This week I am excited to participate in the Children’s Author Blog Hop (my first one). For this Blog Hop participating authors answer four identical questions and then invite three more kidlit authors to join in the “Hop.” I was honored to be asked by my friend and fellow kidlit writer Robin Newman.
ROBIN NEWMAN: Robin writes a blog, “Let’s Talk Books” www.robinnewmanbooks.wordpress.com, covering kidlit, where she interviews authors and illustrators of books for all ages. She recently sold THE CASE OF THE MISSING CARROT CAKE, the first book in the WILCOX AND GRISWOLD MYSTERY SERIES to CRESTON BOOKS (release date TBD), www.crestonbooks.com. She writes picture books, chapter books and more! She would love to have coffee with the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs! Follow Robin on Twitter @robinnewmanbook and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/RobinNewmanBooks/339179099505049
Now without further ado, here are the questions and my responses.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
I’m working on a bunch of manuscripts at the moment–some new and some troubled favorites. I usually write quiet books about family and friendship but have been trying lately to infuse a bit of humor. I’m also actively seeking an agent.
HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM OTHER WORKS IN THE GENRE?
That depends on the piece. In some cases I’m writing about a familiar topic but from a different point of view. Or I’m writing about a universal topic but focusing in on a single moment in time that greatly impacts the character.
WHY DO YOU WRITE WHAT YOU DO?
I have a passion for picture books. Always have. When I was teaching upper-elementary grades I used picture books to predominantly help students develop their writing–but what was most powerful was how sharing picture books with older students touched their lives. Picture books provide access to places, people, and emotions in real, imaginary, and wonderful ways.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART ABOUT WRITING?
Depends on the piece. Sometimes the beginnings just write themselves and then other times, I find I write the first sentence over and over and over again. Sometimes, I have the beginning and the end but have no idea how to get the character from point A to point B. And, sometimes, it’s the revising –getting the perfect word(s) without saying too much so there is still room for illustrations.
My invitees to the Blog Hop are three wonderful authors who also provide wonderful support for me as I navigate the complex world of kidlit: Laura Sassi, Leeza Hernandez, and Marcie Colleen.
MARCIE COLLEEN: Marcie Colleen is chasing the picture book writer’s dream. She is represented by Susan Hawk of The Bent Agency. A former teacher, she also creates Teacher’s Guides for other people’s books. You can visit her website at www.thisismarciecolleen.com. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her amazing fiance and adorable sock monkey.
LAURA SASSI: Laura is a children’s writer and former teacher. Her poems, stories, articles and crafts have appeared in many publications including Highlights for Children, Cricket, Ladybug, Spider, Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr., FamilyFun, and Pack-O-Fun. She has a passion for playing with words and rhyming and is delighted to announce that her first picture book, GOODNIGHT, ARK, will be published by Zonderkidz, a HarperCollins Company and is scheduled to debut in August 2014. She is represented by Lara Perkins of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Laura writes from her century-old home in New Jersey where she lives with her awesome husband, two adorable kids, and a black cockapoo named Sophie. She can be found on the web at: www.laurasassitales.wordpress.com.
LEEZA HERNANDEZ: Leeza, is a New Jersey-based picture book illustrator/author currently working on final art for Eat Your Science Homework, a sequel to Eat Your Math Homework (written by Ann McCallum). Follow Leeza on Twitter @leezaworks. She is also the Regional Advisor for the New Jersey SCBWI chapter.
LET THE BLOG HOPPING CONTINUE! HAPPY WRITING AND READING!