Nicole Schrader

Why I Started Writing:

I homeschooled my three children, and a love for writing came alive within me when I taught them to write. I enjoyed coming up with short stories or examples of literary devices for them. During their high school years, my daughter introduced me to Nanowrimo.org or the National Novel Writing Month. (The challenge is to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November.) I thought it would be good for us all to participate—even my husband took part. I loved the entire writing process and completed the first draft of my novel. I particularly love writing for children and young adults.

Authors Who Have Influenced Me:

In fourth grade, I read The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. The story captured my imagination and I’ve loved reading ever since. Jane Austin’s my favorite for witty dialogue. CS Lewis taught me to love the use of metaphor in writing. Rudyard Kipling and Jack London made adventures at sea thrilling. And Mark Twain makes me laugh out loud.

Books I Have Written:

Darwin Finds Freedom is the first children’s picture book I’ve written. Since then, I’ve completed four stories in the What If Series, two ABC books (Alpaca an Apple, and The Secret Silent ABCs), and a book for children with family members dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease called Nana’s Still Nana.

What I'm Working On Now:

I’m working on completing an early chapter book entitled, David, the Viking Bear Trainer.

Darwin Finds Freedom

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