As a new writer, I have found the “Kid Lit” community to be warm, welcoming, and incredibly helpful in resource-sharing.
My sister, Tamzon Olmstead, is a gifted illustrator and I have begun to collaborate with her on some of my work. Our first picture book, Kasanova – Lost in Love, has received a five-star review from Readers‘ Favorite, and is now available to order wherever books are sold!
I am actively working on manuscripts at the moment and will be querying again soon. In the meantime, I enjoy taking part in writing community events.
Kasanova – Lost in Love (Lawley Publishing, Oct 2022)
Kasanova is a lonely koala who is tired of hugging his old gum tree for comfort. Desperate for love and someone to hold close, he falls for the first creature he sees – a kangaroo. Confident that she will appreciate his koala wooing techniques, he goes to great lengths to impress her. But will they be enough to win her affection?
Royal Baysinger’s humorous story is brought to life with Tamzon Olmstead’s playful illustrations and lush watercolor designs. Join the fun as Kasanova charms his way into your heart.
“…a worthwhile read-along book for the younger reader because of its humor and bright illustrations.” — Readers’ Favorite (5-Star review)
8th Place for “Old Man Santa’s Holiday Ruckus” – Susanna Leonard Hill’s Holiday Contest 2022
Honorable Mention for “Apparition Preparation” – Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie Contest 2022
Honorable Mention for “Upon a Winter Solstice” – Susanna Leonard Hill’s Holiday Contest 2022
SCBWI – 2021 to present