Meet the Author: Carla Mooney
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.
This week, we are highlighting one of our amazing authors to find out what makes them tick. Do you know kids who want to be writers? Here's a way to show them how it's done.
Introducing: Carla Mooney!
Some of Carla's recent books:
Big Data: Information in the Digital World with Science Activities for Kids
Industrial Design: Why Smartphones Aren't Round and Other Mysteries with Science Activities for Kids
Globalization: Why We Care About Faraway Events
Evolution: How Life Adapts to a Changing Environment
Terrorism: Violence, Intimidation, and Solutions for Peace
How did you get started writing?
I've always been a writer, writing plays for the neighborhood kids or stories for school. As an adult, I found myself doing a lot of business writing. In particular, I worked with several scientific start-up companies to write business plans that they could give to potential investors. I learned a lot about writing through the process of talking to the scientists, learning about their research or products, and translating complex topics into plain language that investors could easily understand. It's a skill that I use in my writing everyday. When taking an online class, I discovered that I really enjoyed writing nonfiction - and here I am today!
What makes globalization an important topic for kids?
Today's technologies - smartphones, satellite television, internet - are connecting people around the world more than ever. I remember having a pen pal from France when I was in grade school and waiting for weeks to get a handwritten letter. Today, you can just type an email and get an almost instant response.
I believe that understanding these global connections and how they affect people around the world, for better or for worse, can help kids become better global citizens.
What do you hope readers will take away from your book?
I hope the book will help readers see how they are connected to people across the world and help them understand how choices can affect different people in different ways.
What do you enjoy most about writing books?
I'm a research nerd. I love starting a new book and diving into a pile of research. I even use an old-fashioned spiral notebook to take notes because I find it helps me organize my thoughts!
Are there any aspects of globalization that you think are especially beneficial?
Globalization enables collaboration. With globalization, we are no longer limited by geography or national borders. People all over the world can come together to tackle global problems such as hunger, poverty, disease, and environmental issues in ways that were not possible in the past. I hope this leads to great successes!
What advice would you offer kids who see injustice in the world and feel compelled to act?
Go for it! There are lots of ways to get involved in making the world a better place. You might want to volunteer for a local organization, hold a fundraiser, or start a club at your school that matches your interests. The world is waiting for you!