Meet Hana Haatainen-Caye, an award-winning author, editor and voice-over talent.. She’s published nine stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul and 100 children’s books for iStorybooks
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
It would be my grandfather, Pekka Haatainen, a famous Finn, who made a difference in the lives of many people here and in Finland. I’d just ask him to tell me his stories.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Pay attention to those who believe in you. They were right.
What is your favorite resource for writers?
There are so many, but I really enjoy Mignon Fogarty, The Grammar Girl. I enjoy her articles and her books.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your literary career?
There have been quite a few especially satisfying aspects of my career, but the ones that stand out are the ones where my writing or teaching has touched someone’s life and changed it somehow. That’s the most rewarding part for me. Also, the milestone when I sold my 100th children’s book to iStorybooks.
What is your favorite tip for writers?
Stop competing with other writers. Only you can do what you’re doing and write what you’re writing.
What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
Juggling everything. Managing an in-home care company fulltime while still working as an editor, voice-over talent, blogger, and writer is exhausting. My brain’s tired and it’s hard to be creative during this season of my life.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
My Bible, a blanket, and a jug of vinegar, of course!
Website: www.wordsinyourmouth.com and www.greengrandma.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/h.haatainen.caye and www.facebook.com/greengrandma
Twitter: www.twitter.com/hanahaatainenca and www.twitter.com/thegreengrandma
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