Renee Adams is the author of books for young readers, including Cosmic Kate the First Mission, Kids Party 411, and the Two Facts and a Fib book series.
Renee wears many hats. You may have heard her on SiriusXM Radio Margaritaville or watched her host a college Game Show. Renee has been a writer/show director for the Disney Cruise Line, Carnival, and Royal Caribbean. She still performs full-time all over the country and does work for the Walt Disney World Company. Her amazing zest for life and bountiful creativity have sent her on a journey that has rightfully brought her into the world of children’s books.
Renee has taken her performance ability from the stage to the classroom, where she now acts as a motivational speaker to students discussing writing, collaboration, and the ability to change the meaning of a sentence by only changing one word.
Renee’s inspiration for writing interactive books came from her son Hudson who has Aspergers Syndrome and a learning disability. “In my crazy busy life my goal was to write something that we could read together on the go,” Renee explains. “We used my books in the car, on the airplane, and even waiting in restaurants.” They must have worked since he is now 19 years old and is in college.
Renee hopes to inspire both young and old with her Two Facts and a Fib book series so that families can find time to enjoy reading together.
What was your inspiration for starting this book series?
My son was 9 when I started writing these books. He has a learning disability. Reading for him was a struggle and never fun. I wanted him to have an outlet. The concept is interactive and if he’s playing a game while reading… It’s a win, win!
Where do you research the facts?
I use the internet. I go to several websites to find the craziest, most interesting things I can. I’m personally interested in the unusual facts, not the boring ones.
Are these books just for kids?
Well, every time a teacher or parent says to me “We had so much fun reading your books and playing the game.” I know there’s an adult who learned a few facts that day too. Recently I’ve been approached by some adult living facilities to come and speak to the elderly. And my new book Parrotheads, yeah that’s just for everyone!
Do you enjoy public speaking about the books?
I absolutely love it! I have been a children’s performer for 28 years not to mention I spent the last four years talking on the radio, I laugh because people will always comment on my energy, if you do what you love it comes naturally and I think we all know I love to TALK!
What book is your favorite so far?
I actually have two. Wildlife because it was the first one of this series written. I also knew when I saw the picture of the Rhino’s butt, it was going to be a great cover. But I am very passionate about Parrotheads I worked on taking and gathering the pictures for that book for a year. It’s so fun and colorful. Plus I love seeing all the faces of friends in one book.
When deciding on new titles, who do you ask?
I ask my readers: kids and students. At the end of my presentations, I ask what else would they like to learn about. The kids are the best source. Recently, I was approached to write Two Facts and a Fib – Breast Cancer.