Meet the Authors: When I Grow Up I Want to Be…

The end of summer is quickly approaching (*crying*), which brings about thoughts of the future and school. Therefore, we decided to ask our authors what their elementary school selves wanted to be when they grew up. Check out their rad answers below!

Cindi Madsen

I wanted to be a clothing designer.


Alice Gaines

Actress because that way I could pretend to be anyone.

Cole Gibsen

I always wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t think I could do it because of my dyslexia. Even though I was 32 when I published my first book, I’m glad I never gave up on my dream.


Kerri Carpenter

Yes! I wanted to be a waitress because I thought writing on that little pad was very glamorous! Then I moved on to wanting to be an author and illustrator, which is interesting since I can’t even draw a stick figure. Luckily, that author thing worked out a little better for me.

Marnee Blake

I wanted to be an architect. My father was a builder, and I always found the process of creating a home fascinating. I still do.


Shae Ross

I wanted to be a country music singer. Specifically, I wanted to be Dolly Parton. I can’t admit it without smiling, but it’s true. I loved her cheery stage presence and her voice, the big hair, sequined costumes and enviable bra size, although I think I’m over that one. I went to law school instead–you meet a lot of big boobs there too!

Kira Archer

I changed my mind about every other day. I know at one point I wanted to be an astronaut. But I’m afraid of heights and enclosed spaces and suck at math. So that wasn’t going to work out. I always did have an intense love of books, though. And was always writing stories. Somewhere in the back of my mind I always wanted to be a writer…I just never thought it was something I could actually be. It felt like that elusive dream job that wasn’t really obtainable. It took me until I was almost 30 to go for it. Glad I did!


Now we’re asking you: What did you dream of being when you were in elementary school?

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