In this Podcast Episode
Rob McNealy interviews children’s book author Kathleen T. Pelley about writing and publishing.
Kathleen Pelley’s Bio
Kathleen Pelley was born in Glasgow, Scotland, where her Irish father delighted her with his tales of fairies, leprechauns, and banshees. Her passion for stories stemmed from listening to them: crouched in front of the radio for the BBC children’s hour, or huddled before a turf fire in Ireland. Before she could write words, or read them, she knew that they were magic, because of the music they made.
After learning to read, Pelley devoured all the fairy tales she could find. Her favorite school subjects were English and History and Drama, and at Edinburgh University, she studied History. She went on to work as an elementary teacher, where she loved teaching language, history and drama, in addition to providing plenty of time for reading stories aloud.
In 1990, Pelley moved to the United States with her husband, an American, and her two daughters, one born in Scotland, the other in England. After this long journey she found herself extremely homesick, and writing helped to soothe the hurt. Soon she was sending off her stories to publishers.
After many, many, years, and many, many rejections, Kathleen finally began to experience a few small successes, and in October 2003, her first children’s picture book, The Giant King was published by Child and Family Press. Another picture book, Inventor McGregor followed in 2006.