A busy mom, Leslie A. Susskind has worked in advertising and marketing for years and is now writing children's books. She gets inspiration from her husband Bill and their two daughters. The family lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has just finished the second book in The Zephram Tales, "The Tale of Time Warp Tuesday," and is hard at work on the third book in the series. She also just published the first book in her new Abercrombie Family Business series, "So you think you babysit monsters?" In addition to her novels, she has also written several manners themed books, including "The Kids' (and Parents', too!) Book of Good Sportsmanship," and "It's time for good manners!"
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That's a tough one. We get up early at our house because the school bus comes at the crack of dawn. And I do mean crack! And then it's off to work. Sometimes it's knowing that I'll eventually get to write at the end of the day that gets me moving. And I always look forward to reading anytime that I have free time and especially before I go to bed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to sing and I love to read. And I love movies, especially previews. I absolutely love previews! I think that would be a dream job, selecting the scenes and scoring the music.
In the 2nd Zephram Tale, Tom, Lizzie, Ned and Nell, the Royal Quadruplets and non-magical Heroes of the magical Kingdom of Zephram, have settled back into the same old boring routine after saving the world from evil Prince Persius.
Suddenly they realize why everything's the same: they're stuck on Tuesday and they're the only ones know. Can they get the days moving again? And how can they do it?
Part story book, part practice book, all parts fun! Children learn good manners -- and how to tell time -- with this colorful activity book.
They'll spend the day with Torie, Tad, Tessa and Tyler and see how it's time for good manners all day long. And then they'll get the chance to practice telling time -- all while enjoying the cute clock designs, and without realizing they're learning.
Do you have little athletes in your family? Then this colorful book is a great way to help them understand what it means - and how important it is - to be a Good Sport.
They'll learn easy sports manners as they read about familiar situations featuring kids just like them.
Parents, you'll find handy reminders for you, too - so the whole family can learn to be Good Sports together.