Ilene Kaufmann

I am delight to be chatting today with Ilene Kaufmann, who is someone I haven’t had on before, a poet and a children’s book author.  She was born and raised in rural Lapeer, Michigan and was adopted when she was four years old, along with two of her brothers. She began writing poetry at a very early age. It became a way for her to express her deepest thoughts and feelings. Her love for writing poetry continued throughout her life

Could you tell us about yourself

I’m a 57 year old mother to three daughter’s and grandmother to two granddaughter’s and two step grandsons. Adopted at the age of 4 years, I was raised in a middle class family in rural Michigan, where I spent most of my time outdoors with our many pets. During my adolescent years I became involved with track and softball, of which I excelled in. I also enjoyed horseback riding and nature walks with my Appaloosa quarter horse, April and my dog, Betsy. After college, I moved to middle Tennessee, where I married and raised my three girls. Unfortunately, the marriage lasted only 9 years. The girls and I have been on our own ever since. I am very close to our Christian congregation and spend most of my time with Christian activities, family and writing.

When did you first decide to write and what got you started?

I don’t really think it was a decision. I needed an outlet for the pain I was experiencing, and writing fit the bill. I used to make up stories with happy endings or poems that made even the most devastating things sound beautiful, just to take me away from my reality. But I never shared my writing with anyone…until my children came along.

Do you plot your stories or do you write and see where it takes you?

Probably a little of both. But, because my poems and stories are based on true life experiences, I guess I just embellish where it’s needed for heightened interest.

Do you have any inspirations for you writing? Other authors / people / events?

Without a doubt, my inspiration comes from my children, grandchildren, and those close to me who have touched my heart with their story. I’ve never really been able to write about mundane things. I’m not saying I never have…I mean, I’ve written a poem entitled, “Yard Sale”, so I guess I have my moments. What can I say? I was kinda in a goofy mood that day. Haha.

What is the best part about writing, and the worst?

The best part for me is, being able to tell someone’s story in a way that they can’t themselves. It could be something devastating like a lost or stolen child, like in my poem, “Did you know?”, which is about a dear friends experience in searching 6 years for her 3 year old son who was taken illegally by her ex husband. In that time she had people telling her to move on. But she never gave up and at the age of 9 years, she finally found him! She said, of the poem, “I’ll Cherish this forever, you helped me to put closure to all this. Maybe, someone can find hope and strength in my story.” That’s worth more than any sum of money. It’s priceless.

And the worst…..there isn’t a worst for me.

Tell us about one of, or your most recent book

Seeing I’ve talked about ” Rhyme and Reason” already, I’ll tell you about my children’s book, ” Jaydens New Adventures” As the first book of THE JAYDEN AND RYLEE SERIES, it follows the life of my granddaughter, Jayden as she figures out her place in her ever changing world. With her puppy, Toby by her side, she learns acceptance, forgiveness, appreciation and quite often a whole lot of patience. From first day of school jitters, and the responsibility of caring for a new puppy, to helping around the house and the anticipation of her new baby sister’s birth, Jayden helps children to see that they’re not alone in their uncertainties and feelings. My hopes are that this series will help instil positive traits and manners to better equip our young readers with what they need to succeed and be happy.

What are you currently working on? How long before release?

I’m just finishing up the last story of the 3rd book from the JAYDEN AND RYLEE SERIES. The second book has been finished for awhile. I’ve been waiting to see what interest is shown for the first book,”Jayden’s new Adventures”, to see if it merits all that goes into a second books

production. My plans are to have the second and third installments on store-shelves by mid to late 2019.

You are very active on twitter, how important do you think social media is for an author?

I’m not really sure yet. I don’t think it’s affected my book sales that much. But I will say that all the authors make it feel like a family. You don’t have the cutthroat competition you see in other fields. Everyone is so quick to encourage, advise and help wherever they can. I’ve had many, such as yourself, who have taken the initiative to offer help. Being relatively new to all this, I am so appreciative of any and all help I’ve received.

What are you currently reading?

The Bible…… seriously.

Which authors and novels would you recommend?

Oh, my goodness, there are so many! Ken Stark, SS Bazinett, Ellie Douglas, MJ LaBeff, Joe Pranaitis, Kacey Kells, CP Sheppard, W. Boone Hedgepeth, Millie Thom, Darren Barker ….You! And so many more! I never realized how many amazing authors there were out there!!

Can you tell us a bit about your family pets, you have 5 I understand?

Well, there’s Toby, of course! My 11 year old, sweet and lovable, always up for a cuddle, Pit Bull. Then, there’s Lexi, our 18 month old, catch a frisbee in mid- air, Aussie mix. She’s sweet, but extremely high strung! So you can imagine how crazy she makes Toby at times. Haha. We have two cats, KC and Ally, who aren’t really fond of one another, but they love the dogs. Go figure. Two of ourselves beloved furry family members, passed away after the publishing of the books. 17 year old Tyler, a lab mix, and 14 year old Hershey, a long haired dachshund. We had them since they were pups.

