Jeya Carmichael

Member Since: 12/2023

Tell us a little bit about yourself, your hobbies and interests.

I love reading, writing, and quilting. I love to read post-apocalyptic books, I write middle-grade and young children's educational books. Quilting is very therapeutic after a long day of teaching..

When and why did you start writing books?

I began writing and telling stories as a young child. Evening at home, all the kids will take turns telling stories. I also loved reading Enid Blyton's books, which opened the door to adventure.

What made you decide to tackle writing as a career?

This has always been a dream and after I retired I aspired to be an author to help children keep up with their vocabulary.

Which one of your books or characters is your favourite?

I love Lizzy, the boho girl in my story, The Ruby Warriors Saving Arth. She is so carefree, friendly, confident, and her own person.

Which one of your books was the hardest to write and stretched you the most as a writer?

The second book of the Ruby Warriors Freeing Space from Marauders. It was challenging coming up with obstacles.

Who is your favourite author and book?

"A Wrinkle in Time" - Madeleine L' Engle. I love fantasy - time and space, and I hope to be like her someday.

What book are you reading right now?

Right now I am reading "The Earth Magic Rises Trilogy, by AL Knorr.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

I get my ideas from my travels, movies, and other books, from discussing ideas with friends and family.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love making quilted blankets for my great-grandchildren.

Do you have any new books in the works?

Yes, I do. The next book is Ruby Warriors Going to Space and is a closed series. I'll also be publishing a 9-12+ book called Kumar Outsmarts The Witch. A picture book that is coming soon is Fur Babies Playing.