mind.
Im just utilizing this time to kind of fortify my skills as an author, too, due to the fact that I think the written word is incredibly essential for kids to be able to read something that has great writing, along with simply a great story, however great writing. So, I felt like it was an excellent time to do those examples.
Howard Lovy: Also, while in London, Kate found that composing childrens stories was an excellent way to process some of the things that were occurring to her.
So, thats one is a story about worry and, possibly not overcoming it, due to the fact that everybody, you know, fear shows up, its a natural thing that happens in life, however its how we confront it and deal with it in ourselves. Another one about self-worth however told humorously through a perspective of a little girl.
As soon as I got going and figured out my method, its been a very fulfilling experience to engage with kids in another nation.
And I remained in a world where I didnt speak the language, and its difficult enough when youre self-publishing to find out the procedure and you know, the marketing and how you get out there, but to likewise have the language barrier was an added obstacle, and it made me feel isolated likewise, simply due to the fact that I was here in overwhelmed by the challenge.
Kate Woodard: I imply, I went through 2 months of not being able to write and I was offering myself a difficult time. And after that I recognized, thats simply what is going on today. Some individuals are struggling and its how it is, and Ill get back to it. And sure enough, I got back into writing. So, if youre having downs and ups, its, type of, the natural flow of things today, however likewise thinking outside package and how you can get your stories out there.
It worked out to be doing something performance oriented, and it was just up until after doing theater, that I started to come back to writing, and I felt like childrens books bridge the space between the visual aspect that I enjoyed about the innovative arts and composing.
Kate Woodard: Well, when it struck, it was kind of in the middle of all of my strategies to go to these other schools and it changed whatever, however it likewise made me think, you understand, I do need to be creative. So, how can I be innovative and perhaps more online, or diversify a bit?
Howard Lovy: Unfortunately, physical interaction with children ended up being an issue when COVID-19 hit, however like numerous authors, Kate was quick to adapt to the new reality.
Kate Woodard: Hi, Im Kate Woodard and Im a kidss book author. When you are self-publishing in a nation that you enter without speaking the language at all, its another challenge in itself.
My visitor this week is Kate Woodard, a childrens- book author who did not let a language barrier stand in the way of connecting and communicating with young people. On Inspirational Indie Authors, @howard_lovy interviews Kate Woodard, a kidss- book author who did not let a language barrier stand in the way of linking with young individuals. Kate Woodard: Hi, Im Kate Woodard and Im a childrens book author. Because my kidss books are, kind of, humorous and I constantly feel like I want to entertain and influence when I compose my childrens books. Kate Woodard: I indicate, I went through 2 months of not being able to write and I was giving myself a difficult time.
Well, I speak English, there are English schools here, why dont I start there? And I began to go to different schools around the nation and likewise in my town. It was really nice, and I could actually communicate with the kids a little bit that couldnt speak English so well, after a time.
I check out one of my stories to a school. They did a celebration of reading week at one of the schools, and I got involved in that too, practically.
Kate Woodard: So, I matured in the United States. I was constantly composing, given that I was a kid, or doing something in the performing field.
Howard Lovy has been a journalist for more than thirty years, and has spent the last 8 years enhancing the voices of independent publishers and authors. He works with authors as a book editor to prepare their work to be published. Howard is also a freelance author specializing in Jewish issues whose work appears routinely in Publishers Weekly, the Jewish Daily Forward, and Longreads. Find Howard at howardlovy.com, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Howard Lovy: Kate learnt theater at Bard College in New York, specializing in playwriting. Then, she chose she needed more experience in her life.
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Kate Woodard: They, kind of, are based on a few of the things that I was going through, and I felt like in some methods it was a way of processing the various things I went through, like timeless experiences that people have, and I felt like it could make a good story.
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Howard Lovy: My visitor today is Kate Woodard, a kidss book author who did not let a language barrier stand in the way of communicating and connecting with youths.
But at the same time, I began to research study and listen to podcasts, and I started to feel like I had a, sort of, virtual neighborhood through doing that. And one thing that Ive listened to where someone had suggested starting in your area, and I thought, Oh my God, that is what I actually need to do, is to start in your area in my neighborhood.
And I began another project. I really am underway with another book, so it was a great time to type of storyboard and draw out something else.
Kate Woodard: I was part of a little theater business. We did some celebrations and I in fact acted in a few plays, and I had a play that was staged, its type of a mystery up until the end, it was enjoyable. It was a little short piece that was actually fun to phase.
So, she loaded up and transferred to England where she started her profession as a playwright.
Howard Lovy: Kates early life included both carrying out and composing. Later, it was through composing kidss books that she found she was able to integrate the two skills.
Kate Woodard: Yeah, I suggest, your home we matured in, because it was big and there was a lot of us, a lot of mouths to feed, my moms and dads would keep the heat truly low since otherwise the cost would be outrageous to heat. So, we would sit around kerosene heating units and I would do my research and check out around a kerosene heating system with like the little half gloves for my fingers.
Beginning in your area, it was a major thing for me, and not just even in schools, I looked at every market or book fair, coffee shops, little shops. I had my launch in this little shop that was opening. So, we kind of supported each other, in terms of them having an occasion and me having the ability to launch my book. Starting locally really made a huge difference, especially being in a different nation. And I remember some of those instructors that would motivate me to compose because I started writing when I was so young. I just like supporting children who wish to compose. So, when I go, I dont just go and read my stories at schools, I go and I do a little workshop on writing, so that we all compose a little book together. Its really remarkable to see children begin to get creative and feel that they could likewise create a story themselves. I think its the finest part, connecting with children.
And then I have a little mystery story thats type of about being yourself and whatever that suggests, all your warts and all. So, theyre just all different sort of styles, whatever comes out, and I feel theyre timeless stories in the sense that theyre really human experiences that everybody has.
Possibly you do something virtual or method a school practically and offer to do a reading of one of your books or be participating in some event that youre doing. And also, just getting in touch with anyone that you understand, thats regional. I constantly feel like approaching people in your area is really helpful since they become your support network too.
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Howard Lovy: Then, Kates life altered dramatically when she wed a man from Brazil and relocated to a brand-new country where she did not speak the language.