Today, we’re featuring an interview with a writer who’s also a mother and an elementary school teacher: Tabatha Shipley!
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you write.
I write fiction, usually for a younger audience. As a teacher I became aware of a lack of interesting material in a younger age range that exposed kids to third person point of view. I set out to write something different for that audience.
How long have you been writing?
Since I could hold a pen! Writing is my outlet for stress.
In this capacity though, about a year of serious focus on honing my craft and writing for a wider audience.
What are you currently working on?
My first dive into fiction for general adult readers! I’m excited and yet equally frightened by what kinds of thriller my mind is capable of producing.
Do you consider yourself to be an introvert or extrovert?
Introvert, but I hide it really well when I have to.
What do you love best about being a teacher?
That moment when a kid just GETS it. You see their eyes light up and realize they just learned the power of knowledge. There is nothing else in the world like that feeling. It is the drug that all good teachers are completely addicted to.
What is your favorite book? Why?
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
First because JK Rowling is the Queen of writing and I just want to immerse myself in her life and her brilliance.
But there are a lot of books for that. I picked this one specifically because it shows that all people have that hidden side. Your hero has something dark inside him as much as your perceived bad guy has some deep passions within him.
Have any additional comments or advice for our readers/writers?
Find a story that begs to be told and tell it. It is that simple and that difficult.
Thank you, Tabatha, for sharing your passion and insight with us! You can find her at her blog, Developing Our Wings