Flora Sulit struggled with English when she immigrated to the U.S. as a ninth-grader, and now she’s finishing her fifth children’s novel in English. That’s what can happen when you follow your passion. Her father has a degree in biology, so she was encouraged to study biology at UC Davis and completed a degree in genetics, which she found fascinating. Post-college, though, she realized she didn’t want to spend the rest of her life in a lab. Instead, she was really inspired by history, by travel, and by cultural exchange. Thus, she took her inspiration to Germany and Japan and worked as a teacher and cultural representative.
Fast-forward to her life as the parent of an advanced reader. In second grade, her son had already read all the Harry Potter books and she had difficulty finding him books that were age-appropriate but advanced in reading level. To solve the problem, she’s creating the books herself. “My son also is really into Minecraft, so one Halloween we made a full-size creeper, which is one of the monsters in the game. It was four feet tall. And it was just sitting out on the porch way past Halloween,” she laughs. One day she joked about how she could write a story about that creeper. And thus The Kreepton Chronicles, written under Flora’s pen name, Renee Libra, were born. One book became a four-book series in which Flora has done everything for: the writing, cover design, the illustrations, and the paperwork associated with the copyrights.
Over the years she has followed her other passion—teaching—by going into her son’s classroom as a guest teacher on occasion. “I just find it really enjoyable to go in there and entertain the kids,” she says, and to give them a break from their usual lessons, whether she is talking to them about genetics or about creative writing. “I usually do an activity. In one of the classes that I did with the fifth-graders, the activity was a writing exercise. I asked them to finish a sentence: ‘The alien knocked on my door last night, and…’ The stuff they came up with was very creative!”
She hopes her presentations excite kids about reading and writing. Just being able to express her creativity is what gets her up in the morning. “I really enjoy telling stories. That alone is really a big motivation. It’s fun.”
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Connect with Flora Sulit at ReneeLibraBooks.com, where you can find a link to the Kreepton Chronicles on Amazon. She’s also on Facebook and on Instagram @Renee.Libra and on LinkedIn under her given name, Flora Sulit. You can also learn more about her at https://bossupbestseller.com/FloraSulit, where you can find a link to Women Who Boss Up Post-Pandemic. And don’t miss all the dynamic and supportive women from the Women Who Boss Up book series who are scheduled to speak at the upcoming Women Who Boss Up Summit! Details and registration are at www.womenbossupsummit.com
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