Mebane author Nancy Youngdahl talks about career and inspiration after fourth book release


Mebane author Nancy Youngdahl recently published her fourth children’s book “The Ruth Adventures, Best Friends Forever”. The book is the second in the Ruth Adventures series, with more to come.

To learn more about Youngdahl and his writing career, we sat down for a question and answer session.

How long have you been writing and what kind of stories do you enjoy creating the most?

“I’ve been writing for about 10 years. I started with an autobiography because I wanted to write something my family members could know about our genealogy story. It went really well and I have had a lot of college friends and other friends love the book enough to buy a copy, ”Youngdahl said.

“Then I thought I would like to write children’s books and so far they have all been (pretty much) a part of my life,” she added.

What inspires you when you write?

“What inspires me is trying to write a book that children will enjoy and learn from. Each of my books has a lesson,” said the author.

In his latest book, the lesson is about friendship. Youngdahl also pointed out that one of the main characters is portrayed as a young black girl, although the author said children do not often notice the race.

“I just wanted to point out that it’s great to have a best friend and no one has noticed that there is a color difference,” she said.

Tell me about your latest version.

Youngdahl’s latest book “The Ruth Adventures: Best Friends Forever” follows Ruth as she starts at a new school in town and is nervous about making new friends. She soon meets Sue – based on Youngdahl’s true childhood friend – and they quickly become friends. Along the way, Sue learns a lot about Ruth’s farm life, which was featured in the first book Ruth Adventures.

The book came out last month.

Where can readers buy the book?

All of Youngdahl’s books are available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and local bookstores.

Will you have autographs or public events to promote the book?

When the first Ruth Adventures book was published, COVID-19 was still spreading, so Youngdahl couldn’t host any in-person events to promote or celebrate the release. Now that conditions have improved, the author said she plans to hold book signings and other events in the near future. These events will include a book signing at the Burlington Barnes & Noble for which a date has not yet been set.

Who did the illustrations?

Diane Deloush is the illustrator behind the Ruth Adventures books. Youngdahl chose her from a list of illustrators compiled by the publishing house.

What other titles have you published?

Youngdahl’s other children’s books include “My Nana Was a Free-Range Kid,” “Remembering Joseph Chickadee,” and “The Ruth Adventures: Life on the Farm.

What are you going to work on next?

Youngdahl said there are more Ruth Adventures books to come. The title of his next book has yet to be finalized, but the author has said he will follow Ruth and Sue to summer camp.

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