Congratulations on the release of KATRINA AND WINTER: PARTNERS IN COURAGE. Please tell us more about it.
All Katrina Simpkins longs to be is a normal girl. Because she must wear prosthesis as a leg, she feels anything but. When she meets and befriends Winter, the tailless dolphin, at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, everything changes, including Katrina’s whole life.
What was the inspiration for this book?
Nancy: I first saw a video about Katrina’s life at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium about four years ago and was so touched by it. About a year later, I received a phone call one evening from a woman named Maria Simpkins. After speaking with her a minute, I realized she was Katrina’s mom! She’d called to ask if I would be interested in writing a biography of Katrina’s life. Seems she’d seen my books and had visited my blog. Without much thought, I immediately said, “Yes.” Only after I got into the writing process, did I realize how much I wanted this to be perfect for Katrina!
What is your favorite moment from the book?
Nancy: It has to be the first time Katrina gets to meet Winter in the water. Winter swims right up to Katrina and puts her head on Katrina’s shoulder. The beginning of a miracle…
Is this your first published book?
Nancy: No, I am also the author of the four Bella and Britt books, all published by Guardian Angel Publishing.
We’d love to hear more about you.
Nancy: I am the bestselling and award winning author of the four Bella and Britt Series books for children: One Pelican at a Time (eighteen weeks on Amazon Bestselling List), Sea Turtle Summer, (won Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval) Bella Saves the Beach and Mystery at Manatee Key. All are published by Guardian Angel Publishing.
One Pelican at a Time and I were featured in the PBS Tampa special, GulfWatch. Pelican has won the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite Five Star Award and was nominated for a Global eBook Award.
I am a frequent speaker and presenter at writing conferences throughout the United States. I conduct workshops and seminars and speak to school children on writing and helping save their planet. A blogger with a worldwide audience, I love to write of all things pertaining to writing for children.
I am fortunate to have been extensively throughout the world, most particularly Africa and am the US chair of a charity in Lamu, Kenya, that places girls in intermediate schools to allow them to further their education.
My husband and I divide our time between Tampa and St. Louis.
Do you have any book signing events or book tours scheduled for Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage?
Nancy: I am in the middle of an on-going tour with Pump Up Your Book. In early June, 2012, Katrina and I are appearing in a feature on Channel 10, Tampa with Ginger Gadsden, Morning Anchor. On June 9, 2012, Katrina and I are appearing at a Book Nook Celebration at the St. Petersburg, FL Pier Aquarium. I will be conducting an Intensives Workshop on non-fiction at the Summer SWCBI Conference in Orlando, June 15-16, 2012.
Wow, that all sounds very exciting! How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage events?
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