In cooperation with Waldorf Publishing, we are pleased to continue our Author Profiles series. The next author in the series is E.V. Eklund.
How did you get your start in the literary world? Creativity has always been a part of my life since I can remember and I always knew I wanted to be in a field which I could express my passion for art. As for writing poetry, I started after I received many compliments on a poetry piece I wrote for my grandfather’s birthday based on his life. I thought to myself “Wow, I seem to have a knack for this, perhaps this is something I can do and really enjoy doing.”
Can you tell us a little more about what you do? Outside of writing and illustrating children’s books, I’m a contract apparel designer. I love being creative in any aspect I can and am very detail oriented, so I love putting a lot of thought and meaning into my work.
What is your favorite part about being an author? I like being in control with what I am writing. I believe, having the freedom to write about what interests me in the style I want to, makes for a better story. When you’re passionate about a topic and have no restrictions, you put your whole heart into it.
How do you get your inspiration? Inspiration for me comes from all over. Sometimes it’s from something I see, or an experience I had, or it just comes to me in my head. Other times, one idea will lead me down the path to another idea. Then I jot it down, even if it’s a one liner. Many of my ideas I have collected over the years are just waiting to be used when the time is right.
Of all the characters you’ve created, which one would you like to see come alive on the silver screen? That is a really tough choice, because all the stories I write, each character I have a special connection with. Especially from my Timeless Tales books, because a lot of those stories are memories from my own childhood. A lot of my characters are very memorable and would make for a great collection of short stories on TV for kids.
What is the funniest thing to happen to you in your career? One particular instance doesn’t come to mind, but as for enjoyment, it’s 100% of the time.
Can you tell us a bit about your book? Nursery Rhymes and Poems is the second volume in the Timeless Tales collection. It’s over 100 pages, containing 90 fully illustrated poems that consist of four categories: Bedtime Rhymes, Play Outdoors, Growing, and Creativity. Inspired by the Childcraft poetry books from the late 1930’s, this is a vast collection of illuminating stories reminiscent of classical verse and tales. Children will never cease to be enchanted with this book that is a classic in the making.
What is your next big project? Many inspiring ideas come to my mind so I have many children’s books that I am in the process of writing and illustrating. I am currently working on a singular story book that I plan to turn into a series along with a few for-all-ages poetry books with illustrations.
Anything else you’d like to add? Inspiring creativity is essential in childhood. Timeless Tales not only appeals to children with its rhythmic language, it instills responsibilities and good values along with creativity that both children and parents will enjoy. This book is a collection of stories that will be cherished and enjoyed over and over again, with its variety of different artistic mediums and narratives throughout.
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