Meet the Author: Erin Twamley
Erin Twamley at a book signing
Have you ever wondered who writes our books? Find out in our Meet the Author blog series!
Nomad authors are the foundation on which our house is built, the soil in which our garden grows, the scaffolding on which we balance to hang our wallpaper, and any other metaphor you can think of that means indispensable.
Each week, we'll highlight one of our amazing authors and find out what makes them tick. These interviews are perfect for classrooms and homeschools! Do you know kids who want to be writers? Here's a way to show them how it's done.
Introducing Erin Twamley!
Why become a writer?
I have always loved to write. In my family I often gave poems for birthday presents. We have a Christmas "program" every year and I often recite or write something. I was asked to help co-author our first book, Climate Change, and I was excited. I think it sparked the writer in me.
What is your researching process?
I have learned to always be researching. From watching videos to reading social media quotes and news article, I'm always seeking new information. Social media helps bring information to life with stories and images. But as a writer, the key is to validate information and use multiple sources. A story is only as good as the facts behind it. For our books, I keep a running list of resources and references.
What is your writing process?
My experience as an author (so far) has been as a co-author. This means I have been learning how to not only perfect my own process but work with someone else, Josh Sneideman, to develop a writing and editing process. We are big fans of Google Docs, which allows us to write collaboratively. My writing process can happen anytime or anywhere - I put a note, sentence, or idea into our Google Doc. Writing is a challenge. You cannot just sit down and have it come pouring out like in the movies! Writer's block is real!
What was your favorite book when you were a kid?
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
What problem of the world would you most like to see solved?
Taking care of our planet. Mother Earth is our home. We have to start living our lives on a daily basis, around the world, to protect her land, air, and water.
What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be a writer?
Write! Poems. Your story. A news article. A blog. A book. For writers, there are many new avenues to share your writing talents.