By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: June 9, 2011
Frances Rinaldi: My first book was published with a push by my father. In 1993 I joined The Brevard Theatrical Ensemble with the intent to get over my fear of public speaking. It took sometime before I developed the courage to share a story. But a strange thing happened. While listening to others share their stories I began to remember stories my grandmother had shared with me. I shared these stories, started writing new stories, and within a year had a small collection. I illustrated the stories and with my father’s encouragement put the book into print. For some reason, for the next few years I wrote stories for performances and had no desire to publish them. Then, two years ago I came up with an idea for a series of books, and took on the challenge of writing a novel. I am hopeful for a release within the year.