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Judy Martialay is the talented author of Hola - Let's Learn Spanish. Today I share my exclusive author interview with Judy. Martialay shares how she began her writing journey and her goals for the future- enjoy!
Tell us a little about yourself...
I am a retired teacher of world (foreign) languages. I live with my husband on the North Shore of Long Island. He’s from Spain. We have two grown daughters, son-in-law, and one little granddaughter.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I didn’t expect to be a writer! I have spent many years promoting foreign language learning in NY State and the country, with little progress to show. So many children in our country and in the other English-speaking countries don’t have the opportunity to learn another language and receive its benefits from an early age on. I decided to write 5 books, one for each language: Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese and Arabic to give kids an early and fun start learning a language.
Can you share your journey to becoming a published author?
I wrote and rewrote the books over a period of about 15 years. I consulted with expert teachers who advised me to make changes. The books expanded to include more parts, such as a song and a craft. During this time, publishing evolved to give access to so many gifted authors through self-publishing. I realized that I could write, illustrate and publish the books myself.
What do you find to be the biggest challenge, as an author?
I had to learn Indesign and illustration with photoshop painting. I bought the books and went through the lessons.
What do you find most rewarding, as an author?
When someone says that they loved the book; especially when I hear that a child had a good time learning the language with the book.
Share with us a daily habit of yours, that helps you reach your goals.
(I don’t have a consistent habit)
What is one piece of advice you would share with an aspiring author?
Before or after you publish, join a Goodreads group of authors. They give great advice and tips, and are very supportive.
Finish these sentences:
I am most grateful for...having a long, happy retirement.
If I could give my 18 year-old self one piece of advice it would be...have more courage and self-confidence.
My favorite thing about being a writer is...creating the stories and activities, and illustrating them.
My least favorite thing about being a writer is...marketing!
My goals for the future are...I am already an advanced senior, I hope to have the time to publish the book for Italian, for my books to be more widely appreciated, and to get my message out.
I love living a creative life because...I get to be proud of my accomplishments.
The last book I read was...Patria, en español about terrorism in the Basque country,
My favorite book, ever, is...(no favorite)
Outside of writing, my favorite hobby is... oil painting and guitar (I’m in a guitar jam).
The most important thing to do if you want to achieve your goals is...have courage and be persistent.
A few more questions...
Tell us about your books (genre, where we can find them, etc.)
¡Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish and Bonjour! Let’s Learn French give kids roughly 6-10 a fun introduction learning the language. They are great for parents too. The complete audio versions are free and downloadable at the website http://www.polyglotkidz.com, along with lots of resources. Both books are sold in print and kindle versions on Amazon and B&N, and at the Bookbaby website.
The genre is children’s non-fiction.
Where can readers find you (i.e. website, social media, etc.)?
Twitter:Judy Martialay@ judyruth10
Anything else you'd like to add...
Yes! If there is a child in your life, please give that child the gift of another language. Consider using one of my books as a start. Go to your local school and ask them to start a foreign language program for kids.
There are so many benefits to being bilingual. Please visit my website page, “Benefits of Language Learning”, read and download all the info about this.
Language learning is undervalued in our country. In the U.S., only 25% of elementary schools, public or private offer any form of language learning. A huge number of American students never study a language.
We English speakers often assume that the whole world speaks English. This is not true. 75% of the world neither speaks nor understands English
People really appreciate when we make the effort to learn their language. This makes for good relations, social and business.
Learn or review a language yourself! Above all, have fun with it.
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