Who is Samantha Clark?
Hi, so you want to know how I came to help Sir Newton write and draw children’s travel books.
I’ve been a writer since I was a kid, creating short stories, plays that I would act out with puppets and even a newspaper for the street we lived on, Leyton Way Times. And I read everything I could get my hands on. My favorites were the Winnie the Pooh books and C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series.
We lived in England then, but we moved to Jamaica when I was 10, then the Cayman Islands two years later.
When I was in high school in the Cayman Islands, I continued my love for writing and added acting, playing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, among other roles.
Before I went to college in Tampa, Florida, I worked at the Caymanian Compass newspaper in the Cayman Islands for a year. So, when I continued my education, it seemed natural to stay on that path.
I earned two bachelors degrees at University of South Florida, one in Mass Communications and one in theater arts, to also continue my love of writing and acting stories.
After I graduated, I my career took me along the path of editing as well as writing, and I worked as the managing editor of many consumer and trade magazines. But I always yearned to write words that came from my heart.
One Christmas, when my husband and I were visiting my parents in the Cayman Islands, I had an idea. I was sitting in my friend's car looking at the various coloring and activity books she had for her three children, and I thought about how wonderful it would be if the children of the Cayman Islands had a coloring and activity book that taught them about their wonderful home. When I was a child growing up in the Cayman Islands, there were no books to teach us about the history, wildlife and flowers unique to the Cayman Islands.
When we got home, I forgot all about the idea. But some months later, the idea of an educational coloring and activity book flooded my mind. It was all I could think about. It was as though God was saying, "I gave you an idea. Why aren't you doing anything about it?" That evening, I asked our dog, Sir Newton, if he would like to help, and he wagged his tail enthusiastically.
We learn so much from creating these books, and we hope you learn from them too.
One of the most exciting aspects of the books for us is that we give 10% of the sale of each book to a children's charity local to the book. Our first book, Sir Newton's Colour Me Cayman, donates money to the children's programmes of the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman. Our second book, Sir Newton's Color Me Hawai'i, donates money to the children's programmes of Rotary International District 5000---Hawai'i. This is another way that we can help children. Click here to order our books.
I am also writing an adventure novel for children and have written many short stories for young children.
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