Stacy C. Bauer
Born and raised in a suburb of Minneapolis, MN, Stacy C. Bauer is an author, wife, teacher and mother of two. She has been writing since she was a child and loves sharing stories of her kids' antics and making people laugh. She recently started her own publishing company and has released her fifth book.
1. Tell us about the featured book. What is it about, and why did you choose to write this story?
I am the self published author of the children’s book series Cami Kangaroo and Wyatt Too. I have 4 picture books so far and am releasing my fifth for preorder on October 13. This is a book series based on my own two children, Cami and Wyatt. I wanted to write a series that was relatable and funny and would inspire and encourage children to read and write. Another hope I have for my series is that it brings families and students/teachers closer together.
2. Tell us a little about your writing process. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
These books are based off of my children, so the only research I do is for the advice pages in the back of each book. I poll other parents, teachers and kids for ideas for each book. After I get my idea and write my rough draft, my editors and I spend at least a month editing and revising it. During that time, my illustrator and I create the storyboard. She then works on editing and revising the illustrations for the next month. She spends a few months working on the final illustrations, while I work on marketing and launching the book. Then the book goes to the printer and out into the world.
3. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Marketing- I have no marketing background, education or experience, so that’s been the hardest thing for me.
4. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I hired more editors and beta readers for my second books and spent a lot more time editing and revising. I have also learned that being a successful author is 10% writing, 90% marketing, so I’ve spent way more time learning about marketing than I do working on my books!
5. Are there any writers or authors who have influenced your writing? If not, who are some of your favorite writers?
I love funny and fun picture books and young adult fantasy.
6. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Just 1 and the preorder date is October 13. I finish a book before starting another one.
7. What does literary success look like to you?
Getting my published books into the hands of children, families and teachers. Seeing them enjoying my books. Making a profit.
8. What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve loved writing since I was a child. I use it to get my thoughts and feelings out on paper. It’s a good de-stresser. It’s always been my dream to be a published author. While on leave from teaching 4 years ago, I decided to just go for it!
9. When you’re not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Reading, traveling, hiking, playing piano, hanging out with family and friends, playing games.