Location: WA State/U.S.A.
Age: Too old to say.
Question: How long have you been writing?
All my life – literally for as long as I can remember. I was given an old script type-writer (an antique even then!) at about age 7. I quickly took to typing after being shown “home,” position – and loved to fill all that white space with that beautiful script! No poem, Hallmark card, or church hymnal from my grandmother’s piano was safe from my innocent plagiarism! I typed so many favorite verses, poetry and inspiring thoughts I came across. Of course, I am just old enough that this was in a pre-digital world, when copying was far less available, and more of an elite technology. I copy-typed my heart out and put the pages in special home-made poetry and music journals– and imagined I was saving all those beautiful words for something special, and important. Though I didn’t know what! J
I wrote my first 300 page “novel,” by the third grade. (Thank you Mrs. West, my teacher, for all her “critiquing,” and encouragement!) The biggest game changer for me was a school writing competition I won in the 4th grade – where, as a result of my writing being chosen out of all the others – I was sent as an Ambassador to represent my school at the Young Writer’s Conference. That was a defining experience – especially for a shy girl who had changed schools many times by then…
Question: What was the first publishing experience you had, and when?
In the May, 2014, issue of Foster Focus magazine, my narrative poem, "Open Window", was given a six page layout in celebration of the much celebrated Foster Care Month – at least in the foster care world. It was an unexpected and humbling honor – as I had submitted the poem months earlier. It was so lovely to see this tender, poetic story in print. I had much hope that it resonated with others in the deeper way which only poetry can do – and in the very least, validated their experiences in the composite story of the poem.
Question: Tell our readers about your first book. (For example: What was your inspiration for writing it, and what was it about)?
My first self-published inspirational book is going to be "Paths of Friendship", and it’s the debut title in a series I am so thrilled about! The Pebbled Lane Series is the brain, or rather heart-child of a prolific writer who has always loved to write about the seasons and holidays, in poetry and prose. I love to write when the larger cultural mood is striking, contagious, and heartfelt; to capture those sentiments of the individual experience in real-time.
On top of that – Pebbled Lane Books are givers on three fronts: either by helping authors have a real publishing opportunity. And yes, (quality) self-publishing is a REAL publishing opportunity, no matter how much the traditional, corporate publishing market wants to deny the reality of Indie’s growing, and likely soon to be dominant share of the pie.
The second way that Pebbled Lane is a giving project is that several titles in the series are giving at least a portion, if not all the proceeds to a worthy, heartfelt Cause.
Last, but not least – Pebbled Lane Books’ ultimate purpose is to offer something memorable, inspiring and positive to a readership who appreciates a good, clean, engaging and enjoyable read.
"Paths of Friendship", the first book in the anthology series, will be released on December 1, 2015! It is appropriately, a Cause Book, for a dear, young and close friend (of my daughter’s) who has been suddenly and unexpectedly taken quite ill, with a serious, long-term illness.
Question: What are some of the titles in your series?
Some of the titles in the Pebbled Lane Series include, "Paths of Fear", "Paths of Gratitude", & "Paths of Resolutions", and there are many more in this inspirational series.
Last question, if someone comes across this article and reads it, what would you like to tell them about why you think they should try reading your book or books?
Connie Kerbs aka The Fostering Mom, writes to inspire, and engage at many levels. I put my best foot forward, as an artisan of the writing craft, as a contributor to the literary landscape, and as a person. I surround myself with others who believe the same – to create the unique, the good, and the beautiful, and what I very much hope will be enduring, meaningful work you won’t want to miss.
For me, it’s all about what I call “living the gratitude,” – and understanding that whatever you put out there comes back to you many times over. So, best make the ripple be of good things…
Anything else you'd like to add that I didn't ask you, but you would like to share with our readers?
Just my favorite quote from Mother Theresa:
“We can't all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” This is good advice – for so many facets of life. It’s gotten me through many challenges as a foster parent, as the mother of a large, (sometimes larger than others!) family, as a wife, daughter, employee, and friend. As a writer, it’s also a reminder to just give and do, and be our best – in the small, singular moments that life is really made of. In this way also – the true riches of life experience are magnified, and so much more deeply appreciated.
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