Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1964.
Carmen grew up in Decatur, Georgia, where she still lives today. She has been writing books for children for over two decades and shows no signs of slowing down.
Over the course of her writing career, she has been nominated and won a variety of awards. She is beloved by parents, teachers and children alike.
During our conversation, we discussed a variety of topics. I loved how open, honest and direct she was. Her passion for story and writing shines through from the very first moments and lasted throughout our conversation.
Carmen talks about how there is a book out there written “just for you” and how it will change your life. Her book was Charlotte’s Web. Reflect on a book that has spoken to you. Write about that book and your connection. How did it change your life?
She also mentions that books are like rivers, not ponds. Each time you visit you see something different, but it’s still the same book. Write about the book that you could read over and over again. What about that book draws you back time and time again?
After you listen to this episode of Why I Write, I encourage you to take another few minutes to watch Carmen’s TEDxCharlottesville talk Imagine a World Without Stories.
You can find out about her upcoming appearances, new books and happenings on her website.