About Me

Second Grade Sandy D q

Here is a picture of me, Sandy Carlson, in the second grade. Before kindergarten, I told kids I was called Sandy because I ate sand. I was disappointed when I found out that wasn’t true.

I was born in Michigan, lived in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, New York, and am now back in Michigan. I have traveled to all but two of our United States.

As a kid, I hated school and especially reading. I wasn’t very good at it. Besides, I’d much rather tell stories to my friends.

That said, I became a teacher for over twenty years and learned to love to read. I loved books so much I even became an author! My favorite author is C.S. Lewis because he wrote for both kids and adults, and was very smart. Today I’m part of this world-wide writing organization called SCBWI — the Society for Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators. Yay!

I have climbed mountains, swum in oceans, and run down sand dunes. I’ve outrun wildfires, hid in a basement from a tornado, cleaned debris from a hurricane, and outwalked the incoming tide at Fundy Bay, and survived our house getting smashed by 100 year old trees. I’ve ridden horses, been on cattle round-ups, avoided stepping on rattlesnakes, charged by a wild boar, cleaned oil off of turtles from the largest inland oil spill in USA history, and know how to put a worm on a fish hook — although the first time it took me twenty minutes. Poor worm.

Besides teaching 1st, 2nd, and 5th grades, as well as special education (K-8) and literacy (K-3), I have my master’s degree in guidance and counseling. I also substitute taught every age from preschool through eighth grade. I’ve also been a Youth Education Specialist for both a children’s garden and a natural history museum and led writing workshops for middle school and high schoolers. Plus I tutor dyslexic kids.

I love singing, but wasn’t too good on the piano. It was too big to carry around with me, so I taught myself how to play the guitar.

I have one husband, who is my very own hero, and two sons who are all grown up and really cool. We’ve had lots of pets in our houses, but right now the only “pets” I have are our backyard animals – birds, black squirrels, rabbits, deer, raccoon, and lots of bugs.

What I like best is learning new things, and then sharing them.

Michigan Hand 77               (And here’s what I look like today,  showing you where I’m from.)

Contact me at: sandycarl642 at yahoo dot com)

8 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hello Sandy,
    I was doing a web search today on historical fiction set in Michigan and found you. Congrats on your book release. I have been on a similar journey as an author, wanting to write for decades but only being published in
    the last 4 years. I write for Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. Magazine published by Focus on the Family. I have some story ideas for novels though, so I am in learning mode.

    I went back to school to get a teaching degree when my kids were old enough to handle it. (I was a stay-at-home mom before that.) I taught a few years in both public and private school. Now I’m back home full time working on writing and taking care of my oldest grandson after school.

    I’d like to do some research for a book set during the Michigan fire of 1881. My search today is to see if anyone else has written a novel with that backdrop. Do you know? Just thought I’d ask. If you could see my hand, I would point to the thumb as my place of origin. I grew up in Cass City, about an hour from Bay City or about 20 miles from Bad Axe. My grandparents owned a bakery there, and it was in the family for 60 years. (That’s another story idea by the way.) My parents sold the business in the 1990s, and in less than a year a fire took the whole building. It’s sad to visit my hometown and see an empty spot on the main street block where it used to stand.

    Blessings on your book signings. Is your book on Amazon by the way?

    • Hi Evylyn. I can’t believe I missed this. I THOUGHT I remembered answering you back then, but my dashboard said “no, you didn’t.” How is your fire novel going? I know of no novel of the 1881 thumb fires. Are you a member of SCBWI? It’s a great place to learn. Appologies for not responding (although, like I said, I THOUGHT I had). Oh, and yes, my book is on Amazon and Kindle.

  2. What a great resume for writing for children. Your experience with them gave you lots of ideas for what they would like to read. And, I love your photo of you today. I think you have a great attitude and imagination to entertain kids and kids at heart. Nice to meet you..

  3. Hi Sandy. I love your “About Me” page (I could feel your energy.) and your photo from second grade. Welcome to MIU!

    We sent emails to each other about your trip to London. Have you gone yet?

    Susan

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