It is always a pleasure to welcome one of my fellow authors to my segment – Interview an Author. Today author Nancy Klein is here to share a little bit about herself and her books.
Welcome, Nancy. It is a pleasure to meet you and learn about you and your books. Please step up on the soap box and tell us about yourself.
My blog covers travel, art, poetry, current events, politics and much more.
Isabel, a 12-year-old Mexican girl, struggles as she tries to settle into a new life in the United States. She misses her mother, left behind when she and her father came to find a better life. She doesn’t feel welcome living with her uncle and his family and struggles with the English language. How will she cope in this strange new world?
Her kind sixth-grade teacher suggests Isabel keep a journal, where she can pour out the feelings she used to share with her mother. She encourages her to take home the newspaper to help improve her English and learn about world events. While Isabel starts to make friends, she is horrified by the events that take place on September 11, 2001, in the US, witnesses a deadly political demonstration in Oaxaca, Mexico and is eventually forced to flee to Madrid, Spain.
Will all this chaos prevent Isabel from finding a way to feel connected to the world around her? This coming-of-age story is written in journal format, spanning three years and three countries. Follow Isabel as she grows into a young woman during turbulent times, trying to find a place to call home instead of feeling torn between worlds.
This is an anthology of 34 stories from a variety of authors sharing experiences that happened to them and concluding with what each author learned as a result. Each touching story begins with a quote related to the subject, shares the experience, and concludes with a moral. This collection of stories is especially geared towards younger people who may need some guidance about how to successfully navigate their lives. However, people of all ages would find this book of interest because of the variety of wonderful stories and moral guidance shared. Some stories are happy while others are quite sad. In all cases, these mature writers share lessons from their own experiences to help others successfully navigate through the ups and downs of life.
This is a book meant for children to help them understand what makes Spain so special by highlighting some of its more interesting cities through words and plenty of color photos. Adults can use the book to help them plan a trip to Spain as well. The tour of Spain is designed so that visitors to the country can travel via car or public transportation in a clockwise direction to see the most important sights in nine unique cities of the country. Generally, the cities are between three to five hours apart. Most of these places have been designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
I am originally from the Chicago area and worked as a journalist for about 15 years. Later on, I became a public school teacher working with bilingual students from Mexico. Torn Between Worlds, my novel, is loosely based on the experience of one of my students. I felt like there weren’t many books that reflected the experience of undocumented Latino immigrants so I felt compelled to write this book to address their plight. This way, these students would have a book that speaks to their experiences.
When we retired, my husband and I moved to sunny Spain because we don’t like the long, cold Chicago winters but really like traveling around Europe.
I started keeping a journal when I was 12, first writing about the annual Academy Awards ceremony and who had won what award. Since then, I kept a journal off and on until I retired. Then I started writing a blog and that allows me to express myself to a wider audience.
The three books I have written all evolved from personal experiences. When I started my blog, I began writing life lessons I had learned over the years. This evolved into the anthology, Life Lessons, that I put together with contributions from other members of my local writers’ group.
At the same time, I broadened the scope of my blog by covering our travel experiences including museums we had visited, choral festivals we attended, along with highlighting special places worth visiting. During the worst part of the Covid pandemic, I also started writing poetry as a way to cope with how it was taking away many of the joyful things about living. Politics and current affairs also interest me a lot so I write about that on my blog too.
My third book, What’s So Special about Spain, covers nine of the most interesting cities in Spain that we have visited and includes photos we took of these places. It’s meant to entice children to want to come to Spain with their families.
I am currently working on a non-fiction book about genealogy. The first part of the book deals with how to build a great family tree while the second half is a collection of interesting stories about famous ancestors throughout history.
My current hobbies include genealogy, yoga, singing in two choirs, swimming, book groups, reading, writing and travel.
What advice would I give prospective authors?
Join a writers’ group to get honest feedback on what you have written. Don’t bother trying to get a publisher or agent interested in your books. Just self-publish them after you have had them critiqued by a writers group and edited by a professional. I published three books so far with the help of Kindle Create, a free program offered by Amazon. This way, your books are out in the world. Then you have to get friends and acquaintances to read your books and review them on Amazon or Goodreads. These good reviews can help with sales. The downside to self-publishing is you have to be the main person marketing your books. Even with many good reviews, the books don’t sell themselves.
jjspina: Good advice, Nancy. I agree about books not selling themselves. Self-published authors have a tough road to travel with much work to do to sell themselves and their books in this ever-growing world of books.
If you could have one wish, what would it be?
I wish that everyone in the world would have just what they needed for a comfortable existence rather than having super rich people and homeless people. Life doesn’t have to be this way. No one should be suffering when there is enough for everyone.
Jjspina: I agree with that for sure, Nancy. If only is what I say all the time about people who have so much while there are others suffering with so little.
Thank you so much, Nancy, for stopping by today for this interview. It was a pleasure to have you here and to learn about you and your fascinating books and life.
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I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet and learn about Nancy here! Celebrating her every success.
Thanks so much, Annette!
Thank you, Annette, for stopping by and for your support. 💕
Hi Janice, it is lovely to meet Nancy here. She has an interesting variety of books. The first one appeals to me a lot.
Hi Roberta. Thank you. I am glad to hear my novel appeals to you
Thank you, Robbie, for stopping by. Yes, she certainly does have interesting books. It was a pleasure to have Nancy here. 💕
Yes, she does. Thank you for stopping by. 🥰
Thanks for featuring Nancy and her books. I have enjoyed these books and have given some as gifts. I agree, it would be such a better world if no one had to suffer.
Hi Darlene. Thanks for suggesting I be interviewed by Janice. It’s a good opportunity- I appreciate your support too
Thanks for stopping by, Darlene. It was a pleasure to have Nancy on my blog so I could get a chance to know her and her books. 💕
My pleasure, Darlene! I enjoyed meeting Nancy and learning about her and her books. 🥳
excellent featuring and great interview – very enjoyable!
Thank you, Mihrank! 😀
Thank you for your interest, Mihrank!