Interviewing Author Collette Dahl Lorentzen
Q1.when did you decide you were going to write a book?
A. I decided to write a book many years after I created a colored pencil drawing of a dog many years ago. About 3 years ago, I quite by accident talked with a woman at the hospital I work at. She told me she had plans of writing a children's book and was looking for an illustrator. Being a multi-media fine artist, I, of course, showed her samples of some of my work. After showing her my drawing of the dog, Wilber, which I had named when I did the drawing, I thought, why was I not doing something myself. I always wanted to use the drawing in a cartoon strip, but could never think of anything funny. Making a children's book was the perfect answer for me.
Q.2 how did you come up with the name of your books
A. I came up with the name of my books after thinking about what I was going to do with the drawing. I decided that I would use Wilber to teach morals and the right things to do in different situations with his different adventures.
Q. 3 what are you working on now for 20 18?
A. I now am working on my second book that should be out in a few days on Amazon. "Wilber's Very First Vacation."
Q 4. how long have you been writing?
A. I have only been writing for 3 years and it's been an experience and fun to do, with many trials and tribulations.
Q 5. What advice would you give other authors?
A. I would advise anyone planning to write to go with their dreams and create what satisfies them and makes them happy. There are so many resources on the internet these days, its a really big help as well.
Q 6. where can people find you online?
A. I am on facebook mostly, "Collette's Fine Art and Graphics" mainly, with many of my art samples posted. I am sometimes on the Google business site under the same name, although I'm not on the site very often. If anyone has a question or an art request they can message me. I have been creating art for many years and do a large amount of commissioned work as well.
Q7 do you plan on making more books in the future
A. I have four more books written and I'm starting the process of my third book and all of the drawing to accompany it. I hand draw the preliminary pictures and use an app on my IPad to finish and tweak the drawings.
Q 8 how many books have you written
A. I have written two books in the series, with one of those out in a few days, as I said earlier. All of my books are about Wilber and his adventures. They are meant to teach and amuse children 2 -8 yrs.
Q 9 did you go to college to be a writer
A. I did not go to school to be a writer. I started college to become a nurse and soon found that wasn't for me. I then wanted to be in the graphics field in college but moved with my family before I could finish and graduate from a central Iowa junior college. Moving to North Iowa, the college there offered Graphics courses. But alas that curriculum was dropped by the time I had the opportunity to go the school while working a full-time job. I then decided that I wanted at least an associates degree. So I chose Business/IT, as that would give me a good general education. And I did take a couple of computer graphics classes while gaining my degree