Maron Craig Bielovitz is a writer and artist working out of her home studio in Elmhurst, Pennsylvania in the foothills of the beautiful Pocono Mountains.
Together with her husband, Don (and always a Scottie dog or two), Maron enjoys the slower pace of the rural community where she grew up. Although she has always written and created art, Maron enjoys being a full time creative since her retirement from a 25 year career as a Realtor. Gardening, reading, playing Mah Jongg and volunteer work are a few of the other activities she enjoys when not writing or creating art.
Along with a lifetime of studying art and writing techniques in various venues, Maron enjoys keeping her skills honed with workshops for writers and illustrators of children’s literature where she has the pleasure and privilege of learning from many prominent contemporary children’s book authors and illustrators. She strongly believes that one should never stop learning. Her first forays into writing were for her local newspaper as a contributing editor and several articles in national magazines. She is constantly striving to bring her craft to a higher level. Maron is proud to be working with Foundations Books, LLC on her latest projects. Her book of poetry will be followed by 4 children’s books which she also illustrated.
The Christmas Mouseby Maron Craig BielovitzPublish: Dec 02, 2019Children's
A Frosty Morningby Maron Craig BielovitzPublish: Jan 21, 2019Children's
Seasons and Sentimentsby Maron Craig BielovitzPublish: Sep 10, 2018Poetry
I spent my childhood in a rural community in North East Pa. I was always a creative person but never consciously thought about being an author or illustrator at an early age. That was just something that "evolved" as I evolved!What do you love the most about being an artist working out of your home studio in Elmhurst, Pennsylvania?
Working out of my home is, in most ways, less stressful as I have only myself to answer to and I'm a pretty goal oriented and organized person. It takes discipline to work from home but the rewards are many.What do you enjoy the most about the slower pace of the rural community?
My main inspiration has always been nature (I am surrounded by that in rural America) so if you could see my muse, imagine a delicate fairy with a crown of flowers surrounded by animals running through a copse of lovely trees or sitting by a babbling brook! (She may look dainty but she is a powerful taskmaster.) There are no street corners to hang out on...no hustle bustle... so one has more time to reflect on the peaceful surroundings.How would you describe your 25 years career as a Realtor?
My career in Real Estate was epic. I met some wonderful folks, many of whom became lifelong friends. I loved helping clients achieve their dreams and, let's face it...the thrill of making a sale was wonderful too.What is the biggest lesson you have learned from many prominent contemporary children’s book authors and illustrators?
I learned that there are many creatively talented artists and writers out there but those who are successful are the ones that are willing to work hard, survive rejection and help others.In what ways do you constantly strive to bring your craft to a higher level?
I think that the very act of doing what I love...illustrating and writing...is key because the more I do it, the more I refine my techniques.What is the latest project you’re working on with Foundations Books, LLC?
The next book being released in the spring of 2020 is actually one of the first I had written and illustrated. It's a sweet little book to teach young children colors through rhyme and engaging illustrations. So look for "My Colorful World" in the spring.What inspired the story of The Christmas Mouse?
Well, I knew I wanted to do a mouse as the main character and to have him determined to ask Santa for something special for Christmas so that was the "seed." Then I knew if he was to be a determined little fellow that he would have to meet with and overcome some obstacles along the way. Then I was having fun creating rooms of the house and it just grew from there!!What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title? Have you ever designed your own book cover?
I am a strong advocate for a cover that grabs the attention of a potential reader because that is one of the things that always draws me to the books I read. I've designed all of my book covers.What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?
I aways want them to be entertained both visually and literally...I want to leave a favorable impression...make them smile...What is the significance of the title of your book, “Seasons and Sentiments “?
As I said, I am greatly influenced by nature and often write poetry inspired by the many beauties of each season. As for sentiments, I write from the heart so I guess you could say I am sentimental and it comes through in my poetry.Who inspired the character of playful Jack Frost in “A Frosty Morning”?
When I was a little girl I received a book of children's verse and there was a little ditty in there about Jack Frost and I always thought that was so cool...pardon the pun! So I created my own vision of Jack and a story about enjoying winter. (the Jack in my childhood book was more destructive and a bit devious.)What advice would you like to give writers who are struggling with their first novels?
As soon as you get your story "idea" jot it down then do an outline of situations, characters, settings, whatever is a building block for the foundation of your book. After that, just start telling the tale on paper or computer the way you are imagining it. Then...edit, edit and uh...edit!! You want to submit your very best version of the story. Don't be in a hurry, don't fall in love with your first draft and treat it like your child. Even children need to be "corrected" to make them better! And remember this may be the easy part as the getting published part is where the real work begins.Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?
I am editing my first chapter book about....well, I won't reveal that except to say that it's sweet and charming and fanciful and my beta readers love it!!How has been your experience working with AllAuthor?
It's been great. I've had the honor of winning the bronze award in a cover contest. I've enjoyed using the banners they provide to promote my books on social media. They are very "hands on" in having a personal relationship with members. I admit that I have not taken advantage of all they have to offer but I hope to do so soon!!
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