Author’s Digest is off to a great start so far this year, and this week we’re thrilled to continue that trend. Margi Smith is the self-published author of Sometimes I Feel Blue, a terrific little book that helps teach children how to express their feelings.
So join us in welcoming Margi to both Author’s Digest and AuthorHouse (Sometimes I Feel Blue is her first book.)
Margi, who is the author behind Sometimes I Feel Blue?
Margi Smith majored in English Literature with a minor in Studio Art from Skidmore College and has been running a business of her own for the last 27 yrs doing Freelance Media Services. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and her dog Bailey.
Having always loved reading children’s books to her kids and never without a book herself, she has turned a lifelong love of reading and writing into a reality by publishing her first children’s book, Sometimes I Feel Blue. She is a member of two local book groups and helped start a book group for middle school girls at Esperanza School in Lawrence with a group of book loving friends.
It was a natural to bring the text to her daughter, Julianne Smith, to collaborate on this project and have her illustrate this story, bringing the character of Stella to life. Jules has her BFA from Endicott College and is a Masters student at Lesley University for Expressive Art Therapy. She has worked at the Arlington Children’s Center, interned at the North Shore Educational Consortium, and is currently interning at the VA Hospital in Bedford doing art therapy and running an open studio Saturday mornings for the vets.
What literary influences helped you develop your style and genre?
I am never without a book. As a member of two book groups and having started a book group for a girls’ inner city middle school, I always have something on my night table, on my Kindle, on hold at the library or in a pile by my bed waiting to be read.
I love literary fiction, historical fiction and stories with great characters and settings. I love a broad mix of authors; to name just a few: My Antonia by Willa Cather; The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald; Rebecca, The Moon & Sixpence by Somerset Maugan; Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton; The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman; Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter; The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton; Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese–the list could go on.
For children’s books the list truly is endless but some of the very favorites include: Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan, Angelina Ballerina, Buzby the Cat, Lyle the Crocodile, Curious George, Little Bear, The Boxcar Children, The Phantom Tollbooth, and Raggedy Anne. Every one of these stories I can associate with a special time being read to as a child or reading to my own children. I think great stories allow you to do that; make connections with people you love and moments to treasure.
(to be continued)
Check back at Author’s Digest for more from our family of self-published writers, including the continuation of our talk with Margi Smith. Thanks for visiting!