Any fun facts about you that you would like to share?

I’m very goofy, even to the point of embarrassing my children. Haha. And I believe that in any negative, a positive can be found. It may take longer sometimes (maybe years, even), but it is possible. And a day never passes without me thanking God for his many blessings.

You can find Ilene’s books on   and contact her through

17 thoughts on “Ilene Kaufmann

  1. Ilene Goff Kaufmann says:

    Wow, Roger! I am blown away! Thank you so much! I appreciate , so very much, yoir kindness and all the time and energy that you put into this interview! I will cherish this experience always. I wish you much success in all your endeavors!
    My sincere gratitude to you Roger.
    🌸Ilene Goff Kaufmann

  2. Audrina Proctor says:

    Such a great review! I’m so proud of my mom for creating 2 awesome books and for making her dream come true of getting them published. Rhyme and Reason is beautifully written and is so touching in so many ways. Jayden’s New Adventures is cute, comical and will also help in teaching children life lessons. I also loved reading this review because even though Ilene is my mom, this review goes above and beyond with introducing and letting you get to know the author. Awesome review!

  3. Andrea B Denney says:

    Great job to both the interviewer and the author. The questions really brought out the personality of the author and it seemed a relaxed interview. I have both books from this author and can truly encourage all tof buy “RHynes and Reason” for your living room tables. There is something in there for all. “Jaydens Adventures” is already in the hands of many happy children. The stories hit the heart of the child while teaching them things that are missing in most of the childrens stories these days. True jewels both books are. Bravo both of you for a great interview.

  4. James Faucett says:

    This was a very wonderful review to read. My daughter is 8 yrs old and she absolutely loves these books. I do have to agree that this is a great way to know about the author on a personal level.

  5. Marlena Lovato says:

    What an amazing interview! Ilene is such a sweet person and has amazing talent. Thanks for sharing! I look forward to more.

  6. Brody Evans says:

    Great review, I haven’t read any of Ilenes books yet but I’ve ordered a copy of Rhyme and Reason on Amazon last week and can’t wait for it to come. Ilene is a very nice loveable lady who I am close to and see her as a second mother for how understanding and compassionate she is. I know she can make her dreams of being a well known author come true.

  7. Brenda Massaro says:

    What a beautiful review Ilene Kauffman! You are exactly the person you say you are, your life shows people that you care, that you want to share things that will help others , and at the same time you learn from others. “Rhyme and Reason” is such a beautiful publication. You can tell that you’ve reach deep down into your soul to put those feelings into words on the pages and yes I did smile at your yard sale poem. ☺ Again may I say, a beautiful review.

  8. Brody Evans says:

    Sweet review, I’ve ordered a copy of Rhyme and Reason not too long ago on Amazon, still waiting for my copy lol, but I cant wait to read it. Ilene is such a wonderful person who I’ll proudly call her my second mother as she has been nothing but kind hearted and understanding to me. I wish her all the best in her future as an author, she deserves it and so much more.

  9. Haven Kolinski says:

    I love you so much Ilene! I’m so proud of what you’ve done. You are one of the most genuine, loving, caring, and up-building person I know of! If anyone is considering buying one of your books- they will NOT be disappointed! Beautiful books!

  10. Brenda Buchanan says:

    Ilene is such a genuine person, who writes from her heart. You won’t be disappointed reading her books.

  11. Ilene Goff Kaufmann says:

    Thank you, everyone for you’re kind words. I appreciate you all. 💕
    Much love,
    🌺Ilene Goff Kaufmann

  12. Brittney Oldham says:

    My little girl loves reading about Jayden’s adventures! And she also loves the actual Jayden and Rylee 😉 Loved reading this interview. Look forward to hearing more of your stories!

  13. Millie Thom says:

    What a lovely, honest and open interview. It’s always good to learn a little more about fellow tweeters and Ilene is such a generous and thoughtful person with her retweets! Once I get my present WIP finished (which will be very soon) I have every intention of reading Rhyme and Reason. I’m also delighted to hear she has another two books lined up for publication. Congratulations and much love to Ilene.

  14. MARK CARNELLEY says:

    Great interview!
    I began writing poetry half a century ago!
    Some poetry these days is “heavy” and you feel like your wading through deep mud.
    I downloaded a sample of Rhyme & Reason by Ilene Kaufmann and I loved it. It’s simple yet powerful. Will be buying!
    So thank you Ilene! What I read resonated with me. Looking forward to reading and soaking up all the emotions you expressed!

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