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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: www.pamlicowritersconference.org

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


About Pamlico Writers Group

This is a publication of the Pamlico Writers Group, created to help promote and advance writers skills along with expanding our groups membership and reach. Our aim on this site is to keep you our readers and participants aware of upcoming events. Topics covered during the year will be news regarding our annual Pamlico Writers Conference and Competition, co-sponsored with Arts of the Pamlico, discussion of and from our conferences, participants and group news. PWG's Steering Committee has finalized details for our 5th Annual Pamlico Writers Conference on March 17 & 18th, 2017 at The Turnage Theatre, 150 W. Main St., Washington, NC. This year's theme is "Words," Image and Story". Our Friday night keynote speaker this year will be Author, Teacher, Speaker, and Director of Lavenson Studios, Zelda Lockhart. For more information on Ms. Lockhart visit her website at: http://www.zeldalockhart.com/. For a complete schedule of Friday night and Saturday events, go to our website at: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/. Be sure to check back often for more details of this and other events we have planned. The companion juried writing competition submissions opened on January 1, 2017. Winners are announced and an awards ceremony will be held during our Friday night Kick-Off Event. If you'd like more information on guidelines for entries, please go to our website: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/ All registrations for both conference and/or entry into the competition will be made through our web site: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/. Again, see site for complete details. Thank you for visiting! We hope to see you again soon. **If you are a writer interested in finding a critique group or other writers, we encourage you to come and join us. If you life at a distance please don't let that diswade you, we have several members who participate predominately on-line. Our meetings are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 pm here in Washington, NC at the Turnage Theatre. We would love to hear from you regarding comments or ideas you have for the group. This blog is authored by members of our writer's group. Thank you for stopping by. See you soon, Kaylene Wilson Program Coordinator


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