My official bio, from when I was #On the Scene in 20 1 9: Rinda was a second-grade teacher who read and told stories, until she met a bat in Germany. She learned to edit, thanks to SCBWI classes and critique partners. Rinda substitutes to stay connected to the kids she wants to write for. She established Beach Girl Press to publish her first book, NEIL ARMSTRONG’S WIND TUNNEL DREAM.
This year I added: Now she has a second one, LAKE FUN FOR YOU AND ME. Visit her blog and book review at www.rindabeach.com And I’m one of the 2020PB Stars
photographed. It’s more natural for me to grit my teeth than smile. but this photo was important. When you open my web site, it’s your introduction to me.
So I googled smiling instructions. My husband took a shot, but we flunked! My web designer asked me to retake them. I roped my daughter into a few shots, and somehow, she got me to relax and smile. It was almost painless for both of us.
A Lake Photo Shoot: Thank goodness my daughter was at the lake. It was perfect timing. She took one look at my hair and knew I was up to something. When I’m at the lake, I put my hair up in a messy bun. It’s easy to do, easy to fix, and it’s not in the picture. This is my new cover shot. We retook it the next day. That’s when I discovered my arms looked like chicken wings in the original. YUCK!
This was another original shot from that first day. I loved my arms and smile, but I couldn’t use it as a cover shot. There’s no book!
But it gave me an idea. I practiced holding the book with my arms looking like human ones. It worked! My daughter got the shot, without the chicken arms.
There’s only one difference that no one will ever know, but us. The originals were taken down at the boat dock. The new cover shot was taken from the deck, but it’s still at the lake.
This is the last shot my daughter took. I wanted one with me reading at the lake. This one’s good, but not great.
Why? I was half-laughing when we took it. That’s good, but I wanted to look up in the shot at you. It’s close, but not quite perfect. I always try for perfection, but this was good enough for one blog post.
I’m sharing it with you because I love to read like this – on my kindle. I pick books and load them onto it. Would you believe that I’m holding 274 books in my hands? Technology is amazing!
This is my first published book. I self-published it last May. Here’s its blurb from Amazon –
Most people know that Neil Alden Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon, but very few know how it all started . . . with a dream to build his own wind tunnel.
Read how Neil’s love of planes took him from the Cleveland air races at age two to the Wright Brothers’ wind tunnel at age sixteen. Discover how Neil made his wind tunnel dream come true.
Read the back matter to find the facts behind this story. Continue on to build your own wind tunnel and conduct your own experiments so you can study the wind, just like Neil did.
I got the idea for this book when I met a small piece of Neil’s original wind tunnel in his museum in Wapak. My proudest moment – A NASA scientist wrote on the back of my book, and on Amazon too, that this was a book for young people. I hope that’s you!
This is my newest book. It came out last month, in May of 2020. Here’s the blurb I posted on Amazon:
This book is part story – part souvenir. Follow Zoe and her family on their lake vacation on the left side of each page. On the right side, there’s room to record your own lake vacation story. When Mom reveals Lake Hunt Fun, the adventures begin. Maddie, Nick, and Zoe explore the lake while they look for answers to Mom’s questions. The more answers they find, the more points they earn towards winning a prize. Zoe is the youngest in the family, but she’s determined to beat her older sister and brother. Read along as she records her answers on the right side. That’s also where you’ll start your own Lake Hunt Fun. There’s room for you to write, room for you to illustrate your own adventures. You can draw and color them in, or paste in family pictures and postcards. You’ll be my co-author and illustrator. Either way you’ll have two stories in one book. Happy reading, writing, and illustrating!
This book came from my lake, Norris. The cover is the view from our dock. Look inside – can you find my house? Lake Fun is full of all the things my family did at the lake, except – have a treasure hunt. Maybe someday I’ll do that with my granddaughter!
My favorite part of the book – you can write and draw your own adventure at a lake. It doesn’t have to be Norris! If you do, please email! I’d love to hear about your lake adventures!
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!