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1) Describe your journey as an author/writer.
As a teller of tales, I do extensive school visits, seeing thousands of kids a year. Since I was in second grade, I have always wanted to be a children's book author. I believe my work as a storyteller helped prepare me for my career as a children's book author. I honed my storytelling skills in front of a live audience, which then helped me to translate that into my signature "Tell Along Tales" for the printed page. By performing in front of kids, I learned how to make them laugh and how to engage them. Kids are honest and through their reactions at live performances, I learned how to adjust and tailor my stories for their listening ears. This, in turn, helped me to translate those oral tales into books.
2) Do you specialize in any particular genre(s)?
3) What was your first published work?
4) Tell us about your most current project.
5) When did you publish your first book? Describe that process.
6) How are your books illustrated? Do you get to select the illustrator?
7) What is a professional storyteller? How did you become one?
8) How do you promote your work? What strategies have been the most successful?
9) What advice would you give to budding writers?
10) What is your definition of success as a writer?
Ignore the critics, embrace the praise, and above all, be kind to yourself.
Touring internationally, award-winning author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas sizzles on stage with “traditional folklore gone fun!” and “revved-up storytelling.” Audiences don’t just listen – they sing, clap, dance, chant, and roar with laughter. De Las Casas adapts traditional folklore, adding fun audience participation, song, and of course, humor. A dramatic storyteller, she does not stay still! Through the use of character voices, creative movement, and animated facial expressions and gestures, she creates a world of fantasy and enchantment. Childhood travels around the world contributed to shaping her future as a storyteller. De Las Casas lived in the Philippines, Hawaii, Spain and traveled across Europe and the United States. A proud Filipina-American, she now resides in the New Orleans area. Her varied cultural experiences nourished her imagination, and she continues to draw on that knowledge, adding depth and richness to her tales. A champion for literacy, she is founder of the international initiative, Picture Book Month, which was featured in Life Lift, The Oprah Blog.
Contact Dianne de Las Casas
Award-Winning Author & Storyteller
Founder of Picture Book Month
The Story Connection
P.O. Box 2656
Harvey, LA 70059
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