Born in Michigan, Carrie Clickard has spent every free moment since with a book in her hand or one in her head waiting to be written. A band, drum corps and drama geek throughout high school, she graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in advertising and bad roommates. Having worn dozens of career hats including copywriter, pressroom manager, marketing VP and colorguard instructor, she decided to become an author and wear every hat she could imagine.
Now an award winning author and poet, Carrie credits her writing success to a firm belief that dragons exist and that competitive baton twirling should be an Olympic sport. In addition to FBA silver medalist Dumpling Dreams, her work has been published in 12 countries and numerous magazines and anthologies. When she’s not safely tucked behind her computer monitor writing stories, Carrie tours the world in the company of family, friends and a four pound poodle named Pandora.
I’m a born book omnivore and haunted the library at the end of my street from my earliest days. I fell into the wondrous illustrated world hiding on those bottom two bookshelves and never wanted to leave. Who could imagine anything better than spending time with Madeline, Thidwick the Good hearted Moose, Ferdinand the bull, Harry the Dirty Dog or Beatrix Potter’s charming creatures? While my reading life “grew up”, I never stopped dipping into the imagination well of children’s books. And my writing life still clings to those first library shelves and that sense of wonder. Anything is possible in children’s books. That’s a world I want to spend my time in.
As anyone who has talked to me can attest, I’m a wordy person. So the lower word counts in today’s picture books can be torture for me. That being said, it’s an exquisite torture. When I manage to get my pared down text to sing, I’m delighted. About a year ago I sold a piece to Ladybug magazine that told an entire fairy tale story in four lines. Given my predilection for loquacity, I’m as proud of that poem as I am my longer books.
I definitely want a personalized tour and free samples from Miss Pustula Night’s shop in my book Magic for Sale.
A puppeteer or an undersea explorer, or maybe an undersea explorer who uses puppets to communicate with whales. Now there’s my dream job.
Late at night when the world is still and the stars sing me songs of imaginary places.
Love of reading is contagious! Share the children’s books you loved with them and take an interest in those books, naturally. But even more importantly let them see you reading, too. Yes, it’s hard to carve out time for your own pleasure reading, but it's critical. Children emulate what they see you doing. If reading is an important part of your life, if they see you prioritize time to enjoy a good book, that will impact them more than you can imagine.