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Conversations with Miranda Mittleman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Miranda Mittleman.

Hi Miranda, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
I’ve always had a passion for poetry but I never imaged that it would lead me to become an award-winning children’s book author! I’m often asked, “Did you always know that you wanted to be an author? Was this your life dream?” People are often shocked when my response is, “No!”

Shortly after my husband and I were married in 2015, we rescued a puppy named Weaver. I was inspired to write poems about Weaver from our walks through downtown Baltimore. I called my series of poems “PAWS and THINK!”, and each one taught a life lesson through Weaver’s eyes. Did I ever believe that I would do anything real with these poems? Absolutely not. Did I laugh in my husband’s face when he read them and told me that I should pursue getting published? Absolutely! After almost two years of much convincing and a few life changes, PAWS and THINK! was finally launched.

I knew that if I was going to be a children’s author, I wanted to use my platform to give back to my community. I created a Charity of the Quarter Program where I donate a portion of the proceeds from each book sold to different non-profits every quarter. I’ve now donated over $10,000 to wonderful organizations that support children and animals. Our current Charity of the Quarter is the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I wouldn’t exactly call them obstacles but I’ve definitely encountered numerous learning experiences and opportunities for growth. After we had our son, Hunter, I found myself struggling with the decision of whether or not to go back to work. I decided to take a leap of faith and look into having my poems published. Although I was uncertain in the beginning, it ended up being one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made.

Part of being a successful author is having a confident and positive mindset. There’s a powerful quote that I often take to heart, “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” –Dita Von Teese. I understand that not every person is going to love my books, not every store owner is going to want to carry my books, and not every media outlet is going to want to share my story. That doesn’t stop me from inspiring as many children as possible with PAWS and THINK!

Another vital part of being a successful author is putting yourself out there and getting in front of people. Whether it is speaking one-on-one with business owners, talking in front of a camera for a television interview, or speaking to hundreds of children at school assemblies, I frequently find myself in the spotlight. If someone told me 15 years ago that this would be part of my job, I would have quickly found another career path. My success today is a combination of a few things: the tools that I’ve gained from my Business Marketing Degree from Towson University, the confidence that I’ve built from many years of practice, and most importantly, the constant support that I’ve received from my husband, Michael, who has always believed that my work should be shared with the world.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Although I love writing and creating books, my job entails so much more than that. I do everything myself- scheduling school visits, securing media coverage, booking signings and events, creating new content for social media, packaging and shipping orders processed through my website, creating resources for teachers to accompany my books, networking with other successful business owners and authors, etc. (I do have to give credit to my patient and diligent husband who keeps our finances in order, lifts all the heavy book boxes, takes pictures at all our book events, and is always encouraging me to think BIG!) Like many jobs in this world, you get out of it what you put into it. And I’m putting everything that I have into this!

One thing that sets me apart from others is that I’m not simply trying to sell a product. I’m using something that I created to inspire children, teach important lessons, promote literacy, and give back to charity. I truly believe that my books are changing lives.

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Marcella Anderson (Pure Focus Wedding and Event Photography)

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