Today we’d like to introduce you to Kady Oliker Eshleman.
Kady, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer. When I was six, I wrote my first short story “Squeakers and the Magic Punch-bug.” I was hooked. I was constantly writing stories in class and eavesdropping on people’s conversations, trying to find my next main character.
I studied creative writing in college, and went on to get my Master’s degree in English literature; pretty much anything book related is what I’m all about (I even have a semi colon tattoo on my ankle). It’s a reminder to myself that I can pause and take my life in a new direction anytime I choose.
I stumbled into education after college and really fell in love with it, but the call of writing was always too strong. After some serious encouragement from my family, and the reminder of my semi colon, I left education after six years and started Kippi the Conqueror.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I wouldn’t say it’s been a rough road. I’ve had a lot of luck so far, especially having only launched the book this past October. I will say there has been a lot of self-doubt and tears that my husband handles admirably.
Please tell us about Kippi the Conqueror.
Kippi the Conqueror was born out of my experiences with fear. I had a really hard time after losing my grandfather, and thought to myself if I’m having trouble coping as a grown woman, how would a little kid handle this? Thus Beyond the Clouds, the first book in the series was born. It’s a sweet and whimsical story about a little girl named Kippi, who loses her grandfather. When a ladder tumbles out of a cloud, Kippi is sent on an adventure into the clouds to discover magic cookie jars, portholes to Earth, and the love of her grandfather that still exists even though he’s now gone.
What sets this book apart from others is that it takes a very difficult subject and presents it in a warm and lighthearted way. Many books on death center around feelings, but some kids aren’t ready to deal with those heavy emotions yet. This book gives kids something concrete and tender to hold onto until they’re at a point where they can understand the complexities of death.
I’m most proud of the fact that Kippi is actually out in print, and that a second book will be out in May! We will be conquering monsters under the bed, with a new twist.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck has played a significant role in creating Kippi. I was looking to buy a domain name, but someone else already owned it. My husband figured out who owned it and I cold called him. Instead of selling me the name, Mike Bundlie offered to meet up with me and was instrumental in helping me get Kippi off the ground. He taught me how to use many of the design programs and pointed me in the right direction for an artist. Sean Hicks, my illustrator, truly made Kippi come to life, in the way I always imagined.
I wouldn’t necessarily call this luck, but my family has been instrumental in getting me to where I am today. My husband was the one that encouraged me to take the leap into publishing, and my parents always say “just show up,” which I’ve definitely taken to heart with this business. You never know who you’re going to meet when you step out of your comfort zone and just show up.
- Paperback books are 14.99
- Hardcover books are 17.99
- Ebooks are 2.99
- Website: www.kippitheconqueror.com
- Email: Kady@kippitheconqueror.com
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