Note: This article is the third and final Q&A in a series of interviews with top indie children’s book authors who have found success through Amazon’s self-publishing platforms.
Carole P. Roman is an award-winning children’s book author who began writing children’s picture books on a dare from one of her sons. Writing for children has opened up a whole world for Carole. While she is still working in her family business, her self-publishing journey has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as a love for history and culture with a young audience of readers. A prolific author, Carole currently has more than 25 titles under her belt and is always hard at work on her next release. Carole P. Roman continues to find support and inspiration from her family and her son, Michael Phillip Cash is also a successful indie-published author.
At the first-ever KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) Kids roundtable, some of Amazon’s leading indie kids’ book authors shared their unique and inspiring success stories, discussed their latest works and chatted about the indie children’s book landscape. Recently, Carole spoke with the Examiner about how her family inspired her to create a fulfilling second career through indie publishing, while meaningfully connecting with children and their families around the world with her work:
Meagan Meehan (M.M.): You have said that your family influenced you to become an author. Did you tell your children lots of stories when they were little?
Carole P. Roman (C.P.R.): I read with them all the time. We read all kinds of books and talked about the stories afterwards. I read Shakespeare and acted out Hamlet and MacBeth when they were still in elementary school. We read Shirley Jackson, things that would pique their interest. More important than that, we played a lot of imaginary games. I played with my brothers and cousins when I was young, so that when I had my own children, we resuscitated those games and reinvented them. We pretended to be pirates, space explorers, great chefs, you name it.
M.M.: Aside from the “Captain No Beard” series, have you written any other books?
C.P.R.: I have written a non-fiction series called “If You Were Me and Lived in….” There are 16 books in the series with three more on the way. It is an introduction to cultures and customs around the world. I am a former social studies teacher, so the subject is a natural for me. I have traveled the globe with my own children and grandchildren and love pointing out and discussing the similarities and differences of the people of our great world. I also wrote a beginners book on yoga.
M.M.: Your son is also an author. What does he write? Do you read all his books?
C.P.R.: He writes under the name Michael Phillip Cash. He writes paranormal, mystery, thriller, fantasy, and horror. He also writes best-selling self-help books under a different pen-name, Michael Samuels, and has written 17 scripts, as well. I love his books, and reread them many times. He writes with subtle layers that reveal something new each time you read them. He is wonderfully diverse and I find his writing engaging. I’m very proud of him.
M.M.: Aside from working as a writer you still run a family business. What kind of business is it?
C.P.R.: We are in the transportation industry. We have a global car service that enables clients to book cars anywhere in the world. I started the business with my husband 46 years ago, and to date, my brother, my kids, and about 500 other people work together in one of our four offices.
M.M.: To date, what has been the most rewarding part of being a professional author?
C.P.R.: Where do I start? Is it the pleasure of holding your finished book in your hands, or the delight of turning on Kindle and seeing your book as a suggestion? Or how about when you are ranked in the top one hundred? Do you know how many snapshots I have of that? Maybe it’s the awards, or the reviews that make you hold your breath when you read them. Watching kids react, or parents laugh at your joke, is pretty amazing, but I think, having my own grandson read to me the book that he inspired has to take first place.
M.M.: What advice would you give someone who is aspiring to be an author and/or illustrator?
C.P.R.: Write – don’t be afraid. Ask people for honest reviews. Be prepared to work hard on getting your name out there. Get on forums on Goodreads. Amazon has quite a few really valuable books on marketing your own book. Learn to use social media to publicize your work. Most importantly, understand it doesn’t end when you get published; you have to work hard to get people to notice your book.
M.M.: Are there any upcoming projects or events that you would like to mention?
C.P.R.: I am in the process of getting my next series up and running, called “If You Were Me and Lived in… Tudor Times.” I plan to hit many different and important time periods and open the door to discussion on what life was like for a young child.
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To learn more about Carole P. Roman visit her official website.