Gwen Blakley Kinsler - Author

Birth place?
Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Birthday?
May 22nd.

Where do you live now?
Rolling Meadows, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago

When did you start writing?
I started writing in 1992. I think that I was a good writer in high school, though. I remember writing a research paper on the Amish and just a few years ago, at a family funeral, the mother of one of my high school friends commented about me writing that paper!

What is your next project?
A storybook with a crochet theme

What is your favorite book?
Kids Can Do It! Crocheting. Publishing this book is a dream come true!

Do you have any pets?
One Lhasa Apso named Gizmo.

What is your favorite hobby?
Crocheting, but it became my business!

What was your training or schooling?
A Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

How did you get involved with children's books?
My passion for crocheting and my desire to pass on the love of it to the next generation led me to books.

Do you have any tips for young creators?
Give many types of crafts a try. You never know what you might like best, and the more you try, the faster you will find the one that really sparks your creativity.

What is the thing you like the most about creating kid's books?
This is my first one and I like the idea that through my book I will be teaching young people to crochet and, thus, contributing to the preservation of this craft that is precious to me.

How do you research your writing?
I have a sizable library of crochet books and a wonderful resource in my Crochet Guild of America.

Where do you get your ideas?
Crochet is always on my mind and ideas pop up when I least expect them, but often in the shower!

What's your greatest childhood memory?
Many activities with my girl scout troop, especially crafts, and my mother being the leader.

When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
A nurse.

What is the weirdest or most interesting job you've ever had?
Being a nurse in charge of an outpatient clinic in a remote mountain village in Honduras, Central America, with the nearest doctor two hours away. However, there was a lay nurse and a witch doctor available to me in the village!

Non-fiction