Interviewing Author Bess Sturgis
Q: Tell me about yourself
A: I am an American author with an international readership. I am also a professional costumed storyteller for museums, libraries, schools and various non-profit organizations. Because I am an advocate of literacy for everyone, I make annual appearances as a signing author at Penned Con St. Louis (https://www.pennedcon.com/) for Action for Autism.
This year, I will be adding Kansas City’s Show Me Your Books (https://www.showmeyourbookskc.com/) for the Dream Factory to my signing schedule.
Q: What are your favorite books to read?
A: I love to read and reread the classics, in addition to modern horror, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, and general fiction. Also, I read a great deal in the non-fiction genre: biography, history, expository, memories, economic theory, and scientific writings, etc.
Q: When did you decide you were going to write a book?
A: The decision to convert the original tales I told on my storytelling circuit to copyrighted print books was forced on me in 2009 when unscrupulous individuals with cell phones had the ability to create videos and “for profit piracy” of my tales became a fact of life.
Q: How did you come up with the names of your books?
A: Because I write for young readers, I give my book titles that are simple, self-explanatory and easy to remember.
Q: What are you working on for 2019?
A: 2019 is a busy year for me. Not only do I have two additional children’s picture books with their illustrators, but I am also working on Book #3 and Book #4 in my “Ghouliana Stories’ Not Too Scary Tales” series
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: From the stacks of manuscripts in my office, one would think I had been writing since the last Ice Age, but a more honest answer would be that I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading or writing something.
Q: What advice would you give to other writers?
A: Don’t stop! If you get stalled on one work, write on another project, then go back to the one that tried to sink you.
Q: Do you plan on making more books in the future?
A: My publisher hopes so.
Q: How many books have you written?
A: Nineteen. Four are currently in print and available in stores, libraries and online.
Q: Where can people find you online?
A: My books are available at the following locations: