Connie Goldsmith

Connie Goldsmith writes books about history, health, and science for older children. A recently retired RN with a master’s degree in health, Ms. Goldsmith lives near Sacramento, California.

Interview

What was your favorite book when you were a child?

SO many, but perhaps Heidi and Wind in the Willows.

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Uh oh, too many here. I’ll stick with my favorite adult writers: Alice Hoffman, Jodi Picoult, Daniel Silva, Michael Connelly, and Barbara Kingsolver.

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I didn’t especially want to become a writer. I was busy working in nursing, going to college, and being a single mom. The urge to write sort of crept up on me when I wasn’t looking. I started with writing continuing education courses for nursing, then writing for children’s magazines. Millbrook published my first book in 2001.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Join SCBWI immediately! Form or join a critique group. Enter contests. Read in the genre you want to write—one hundred books before you write your first word! Go to conferences and participate.