interviewing children's author katie cruice smith

Q1. when did you decide you were going to write a book?

A.  I decided to write a book when we were adopting my third child. My now-illustrator recommended I write a book that she would illustrate, and we could sell the book to raise money for the adoption! It didn't quite work out as an adoption fundraiser as we couldn't figure out how to publish it back then, but now we are published and sharing our story!=)

Q2.  how did you come up with the name of your books 

A.  I entered an essay contest to win an adoption grant, and the question to answer was, "If your child comes to you someday and asks, 'Why did you choose me,' what would you say? (My book is called "Why Did You Choose Me?"

Q3. 3 what are you working on now for 20 18?

A.  I am currently working on an adoption devotional book for older children to work through with their adoptive parents to help in the bonding process.

Q4. how long have you been writing?

A. I have been writing all my life (I even won an award for an essay in 6th grade!). But professionally, I have been writing since 2001. I was the education reporter for our local weekly newspaper for 2 1/2 years. Then I started freelancing and took a break from the paper. And then, when I became a mom, the newspaper asked me to cover religion as a freelance reporter. And I still write for them.

Q5. What advice would you give other authors?

A. I would say to not give up on your dream! It took me four years to get this book published! There have been a lot of rejections, but all it takes is one yes!

Q.6  we're can people find you online?

A. FB--Katie Cruice Smith, Author; Instagram--@authorkatiesmith; Twitter--@authorktcsmith; or on my blog at

Q7.  do you plan on making more books in the future 

A. Yes! In addition to the devotional, I am also working on a trilogy for adult readers. And I am planning on working on another book to go along with Why Did You Choose Me?
Yes, I love writing! But I'm an editor, too, so I have to juggle between writing my own works and reading other people's manuscripts!

Q.8  how many books have you written

A. I only have the one book out right now, but just wait!

Q9. 9 did you go to college to be a writer

A. I definitely did a study to be a writer! I have a degree in Publishing, actually, but all of my electives were writing. I wanted to be a Creative Writing major, but my very intelligent parents suggested I do something in the same field that would give me a lot of different options!