MagicBeans interviews Pamela Traynor; Teacher, Author and Book of the Month Winner!

Congratulations on being our Book of the Month winner! Your book "Fiasco at the Fair" was so fun to read, we can't wait to know more about you...

Tell us a bit about yourself and your background?

I was born and raised in upstate New York—the second youngest out of 5 children. My mother taught me to be patient and kind. My father instilled in me a strong work ethic. My brothers and sisters taught me humor, humility and how to stay out of trouble (most of the time). When I was 6 years old, we moved to a small town. It was there I graduated high school and got my first job as a cashier at a grocery store. After I became an aunt, I decided to pursue a career in teaching. While I have taught first and fourth grade, there is a special place in my heart for second grade. After 30 years, it is still a joy and blessing to spend each day with my students.

What made you want to become an author? Was it always something you wanted to do? Since I was young I always enjoyed writing, especially poems, but I never considered it for a career. In my 4th year of teaching, I wrote a rhyming story about a boy hiking through Australia. In his travels he meets many unique animals. A reading teacher at my school suggested I send it out for publication. I did and B-I-N-G-O, it was published! I was bit by the “writing bug.”

Is Fiasco at the Fair, your first children’s book?

I have written many picture books, but Fiasco at the Fair is my first attempt at writing a chapter book.