Elisa Sobolik lives with her husband and four children in Andover. She is a stay-at-home mom, small business owner, speech-language pathologist and now author. She has witnessed first-hand the powerful impact that books and reading have on language development and pre-literacy skills in children. She loves to read, hike, run, spend time with family and travel. She hopes to pass on her love for reading to her children.
Tell us about the featured book. What is it about, and why did you choose to write this story?
Always Be Kind is about the power of a simple act of kindness. It is based on a true event that occurred in my daughter’s classroom when she was in kindergarten. I loved her kind heart and thought it was a timeless message to share with other children.
Tell us a little about your writing process. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Because my book is based on a true story, I didn’t need to do any research. I wrote the manuscript for the book as I was laying with our son who was about 18 months old and took what seemed like forever to calm down and fall asleep. I would write each stanza in my phone as it came to me. I made several revisions during the editing process. The most difficult part of the process (at times) was conveying the story in rhyme.
Are there any writers or authors who have influenced your writing? If not, who are some of your favorite writers?
I truly admire children’s book authors who write in rhyme. I love the way the rhyming pattern enables children to complete phrases of well-known stories before they can even read themselves. Some of my favorite children’s authors are Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo), Sherri Duskey Rinker ("Construction Site" series), Rachel Bright (The Squirrels Who Squabbled).
Has a library or librarian impacted your life or your writing life?
I really started to appreciate children’s literature when my oldest daughter was about a year old. We would take weekly trips to the library and fill our bag with 40+ children’s books. It was through reading all these amazing children’s books that I got an idea to write a book myself.
When you’re not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I have a wonderful husband and four amazing children; I love family time! We enjoy hiking and being outside. My personal hobbies include running, reading, and cooking.