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Kids to the Rescue!
by Maribeth and Darwin Boelts
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Maribeth Boelts Launched Writing Career Three Months into Sabbatical from Teaching

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Maribeth Boelts Launched Writing Career Three Months into Sabbatical from Teaching

Almost no one starts her career as a book author and Maribeth Boelts is no exception. She's always been interested in writing, but she graduated from college with a degree in education and immediately started teaching preschool and music in a parochial elementary school. In 1990, with two small children, she decided to give herself a year's sabbatical from the classroom to launch a writing career.

"I wrote like a crazy woman," she recalls, "sending stacks of manuscripts out—and receiving stacks of manuscripts right back, each one with a rejection slip!"

Luckily for thousands of children, not every manuscript was rejected. Just three months into her "year off," a small publisher offered Boelts a contract. A few more months later, after several submissions to Parenting Press, Elizabeth Crary hired Boelts to create a new children's first aid book.

"It was a great fit for me," she says. "I took the EMT certification course at my local community college and worked on Kids to the Rescue with my husband, who was completing paramedic training for his new job with the fire department."

Today Boelts has two dozen books to her credit, she's still passionate about writing, she still devotes as much as 20 hours a week to developing new characters and book concepts, she still submits manuscripts—and yes, she still does receive rejection slips. It's part of a writer's life.

What's also part of a writer's life are the personal appearances that promote books and keep authors like Boelts in touch with their audiences. Recently, while discussing her "Little Bunny" series for another publisher, she explained to a kindergarten class that each book in the series was inspired by her own three children's struggles with such issues as bedwetting, sharing and the arrival of a new baby. During the question-and-answer period one very perplexed little boy seriously inquired, "Are all your kids rabbits?"

They aren't, Boelts assured him (choking back her laughter), but as she reminds her slightly older audiences, the Boelt kids are active—and they've had plenty of opportunity to practice the first aid techniques Mom and Dad write about.

"For a while we were on a first-name basis with the local 'Ask-A-Nurse' telephone helpline, so Darwin and I became convinced that we had a responsibility to make sure our children—and others—could be prepared for many typical emergency situations."


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