September 9, 2011
Interview with Cathy Mazur, Author of Stanley Seagull
by Cheryl Malandrinos
Joining us today is Cathy Mazur, author of Stanley Seagull. This is a children’s book geared toward ages 4-8. I had a chance to provide an endorsement for this book. I’m especially thrilled to have Cathy with us today.
Thank you for joining us, Cathy. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?
I was born in Scranton, PA. I received a bachelor’s degree in Library Science from Mansfield State College in 1975 and a Reading Specialist Certificate from the University of Scranton in 1978. I was employed as an elementary school librarian for the Mid Valley School District from 1975 until my retirement in 2010. I served on the Board of Directors for the Valley Community Library in Peckville, Pa. for over 20 years acting as president for one year and board secretary for 19 years. I presently serve on the library’s Developmental Committee chairing various fundraising events. I live in Dickson City, Pennsylvania with my husband Frank. We are the parents of two children, Gary, 27 and Gia, 19.
When did you first get bit by the writing bug?
Working as an elementary school librarian.
Why did you decide to write stories for children?
I have worked with children all my life and when I would read to them I was amazed at the impact the printed word had on them.
Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?
No, because I believe that younger audiences are vastly more receptive to literature and the written word.
What is your favorite part of writing for young people?
Having spent most of my life working with young children and seeing the joy and excitement they received from having a story read to them.
Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?
A seagull that gets trapped in a refuse truck that is headed for a landfill and his adventures in finding his way back home to the beach.
What inspired you to write it?
While sitting in my elementary school library I would observe large numbers of seagulls gathering on our football field. Our school is located very close to a landfill hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, and I often wondered how the gulls could adapt to such a foreign environment.
Where can readers purchase a copy?
On line at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Tribute Books.
Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?
Yes. My website can be found at www.StanleySeagull.com. The book also has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stanley-Seagull/162532737150587?sk=wall
What is up next for you?
Promoting this book and a few ideas for new books.
Thank you for spending time with us today, Cathy. We wish you much success.