Nancy McConnell

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Antioch Parks Pre-School Teacher & Local Author

 Antioch Parks Department

 Lead Camp Crayon pre-school teacher, 4-year-old class

 Hometown: Trevor, WI


How long have you been at the Antioch Parks Department
7 years

Favorite Part of being a preschool teacher for Antioch Parks?
One of the best things about being a preschool teacher is that we laugh every day. You just never know what the children will say or do. You need to be on your toes. It’s never boring. 

Favorite thing to do in Antioch?
So many great things to do in Antioch, love having a latte at the Latte Café or a sandwich at Little Bean. 

How many books have you written?
I have written several short stories that have been published online and in print, as well as educational materials for companies that provide remedial reading materials for reading enhancement. My first story One, Two, Three Strikes You’re Out appeared in Primary Treasure’s Magazine, then a story I wrote called The Sleep Sheep won a contest and was published in an anthology called A World of Stories. Into the Lion’s Mouth is my debut novel. 

What got you writing books?
I loved books from the time I was a young child and I always dreamed of writing a book. The books I read as a middle grader myself had the most impact on my life, so when I started writing a novel, I knew that was the age range I wanted to write for. I joined writer’s groups and took classes and read writing books to learn everything I could about the craft. 

What is your latest book?
My debut novel is called Into the Lion’s Mouth. It’s an adventure story set in 15th century Venice. It’s about a boy named Nico who accidentally uncovers a plot to overthrow the city. He must use his wit, charm, and street smarts to save the city. There’s lots of action, adventure, and a bit of history. 

What is your inspiration?
I was lucky enough to go to Venice on a trip with my family a few years ago. While we were there, I was so inspired by the history and mystery of the city that I fell in love. I came home and read anything I could about it and the inspiration for the story came from finding out about the unique and exciting history of the city. 

Who is your target audience?
The book is aimed at an upper middle-grade audience, but adults have enjoyed it as well. 

What’s next?
I have a graphic novel that I wrote that is currently looking for a publisher. My daughter, Rebecca, is an artist and she’s done the art for it. It’s about two sisters who build a real rocket ship. It’s different from Into the Lion’s Mouth.

How can people find your books? I am a big fan of supporting your local bookstore, so that’s a great place to start. If it’s not on their shelf, they can order it. Otherwise, you can order it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Bookshop.com.