Interview with Suzanne Tate

11 days. . .

The 2nd Annual

Pamlico Writers Conference & Competition

The Art & Craft of Writing


 The Labor After the Inspiration

Washington Civic Center
100 Gladden Street, Washington, North Carolina
March 8, 2014
9am until 6pm

Only 11 more days. Can you believe it? We began telling you about our 2014 Pamlico Writers Conference & Competition on November 1, of last year and here it is the end of February.

Have you already registered? Or, has it slipped your mind? With the host of other writers you’ll meet, each sharing successes, stumbles and journeys on the road called writing, you’ll be glad you attended. Don’t let this opportunity slip away, sign-up today.

If you’ve been following our blog you’ve read interviews with presenters and hopefully something they’ve shared has piqued your interest. The wealth of talent we’ve gathered this year, you won’t want to miss.  When the conference is over, your writers tool chest will hopefully, have several new tools for you to work with.

So hurry and register. Come out and join us for what promises to be a wonderful day of learning and sharing. We look forward to seeing you there. Visit our website for conference information & registration, presenters, workshops, panels or lodging links:

Kay Wilson


Suzanne Tate, writer of oral histories of the North Carolina Outer Banks, is best known for her children’s stories. Based on nature, particularly nature found on the sand and in the sea, her stories have been used in schools to enlighten as well as delight young readers.

Interviewer:  Is there a singular event that lead you to become a writer?

Suzanne:        I was inspired to write children’s books when I became a grandmother. Writing children’s books continues to be my “passion.”

Interviewer:  If you also teach, does your writing interface with your teaching?

Suzanne       I taught fifth grade for a few years and was interested in children learning to read. That led me to write early readers that would help children.

Interviewer:  Your writing is unique because it not only helps children learn to read and learn to love reading, it also teaches them a lesson in science. Is your writing conceived through personal experience?

Suzanne       Some of my writing comes from personal experiences.

Interviewer:  Do you consider commercial value when choosing subjects and characters for your stories or poems?

Suzanne       I consider how the books can be marketed and what the public might be most interested in reading.

Interviewer:  What is your favorite of all your works? Why?

Suzanne       My favorite is “Salty Seagull” because it is about respect of elders.

Interviewer:  If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently?

Suzanne       I can’t think of anything that I would have done differently.

Interviewer:  What or who has been the greatest influence in your writing?

Suzanne       Both my mother and father have influenced me in my writing. My mother was an English teacher and enjoyed creative writing. My father gave me a typewriter when I graduated from college and told me that I should “write for pay.” He wrote beautiful, well-written letters to my mother when he was stationed in Paris during WW I.

Interviewer:  That’s interesting. My mother’s letters to me always spoke of fine writing skill. My love of reading and writing came from her. Is there a particular humorous or touching story in your experience as a writer you can share with our readers?

Suzanne       I have a children’s book entitled “Ellie & Ollie Eel” that tells of the fantastic voyage that eels take. I was told that a man stood on the back of a charter boat telling everyone the story of eels. Someone said to him: “You read ‘Ellie & Ollie Eel,’ didn’t you?” The man admitted that he had learned from my book.

Interviewer:  It has been my experience that tolerance and respect for people or things foreign to us is gained through knowledge. I’ve always thought of eels as creepy. I need to get your book.

Doris Schneider


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