Monday, October 22, 2012

On Highlighted Author ~ Natasha Yim, Sacajawea of the Shoshone

Today, over on my Highlighted Author blog, I'm pleased to present Natasha Yim and her book,  Sacajawea of the Shoshone.  Click the Read More link below to enjoy the presentation. *smile*

Natasha is a Northern California children's book author, freelance writer, and playwright. Her first picture book, Otto's Rainy Day, was published by Charlesbridge Publishing, and her picture book biography, Cixi, The Dragon Empress, was released by Goosebottom Books in October 2011. Sacajawea of the Shoshone, the amazing story of the Native American teenager who traveled the west with Lewis and Clark hit the bookshelves in October 2012. She has also published non-fiction articles in the children's magazines, Highlights for Children, Appleseeds, and Faces, and for adults in local and regional publications such as Mendocino Arts, Vibrant Life, and UnchARTed magazines. Her ten-minute plays have been produced and performed in venues around Northern California--Ukiah, Santa Rosa, Guerneville—as well as in Los Angeles, and Sydney and Brisbane, Australia.

Born Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, she grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong. She came to California in 1979 to attend Dominican College (now University) where she graduated with a B.A. in English Literature with a Writing Emphasis and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology. As a Social Worker, she worked primarily with emotionally disadvantaged children in group home and foster home settings, and with Child Protective Services. Since 2000, she has been busy raising three children and working on her writing.  She's on tour with her new release, Sacajawea of the Shoshone, and I'm proud that she has made Highlighted Author part of her world wide web travels.

Welcome, Natasha, when did you decide to be an author?  Do you remember how old you were?  The moment? 

When I was in 7th grade, an English teacher gave us a creative writing assignment in which we had to create an island, illustrate it with made-up lakes, rivers, mountains, towns etc., and write a story about it. It was so much fun, I’ve been hooked on writing stories ever since...

Until next time, may your dreams be magical.


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