Today’s Young Author: Jami McDaniel Stichter

This is Jami. She’s an awesome young author. Will you be her fan today? She’s written a children’s book titled, When You Don’t Clean Your Room. This is a great book for young preschool and elementary aged children. If you’ve ever battled with a child to clean their room, (and who hasn’t?) you’ll know what this is about.

To check out Jami’s book click here: WHEN YOU DON’T CLEAN YOUR ROOM

Aren’t the illustrations fun? Jami loved her illustrator, Jason Hutton. “He went above and beyond my expectations. He made my book better.”

Here’s a brief interview with Jami:

Q:What genre do you prefer to write?

A: YA Fiction

Q:What inspired you to write your book?
A:When I was a seventh grader I had an English assignment to pick a poem that I enjoyed and write an original poem modeled off of the chosen one. I chose Shel Silverstien’s Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out. Then when I was in high school I had a friend tell me my poem would make a great children’s book.

Q:Who published it?
A:Tate Publishing

Q:Do you have an agent?
A:No, but I would like to get one

Q:How many books have you written?
A:I have 2 completed, both children’s books. I am in the process of writing 2 more, one children’s book and one YA novel. And I have several YA novel brainstorms started.

Q:How many have been published?
A:I have one published and a contract offer on the second.

Q:What does your writing den look like?
A:On the floor in a corner somewhere

Q:Are you a “pantster” or someone who outlines?
A:I am a big planner. I outline, make character webs, write scene descriptions, and interview my characters. When I have a block I like to go back to my outline and get to know my characters a little bit more. Even if it is irrelevant to the story I still like to know everything about them. Their favorite color, food, hobbies, etc…

Q:How long have you been writing?
A:I have been serious about writing for about 9 years now.

Q:When you were a teenager did you know you wanted to be an author?
A:Being an author became my dream career when I was 13 years old.

Q:What or whom inspired you to be an author?
A:My seventh grade English class was very focused on writing. Every assignment was related back to writing. I started to really enjoy it and my teacher Ruth Ayres (whom which my book is dedicated) became my good friend and mentor. (You can find Ruth Ayres’ blog here— a place where you can DISCOVER, PLAY and BUILD. I’m a subscriber. A happy one!)

Q:If you had to “teach” something to teens about writing what would that be?
A:Lesson #1: Your writer’s notebook is your best friend, keep it with you at all times. You never know when a little idea will turn into the next bestseller. My writer’s notebook is completely random. It has everything from magazine cutouts/pictures. To lists and random words. It is not organized and its very messy. Every story originates from my writer’s notebook. I always have it with me!

Q:What would your advice be to teens who want to get published?

A:Don’t be afraid to let people read your work. Start with a couple of people you trust. I have a person who loves to read and one who loves to write read over my work. I like to get opinions from both perspectives. Be open to advice. Once your work is finished and you are satisfied—BELIEVE in it. You will never get anywhere if you don’t believe in your own work.

Here is one Amazon FIVE STAR review by D. Blankenship:

My goodness – I did relate to this book. “Clean your room.” If I heard that when I was a kid once, I heard it a thousand times. “Clean you room.” If I said that to my son when he was growing up once, I said it a thousand times. “Clean your room.” With four grandsons….well, you do the math! Now I don’t know about others, but I still hear this command…from my wife…if reference to my home office. (See my profile picture of the most organized corner of my “den.


This little book by Jami McDaniel Stichter hits the nail on the head. In this case though the cluttered room (which actually looked quite natural to me), got a bit out of hand:


“And this I am vey sorry to say,
They couldn’t find him
that horrible day.
So they got some equipment
to clean the junk up,
A bulldozer, a crane, and
a BIG dump truck.”


Yes, the poor kid vanished…just simply vanished in the jumble of what was his room! Will they ever find him? What was and is his fate?The author has used a gentle and engaging rhyme to tell the story of Colton Colin Coil Calloon who would “never ever clean his room!” Colton Colin Coil Calloon was a pretty typical little boy (and girl I might say…remembering my daughter), and kids will relate to this one quickly; as will frustrated parents!


The art work is snappy, busy and uses vivid colors which instantly catch the eye. The illustrations match the wonderful text perfectly. The book overall; text, illustrations and physical appearance has been done in a very professional manner and despite the fact that this is a paper back, the binding is quite stout and the paper is of a grade that should last through many readings.This little story will fascinate the wee ones and bring a smile to the lips of parents or grandparents.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for an honest review. An honest review you got. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising and Amazon reviewer guidelines.
Don Blankenship
The Ozarks

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  1. Kudos. Writing can be a hard business and Jami already has amazing accomplishments. I’m sure more great things are ahead.

  2. imagination + hard work = a great little book
    Congratulations, Jami!

  3. I love Jami’s writing and am already looking forward to her next book!

    • Robin says:

      Loved this excerpt. It sounds like the perfect children’s book. Good concept, cute characters.

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