Fay A. Klingler, author and illustrator, is an award-winning creative and technical writer, as well as a sought-after motivational speaker for women’s groups. Her expertise includes successful patterns for life, betrayal recovery, and effective grandparenting. Her previous publications include A Woman’s Power: Threads that Bind Us to God; Shattered: Six Steps from Betrayal to Recovery; Daughters of God, You Have What It Takes; The LDS Grandparents’ Idea Book; My Magnificent Mountain; The Complete Guide to Woman’s Time; Our New Baby; and A Mother’s Journal.
The Klinglers have twelve children and thirty-five grandchildren in their blended family. They reside in Draper, Utah.
Night owl, or early bird?
I guess I would have to say I am both. With tight deadlines, I am up at 5:00 and to bed around midnight. When life is not quite so demanding, I will sleep in until 7:00. But still, to fit everything in, I’m up late. I simply cannot do the wee-hours-of-the-morning thing though. My brain just doesn’t continue to work during those hours!
Chocolate or Vanilla?
If I could eat chocolate, it would be my choice every time. Due to some health problems, however, my diet is extremely restricted. Chocolate is out, and most things that vanilla goes in are out too. So my closest thing to indulging in food is a bowl of blueberries!
Summer or Winter?
Definitely summer! Summer is a time for working in my garden, hiking with my children/grandchildren, no heavy coats, and color, glorious color. The trees are dressed in green. The flowers are blooming. The vegetables become ripe. And there is room outside to have our whole family at our home to eat!
Cats or Dogs?
Without question, dogs! Dogs are incredibly loyal and protecting. They will endlessly sit and listen to a person’s bemoaning. When my children were young, we had the most wonderful dog. We named him Dirty because of the color of his coat. When the children were outside, he watched over them and came to the back door to warn me if there was a problem. He was my running partner, and did not hesitate to protect me. This is a picture of Dirty with one of my sons.
Top Five or Top Tens Lists
Create a list or two of your top 5 or top 10
Things That Inspire You
When I first read the title for this list, I thought it said, “People That Inspire You.” So let me give that first. My parents continue to inspire me, especially my mother. At age 92, she continues to learn technology, to reach out to every one of her children and grandchildren, even knows the names of all of her 40-something great-grandchildren. She continues to “mother” me with wise counsel and solution ideas. She still cooks and knits and teaches all of us how to grow old with grace.
As to “Things That Inspire You”—tender, positive pictures and sayings about motherhood, about babies, about relationships . . . When I was a young mother, I wanted desperately to share my love of motherhood. I illustrated for a number of greeting card companies (national and international), and most of those illustrations would be termed “mother and babe” illustrations. My heart is still there. I’ve been given my rights back to some of my art. I’m excited to see it soon come out again. This time in a Mother’s Day booklet. Hopefully that will be released for 2014.
Games you like to play
As is evident from my new fiction picture book I Am Strong! I Am Smart! I love to play Double Solitaire. I grew up playing that game with my mother and family members. We became very competitive with many of us playing on each other’s cards at the same time. We laughed, yelled, and sometimes even shrieked our joy of winning a play!
Luisa May, known to her family and friends as Lu, loves to play games with her Grandma. When she’s bullied at school, Grandma has a special puzzle for Lu to help her see how valuable she is—no matter what others say, or how much doubt she feels within herself. Soon after, Grandma has to go to the hospital, and Lu finds out Grandma needs help recovering. Then it’s Lu’s turn to help Grandma see how valuable she is—no matter how much doubt she feels within herself. It’s a beautiful parallel for young and old alike, as each age learns from the other.
Written and illustrated with loving hands, this delightful children’s story offers a heartfelt message that unites and bonds generations. From the award-winning pen of Fay A. Klingler, I Am Strong! I Am Smart! provides to women of all ages a reminder of the tremendous gift of “girl power.”
Every girl needs a mentor, someone she can trust to show her the way home to Heavenly Father. The stakes are high—as women of influence, how we live and how we teach Heavenly Father’s daughters will change the course of their lives forever.
Using compelling real-life stories from women of all ages, award-winning author Fay A. Klingler clearly defines how and why we must continue to live and teach the Young Women values.
We Are Strong! beautifully illustrates how powerful a faithful woman’s example can be.