Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
Sonja & Esin, both are Swedish and Turkish mother and daughter. Artists, art educators and authors. Sonja has 58 years of expertise on the subject and Esin has 20. At this stage of their journey, they published an e-book on Amazon and iBooks on art education of kids from 2 to 7 years of age (“Free Art Learning With Kids”) They aim to reach parents, close relatives and teachers of kids for introducing a different, innovative way of art education (www.freeartlearning.com)
Esin: What inspired me writing; don’t remember well because I was 5 years old then, just learned writing and since then, could not stop writing.
Sonja: I was 15 at school and had a lovely literature teacher. After decades I learned that director of the school had wanted to suggest me literature but my mother had not liked the idea and did not tell this to me. I really don’t know what my mother intended to “save” me from but in the end I am an artist, art teacher and an author now
Tell us about your books.
Sonja has written three books. One is “Art Pedagogical Seminar Cultural Bridges Between Nations” Swedish Institute, 2003, second is “Traces of Living” retrespective art works and poems, and together with Esin Tanrisever, she wrote “Free Art Learning With Kids” art education book aiming to reach parents, teachers and teacher candidates.
Esin has written memoirs as a volunteer rescuer in “AKUT” Search and Rescue Association that works in Disasters and also wilderness but not published yet. She also has written tens of short stories, not published yet but thinking to start collecting and publishing them in a book either in Turkish or English, couldn’t decide yet. She also is the co-writer of the book “Free Art Learning With Kids”
“Free Art Learning With Kids” is an introductory book upon art education of kids and aims to reach parents, teachers and teacher candidates.
How did you go about getting published?
Free Art Learning With Kids, we wnt through self publishing route
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
No, we can write at any free time, any place comfortable, no limits or no special description
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
Had pets and but the last one (it was a dog) died because of age. Hobbies, drawing, dealing with own art projects, working with kids in their art projects, travelling, cooking
Any advice for authors about book covers?
We just chose to leave it to a professional right on the subject
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Don’t feel strong about marketing, so would prefer to be silent upon that
What’s your favorite book?
Esin: Gabriel Garcia Marquez 100 Years of Solitude Sonja: Rainer Maria Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
What are you reading now?
Esin: George Orwell, 1984, reading it again after all these years. Sonja: Inner Simplicity, Elaine St James
What’s your next book project?
What’s next for us;
We want to write a big serie, which will make up a a library on art education with kids; especially on different techniques of art.
Esin: “In the meanwhile, I may publish either own rescue experiences from earthquakes as a volunteer rescuer, or collect the short stories I had written long ago, and let them make up a book”
Sonja: “So I may also publish a cook book, why not! In fact I mostly would like to publish a psychological novel; my experiences on ‘inner mirrors’. Another idea is collecting my notes on own artistic production”
Author Websites and Profiles
Sonja and Esin Tanrisever Amazon Profile
Sonja and Esin Tanrisever Author Profile Other Bookseller