Sarina Siebenaler: My Autism advocacy has been one of the reasons I began writing children's books.
Can you start by telling me a little bit about yourself?
I am a wife to my loving and supportive husband of 14 years, a mom to three amazing children, and a dog mom of our sweet rescued Goldendoodle, Ellie. I live in beautiful and sunny Arizona where t-shirts and flip-flops are mandatory most of the year. For several years I have serviced parents of children with Autism to provide resources and support for this beloved community. My Autism advocacy has been one of the integral reasons I began my journey as a children’s book author.
When did you first realize that you wanted to be an author and when did you publish your first book?
One of my most treasured moments of motherhood has been snuggling on a chair with my children reading picture books and creating stories for them. When my son was diagnosed with Autism, I knew reading to him every night would be one of the significant privileges I could give to him when he was non-verbal. With my love of poetry and art, I knew I wanted to write stories. My son’s motivation to enjoy silly stories was how “Do Not Wish for A Pet Ostrich!" was born. Children and early literacy have always been the connection to my inspiration.
How many books you have published so far?
I have published 2 books since 2019. My first book is dedicated to all the moms that have a child(ren) with ASD, “Until There Was You”. My second book was released in November of 2020, “Do Not Wish for A Pet Ostrich!” This is a silly story to bring laughter to children.
Encouraging early literacy one smile at a time.
Where do you get your inspiration from and can you tell me about your writing schedule?
My very own children, their friends, and school-aged children give me inspiration for my writing. I also, spend countless hours reading other inspiring books from talented authors to understand why the greater success of these books captures children’s attention. My schedule is sporadic as being a mom of three and working as an Autism Advocate keeps me busy. I normally find gaps in the day and usually when my children are in bed to write and work on my publishing goals.
How many hours per day do you spend on your books?
This varies daily. My husband would say I need more sleep. Ha!
What do you intend to achieve through your books and where can people purchase them?
My ultimate goal in my writing journey is to create children’s books to inspire and empower visual thinkers and spark the growth of emergent readers.
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My personalized hardcover books can be found on my website at:
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What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love being a mom, dog mom, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Personally, running, hiking, and painting are my go-to outlets to help me mentally prepare for a busy schedule.
What have you learned in creating your books so far?
I have learned that creating a book is not a solo job. It takes a talented village to help you bring your words/story to life. My Mentor - April Cox, Editors - Bobbie Hinman and Nicole Fillipone, Illustrator - Gabby Correia, and Graphic Designer - Praise Saflor are some of the kindest and talented people I know. I also can’t say enough about all of the support I’ve received from other Indie Authors and countless other mentors that I have been so lucky to now call friends.
Bringing joy and literacy to the hearts of children has been my most triumphant success.
What advice would you give to other authors?
It’s a job.
It’s not just about writing a story.
You need to be prepared to market, build connections, and put yourself out there. Define your level of success and put in the work. Find your niche and continue to find ways to research for self-development. Personal investment also includes reaching out for mentorship to those that have become successful veterans in the market. Mentor others as you are learning the process. This job is not a single-person standalone feat. Lastly, do not rush the creation of your book. Ensure quality standards are met and gather beta testing before you put your name on a book and showcase it to the world.
Do you provide other services to help other authors?
I do not provide paid services at this time. I support authors in my “free” time to encourage them and provide feedback. It’s in my DNA to provide support and I love doing it. I’ve built invaluable relationships with kind and talented authors along the way.
How do you market your books?
Currently, I do school visits https://www.sarinasiebenaler.com/authorvisit,
events, social media, and ads to help market my books.
What are your plans for the future? Do you have more publications on the way?
My next book is scheduled to be released this year (2021).
This book will be a continuation of the collection of “Silly Books for Kids” from my latest publication, “Do Not Wish For A Pet Ostrich!”. It will be a silly book highlighting a pet Unicorn. I’m so excited!
All the best Sarina with all of these amazing books.