Joining us today is Kathleen Crawley. Kathleen has been an advertising executive for over fifteen years. She resides with her husband Ronald Thomson in Redondo Beach, California. She is a native Californian having graduated from UCLA with a B.A in sociology. Colonel Trash Truck is her first book. About writing for children, Kathy says, "I have a number of books I want to write for kids because I think children are fascinating. They are open, creative, and interested in everything; they bring out the kids in me."
Welcome, Kathleen Crawley. We are excited to have you here. Can you please tell our readers a bit about yourself?
I grew up in Orange County, CA, in a large Irish Catholic family with 7 brothers and 1 sister. Life was an adventure and my family is extremely funny so I have lots of stories to tell.
How long have you been writing?
Technically, I’ve been writing for as long as I remember but it wasn’t until I was 38 years old that I decided I wanted to BE a writer with the intent to make a living at it. I am always making up stories about someone I see or something taking place in front of me.
Who or what is your greatest source of inspiration?
God. I read a number of inspirational books including the bible and I find that when I meditate and connect with God, I often feel like I am taking dictation when I write.
Tell us about your latest book. What is it about and what inspired you to write it?
I’ve work in advertising for many years and my greatest strength is my ability to identify trends and understand why consumers do what they do. For years, I noticed how kids, especially boys, go bonkers when they see a garbage truck. I also noticed there weren't many books or toys about trash trucks that tell kids how they pick up the trash we create. I thought, “Someone needs to write a book”. Then, one morning, I was awakened by the sound of the garbage truck. I opened my eyes and suddenly saw a clear image in my imagination of Colonel Trash Truck, just the way he looks on the cover of my book and began writing Colonel Trash Truck.
What do you like about this genre?
Writing for kids is so much fun. Anything is possible and everything and everyone can come to life and have a personality from a bug to a flower to a garbage truck as in Colonel Trash Truck.
What is different about your book compared to other books out on the market?
Colonel Trash Truck is what kids and parents want in more ways than one. First, kids love trash trucks. Second, they all want to be heroes like Superman or Spiderman and Colonel Trash Truck is the ultimate hero with a mission to win the garbage war. And third, he teaches kids one of the most important lessons they could possibly learn at a young age...to pick up trash and recycle.
What was your favorite book growing up?
Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham”.
What is the most memorable book you have ever read?
The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. Aside from the great stories and her amazing imagination, the books got kids reading.
Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
They can go to www.coloneltrashtruck.com or amazon.com
Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more about you and your work?
What is up next for you?
I am working on publishing the second book in the Colonel Trash Truck series “Captain Michael Recycle joins Colonel Trash Truck”
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Check out the fun video of Colonel Trash Truck on youtube.