Q and A

Do you have any brothers and sisters?

I have three brothers, all younger than me. I'm

the good looking one in the picture here.

What school did you attend?

Actually I went to several different elementary

schools because we moved a lot when I was

young. I attended Bon View School, Longwood

School, Euclid School. Howard School, Mountain

View School, Castro Valley Elementary School,

and Tyrrell Junior High School.  I graduated from

Ontario High school. All of these were in California.

What was your favorite and least favorite school

subjects?

My number one favorite subject was always art. I enjoyed reading,

writing, and studying history. My least favorite was math.

What kind of student were you?

I was always an excellent student because I love school and learning.

What was your favorite book when you were a child?

That's a tough one. I always liked to read. We had =to write book reports

each week in my 5th and 6th grade classes so I always read biographies.

But the fantasy book that stands out the most was The Lion, the Witch,

and the Wardrobe. Again, because it was creative. I also remember

reading Island of the Blue Dolphins in 4th grade during our study of

California history.

What were you like when you were growing up?

It depends on where I was. At home, I was sure of myself (and probably

cocky). At school, however, I was more quiet and reserved because I

didn't want to get into trouble.

                                                                   Did you always want to be a writer?

                                                                   I always enjoyed writing, but I want to                                                                           be a artist. I studied design and visual                                                                           communications at Chaffey College                                                                               and fine and studio arts at California                                                                             State University at Fullerton. I wanted                                                                           to be a cartoonist with my own comic                                                                           strip that appeared in newspapers                                                                                 everyday.

                                                                   So how did you go into teaching?

                                                                   I got my teaching credential with my college degree so I could have a job while I worked on my comic strip. My first job was teaching art to elementary kids, grade 4, 5, and 6.

But I found I really enjoyed teaching and got my own class. During this time, I also got a master's degree in education from Azusa Pacific University and later got my doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne.

What other jobs did you have?

While in college a worked as a freelance artist and even modeled in drawing classes.

I also served as a public school administrator as a principal, a director, and even as an assistant superintendent. In addition, I taught at the college level.

What did you like best when you were a teacher?

The best times were when  I worked with the kids. The little ones were quite entertaining. The best description of kindergartners and first graders is: "They talk too much, they can't sit still; they can't keep their hands off each other; they will tell on each other in a heart beat; AND they hug you."

I've written a children's book. How do I get it published?

I would recommend a few books to help you here:

1. The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published

     by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry

2. Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market

     edited by Chuck Sambuchino

3. The Everything guide to Writing children's Books

     by Lesley Bolton.

You can get these books through any on-line retailer

With my brothers in 1970.

We're the 4 Kuengs.