Hello, I’m Ryan SanAngelo!
I grew up in both Beacon Falls and Southbury, CT. I had a life-changing experience during my sophomore year at Western CT State University in Danbury, CT. I wrote a story called, A Boy Named Eddie, Who Shared His Spaghetti, for the final project in the children’s literature class I took. The class wasn’t even part of my major. I took it as an elective.
After my story was rejected by several publishers, I was able to get it published by Boyds Mills Press. The connection came about after meeting the company’s president, Clay Winters, at a one-night class called How To Get Published. The book was published in 2002, as Spaghetti Eddie.
In preparation for my first school author visit, I wrote a few songs to play after I read my book. I even had a Spaghetti Eddie song. I was absolutely floored by the response the students gave me and knew right then and there, this is what I had to do. It was so deeply meaningful to finally find an audience for my ideas. I had wanted to be a rock star; now I got to be an author and a rock star for children, who are the greatest audience of all.
Since then, I’ve conducted author visits at venues throughout New England and beyond. I’ve charismatically showcased my books, discussions, and lively and colorful music to the delight of audiences big and small. In 2011, I published my second book, Bye Bye Balloon, as well as the Smile Every Day Activity Book and CD, through my own company Little King Press. (Look for my next book, Wake Up, Tommy! You’re in a Book! coming in 2014.)
It should be noted that from visiting schools as an author, I was inspired to become a teacher. In 2009, I received my Masters degree in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport. I taught first grade and worked as a media specialist. I have since moved on to social work when I knew I was going to become a father and needed to secure a steady job with health insurance. The job has worked out extremely well in giving me the flexibility I need to continue to doing school visits, which is my favorite part of being an author. I absolutely love getting students excited about using their imaginations and encouraging them to believe in themselves!