Inspiration surrounds us and emerges from within us. For me, being aware of what's happening around me and within me leads to new insights, new ideas, and new creations. Here are a few things that have inspired me lately.

Children's Picture Book

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This classic children's story by Eric Carle is 50 years old! The number 50 is also important because almost 50 million copies have been sold of this book. What a treasure! 

Visual Arts


I recently attended the national convention of NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) where I was visually inspired by all the creativity.


Vice Movie Soundtrack

"He Wants to Impress His Father"

Although I never saw the movie, this song from the movie soundtrack fills my soul. I love the bassoon, the lovely melody, and those wonderful harmonies.


A Place to Call Home

This gripping TV series about a woman trying to heal her wounded soul in Australia during the 1950s captured my attention and held onto it tight, particularly during season 1.


Everything You Want Me to Be

The twists and turns in this book surprised me, and the three main viewpoints that weaved in and out of the story intrigued me over and over.

What else am I reading? Check out my name in the Goodreads website.

About Jolene Roehlkepartain

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Jolene is the author of 33 books. Her books have been translated into a number of foreign languages, including Chinese, Hindi, and Bahasa Indonesian. She writes for adults, young adults, and children.


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