Interview with children’s author Kristy Taylor

Today’s guest is children’s author Kristy Taylor. She’s here to chat about her book Mrs. Garcia’s Class Visits the Hospital.

Bio:
Kristy K. Taylor is a
fulltime Health Science Professor, author, and founder of Kid Medic, LLC. She has over seven years of teaching experience in the field of health science
education, and she spent two years as an elementary school teacher in Brackettville,
Texas. Prior to becoming an elementary school teacher and accepting her
current position at Palm Beach State College in Florida, she spent six years on
active duty in the United States Air Force as a Healthcare Administrator and
teacher for the Community College of the Air Force.



Kristy holds an
associate’s degree in Healthcare Management, a bachelor’s degree in Management
and Human Resources, and a master’s degree in Health Science with a focus in
Health Education. Kristy is also currently pursuing her doctorate in
Health Science with a focus in Global Health at A.T. Still University located in Mesa, AZ.  


In the past, Kristy has worked with
students by providing them with career exploration tools and resume help. She is also currently working on her Career Coaching Certification through the
Professional Association of Career Coaches and Resume Writers. Kristy
enjoys teaching and working with students to help them achieve their
goals.



She started Kid Medic because she believes that children can reach
their potential only when they are properly taught, nurtured, and engaged in a
manner that inspires them to expand their horizons through reading, thinking,
exploring, and discovering the world around them.


Welcome to Reviews and Interviews, Kristy. Please tell us about your current release.
Mrs. Garcia’s Class Visits the Hospital is the
first book written by author and former elementary teacher, Kristy Taylor. The
book is an exciting career day adventure with a diverse group of characters
where the students in Mrs. Garcia’s class visit the local hospital for their
class field trip. While touring the hospital with Mrs. Garcia and Dr. Johnson
as their guides, the students learn about over twenty different healthcare
careers, and they have lots of fun along the way!



What inspired you to write this book?

I have always been interested
in teaching and career exploration in general. One day while having a
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” discussion with my group
of 4th graders, I was inspired to write a story that would encourage them.
After our discussion, it only took me a few days to write my first story. As a
result, when I decided to publish the book, I used the students and town as my
inspiration! I was so inspired, I decided to keep writing and start Kid Medic
as well.

Excerpt:
Eric
introduced us to Michelle, the phlebotomist.  “What is a phlebotomist?”
asked Haley.  “A phlebotomist is a person who specializes in drawing a
patient’s blood for testing,” said Michelle.  Suddenly, Nathaniel got an
interesting look on his face and raised his hand.  “Yessss,” said
Michelle.  “Is your job sort of like being a vampire?”  Nathaniel
asked.  The entire class laughed and turned to look at Michelle. 
“No,” she chuckled.

I learned
about all of the different areas that doctors could specialize in, for example,
Dr Herrera was a podiatrist, and he specialized in treating patients with feet
problems.  Dr. Osborn was a neurologists; she specialized in helping
patients with nervous system disorders.  We also met Dr. Chadwick, the
hospital’s pharmacist; she helped patients get the medicine that they needed in
order to help them feel better.”



What exciting story are you working on next?
I am working on a career motivation book for
adults as well as a children’s book about veterinarian careers.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I initially only wrote my book for my
students, but once I realized how the book could actually be used to inspire
people, the light bulb turned on!
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I want to write
everything from children’s books to adult career motivation books. 
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A cheerleader, dinosaur, and President, but
since none of those worked out, I opted for teaching instead.
Anything additional you want to share with the readers? 
Be sure to
continue following the tour!


Kristy is giving away a free activity guide to everyone who purchases the book during this tour. And there is also a giveaway of a Swag Pack (Kid Medic t-shirt, coffee mug, pen, and stickers) to a lucky commentor. So feel free to comment and leave your e-mail address if you’d like a chance to win! You can also follow her tour and comment at other stops to increase your chances of winning.



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