I met Martha Steward on Linkedin.com about two months ago. We began following each other and sending messages back and forth through Linkedin. One day Martha said we should get together for a chat. I thought she meant an email chat but actually she meant a phone chat. So, we exchanged numbers and then found a time convenient for both of us to sit down and have time to talk. I discovered Martha lives in California while I live in rural North Carolina. Even so, as we talked it was like she lived next door.
Martha and I have a lot more in common than we realized at first because Martha lives on a farm in California. Even though I don't live on a farm, I am surrounded by farms. Martha has chickens and other critters that she takes care of and she also has a garden. Although it was neat to know we lived in the same kind of environment what drew us together to begin with was the fact that we both are children's authors. My third book, Tired of Being Different, includes a theme of animal resure and that theme also runs through Martha's books. Martha's first two books are Darby's Story and Bangle Bear. These two books are MCA Silver Award winners for best books about pet adoption and animal care. Martha's third book, Finding Your Way Home, is a story about two stray kittens.All of these stories are warm and funny with a reading level of about fourth grade and up.
Martha is also a supporter of Read Across America through her volunteer efforts and donations of her books to local programs. If you would like to learn more about Martha and her books you can find her at http://marthasteward64.wordpress.com/about/