Staples publishes uplifting children’s book (review in MD Independent 9/28/16)


Maryland Independent, September 28, 2016, page B6

Literary lights

An occasional article on local writers

Carrie Staples of Bryans Road recently published “The Single Minded Prince,” a children’s book about birds and cats, a prince and a pirate, who create their own worlds based on what they each believe is most important in life. Enemies discover they are friends in a series of unexpected events where everyone wins. The book is available in paperback on Amazon, CreateSpace, Kindle and at

  1. How long have you been writing and how did you get started?

My professional writing career started in 1970 when Simon & Schuster offered me a contract to write and illustrate The Yarn Animal Book, a project which grew to include clear, detailed instructions for pompom-style woolly animals, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, rya, hooking, crewel and needlepoint plus a wonderful collection of patterns for a wide assortment of animals.

Besides writing about crafts, I started writing stories for children before I had children. When I started having children they provided a constant education about what children want to know and what they enjoy. My articles have appeared in Mothering Magazine, Cricket and Ranger Rick.

I love to do my own illustrations. For me, that’s a big part of the fun of writing a book. I get to share the pictures that fill my mind as I write.  I hope to eventually add even more illustrations to this book.

  1. What inspired you to write?

The Single Minded Prince was inspired by my cats, Gray Malkin Stutterfoot, Tuna-Una , Ling-Pie and her brother and sisters, and by an unusual dream.

  1. Do you consider writing to be a career?

Now that I am retired, my new career is to write and draw for people of all ages. The Single Minded Prince is written for different levels of readers and listeners, age 6 through 100. Each age level will understand more of the nuances in the story.  Adults discover challenging concepts to discuss with their children. For example, “Is it wrong for Captain Brute Nastie to retire from a career as a pirate and start investing in international trade without being punished for his past misdeeds?”

  1. How did you publish your book?

I published through CreateSpace

  1. Who are some of your favorite authors and why? How much do you feel they influence your own writing?

Llama Llama Red Pajama by the brilliant Anna Dewdney is my current favorite children’s book. Her illustrations are inspiring.

Although I read constantly, Smoky The Cowhorse by Will James and Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell were my favorite books as a child.

  1. What are you working on now?

My ‘book in progress’ is about how drawing dead bugs inspires design ideas for monsters and robots.

I am considering writing the amazing true life stories of some of the characters in The Single Minded Prince, Gray Malkin Stutterfoot and the little black kitten, Ling-Pie. There may be a book about the adventures of Ling-Pie and Bertie when they take an ocean voyage with Captain Nastie.

  1. What do you want readers to know?

Also look for The Yarn Animal Book and The Yarn Animal Booklet Series available on Amazon, Kindle and CreateSpace.

Brief description of book

Follow the adventures of a willful prince and a feared pirate who create their own worlds based on what they each believe is most important in life.

Prince Bertie sides with birds against cats! His efforts to protect birds and totally banish cats cause endless unforeseen problems. Each solution results in a new and more difficult challenge. Meanwhile Captain Brute Nastie and his gang of plundering pirates consider a future in Venture Capitalism!

Other characters include the Wizard Fernwake who tries to woo the mighty Southeast Storm King in hopes that the storm will use his incredible powers to restore the balance of nature.

Enemies discover they are friends in a series of totally unexpected events where everyone wins, all because of a tiny black kitten.


It is so exciting to get reviewed in the newspaper!  Please send me any suggestions you have for getting more publicity. And sign up below to receive notice of my blogs.


Published by

Carrie Staples

Author, illustrator of "The Yarn Animal Book", probably the only craft book with instructions for making such unique yarn animals as an orangutan, an ant eater, a llama and a star-nosed mole and "The Single Minded Prince, a fairy tale for all ages about a boy and a pirate captain who both misbehave. The books and a booklet series based on each different yarn craft topic covered in "The Yarn Animal Book" (pompoms and other really easy yarn crafts, knitting, crocheting, rya, needlepoint and embroidery), are available on Amazon and Kindle.

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