I LOVE spending time with students! Whether I’m sharing more information about how a non-fiction book is created (my “Join the Safari: Fun with Animal Facts” program) or discussing “Success Tips for Writers” with older students, I always enjoy the last few minutes of each program. That’s when we have time for Q&A. You never know which questions you might be asked.
Some questions I’ve been asked:
Of your three books that have been published, which is your favorite?
That’s like asking a parent to choose a favorite son or daughter from the family–no can do. Just as I love all three of my sons dearly, I adore each of my three published books for their unique characteristics. My first book, Who’s Faster: Animals on the Move, is the realization of a publishing dream. And a sweet cumulative tale. My second book, Ballpark, is a special story about the importance of spending time together and creating fun traditions. And my third book, Sweet Dreams, Wild Animals, is a gentle lullaby for the end of a busy day–a moment for a reader and listener to snuggle together. There’s nothing better than closing out the day while reading a sweet story.
Where do you get your ideas?
Ideas are all around us. Take a walk in the park or along the shore and consider nature-related topics. Grapple with a problem (a too-busy schedule) and there’s a subject to write about. Remember a recent experience (a great vacation or a fun outing) and maybe that has the beginnings of a great tale. Read a fascinating article about an important person in history–maybe there is more to the story there? These ideas are a great place to start digging. Some ideas may lead to dead-ends, but others can lead to a great story that will excite both you and your reader.
When is your next book coming out?
This fall–I’m excited for the launch of THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN on November 5, 2019! YAY! Take a look at my BOOKS page to learn more about this forthcoming title from Charlesbridge Publishing.
And my favorite question of all time (drum roll, please …)–
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Ice cream and writing questions–a winning combination!