Hi everyone, today I have the privilege of interviewing prolific, award-winning children’s author Carole Roman.
Hi Carole! Tell us a bit about yourself.
I live on Long Island, very near my kids and grandkids. I work full-time for over forty years in a family business that employees lots of people. It’s a 24 hour, 7 day a week kind of service that needs constant supervision. I love to read. I enjoy anything to do with history. I love the opera and ballet, broadway, and I am a master at playing craps.
Have you always wanted to write books? What made you start?
The kids forced me to write the first book. I was in a funk after losing my mom. They made a contest and I wrote the first Captain No Beard, never expecting it to become an Amazon bestseller or win any awards. Nine other books followed in that series and four other series were created from my love of history and culture.
You are a kind of champion for self-publishing, what sparked this?
When I do anything, I become totally immersed. I took over publicity and promotion for both my son’s and my books. I am goal oriented and set reasonable objectives for our success. I was both annoyed and surprised when walls that don’t seem to be there for traditional authors popped up, stopping us from achieving what we wanted. I am connected through my day job to many people in the fields of promotion and publicity. I decided to not only utilize what they have taught me, but share it with people who don’t have the same opportunities as I do.
What are your favourite genres to read and write?
Throughout my life I read various genres at different times in my life. At one time it was only spy thrillers, another science fiction, popular fiction, romance was the longest, but only historical. I am a sucker for the Regency time period in England. I love the elegance and grace of that time period. I will read anything with a historical bent to it. I read non-fiction history books every night as well.
With your ‘If You Were Me and Lived in…’ series covering so many countries and time periods how do you pick which to do next?
I started with what I considered were the different corners of the earth. Mexico was our nearest neighbor, France to represent western Europe, South Korea introduced Asia, Norway was northern Europe, Turkey was the Middle East and Africa, of course is Africa. Then people started asking. A friend asked for Australia, my hairdresser is Russian, the dry cleaner is from Egypt, my friend’s son comes from India, my neighbor was Hungary, my assistant was born in Poland, Kelsea, the artist wanted Scotland. Portugal was a contest. Israel and Italy, the most requested. My brother asked for Brazil because of the Olympics. The manager in our neighborhood diner asked for Greece. I never realized I had such diverse friends!
If you could have lived in any time period which would it be?
I would like to see the future. I think about it all the time. I live in a very old town- it was settled by natives, they used to fish and hunt here. It was colonized in the 1500 and 1600 hundred’s by the British. When I drive down the street to my house, I wonder how it will look in a hundred years. Will it remain quaint or will it look like the Jetson’s live here?
What is your favourite book of all time?
Shogun. I love the sweeping saga of East meeting West. It has everything, romance, drama, adventure. I think Captain No Beard may have come from there.
Tell us about your latest release.
If You Were Me and Lived in…the Ancient Mali Empire is a fun way to explore the cultures of Western Africa. It introduces children to one of the richest, most educated and influential empires the world has seen.
Join Carole P. Roman as she travels back in time to visit the exciting Ancient Empire of Mali in Africa during the 1300s. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the past to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land and its rich history through the eyes of a youngster like you.
Don’t forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair time traveler.
What makes your books unique?
Lots of people write history or books on culture- but do they really reach the child. Most people are bored with this information. I like to think my books encourage children to want to learn more. It opens doorways to discussions and perhaps even through knowledge they appreciate this wonderful world we live in.
My history books make history readable. If a child reads it with their parents, they may end up discovering something they never realized before.
My nursery and Captain No Beard series are filled with life lessons in coping, sharing, empowerment.
If You Were Me and Lived in…Germany was published today. Ancient Mayan Empire coming up next, followed by Cuba.
I just completed my first chapter books about the hectic world we live in and the crushing demands we place on both ourselves and our kids. I haven’t named it yet, but the night is young!