Hi Arlene: Welcome to my blog. You are the first non-fiction author I have had on my blog.
Please tell us why you wrote this book when there are plenty of grammar books.
Most grammar books are long and b-o-r-i-n-g! My book is short and friendly. It has a complete review of grammar, but most of the book talks about common problems and confusions. For example, the book includes all those confusing things like principle/principal, affect/effect, imply/infer, I/me, etc. There is also a great index, which I did myself, by hand. Everything in the book is in the index.
I found the chapter on capitalization most handy. I can't believe all the rules on what words to capitalize and NOT capitalize when preparing a table of contents!
What is your back round that has enabled you to write such a difficult but comprehensive book?
I spent many years as a technical writer and editor. I also have experience in newspaper writing and editing, as well as textbook editing. I have a degree in journalism -- and a teaching credential in English. I have been teaching English to 7th graders for seven years. I also teach workshops based on my book at Santa Rosa Junior College and College of Marin. It all really started when I began teaching school. I noticed that the writers I had edited and the students I was teaching all tended to make the same mistakes. I thought it would be a good idea to put them all together in a book. And that is what I did!
Who do you recommend this book to?
EVERYONE, of course! It is intended for approximately ages 12 to 112. I can see the book being particularly useful to students, parents who want to be able to help their students, homeschool instructors and students, teachers who want to brush up on grammar, writers of both fiction and nonfiction, business people who need to speak and write in their jobs, job hunters, college applicants, and those whose native language is not English.
Your Utube is a very cute, funny and imaginative story! Everyone look at it here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca_PkjJAZY4
I got the germ of the idea from a friend and expanded on it! My son did the animation portion, music, photography, and then he put it all together.
I see that The Best Little Grammar Book Ever is actually your second book. Please tell us about your first one.
My first book is called Beyond Worksheets: Creative Lessons for Teaching Grammar in Middle School and High School. It is available as a download only from my website and from a website called Teachers Pay Teachers. It is a group of grammar lessons that I developed. I love teaching grammar, but often the students' eyes start rolling around in their heads! It can be boring, and the concepts are often difficult for students. Therefore, I try to make it interesting by thinking up different ways to use the grammar book. A few years back I had a student teacher who thought I should put these lessons together in a book, so I did!
As an active member of the Redwood Writers Club, please tell us your future goals as a writer.
Well, I don't know if I have any more books in me!
Actually, besides my grammar book, and the grammar lesson book I just talked about, I wrote part of a diet book several years ago. I think about maybe finishing it and putting it up on Scribd.
Many years ago, I wrote poems and song lyrics, but now I stick to the nonfiction stuff!
I admire those of you who write fiction, and I would love to try it; perhaps I will do the next NaNoWriMo.
However, for now, my goal is to take my writing/grammar course from the junior colleges into corporations. I am beginning a business conducting half-day and daylong workshops for corporations and other groups. If anyone is interested, please contact me! The workshops will cover both grammar and business writing. They are either 3 hours long (the Blitz Course) or a full day (6 hours). My website is www.bigwords101.com and my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
The Best Little Grammar Book Ever! 101 Ways to Impress With Your Writing and Speaking is available on my website, on Amazon.com and most other online booksellers, at Copperfields in Petaluma, Borders in Santa Rosa, the Santa Rosa Junior College bookstore, College of Marin bookstore, and at the Sonoma County Library. My book is available as a download in Iphone and Ipad. It is also for sale at Redwood Writers meetings and out of the trunk of my car, wherever I am!
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