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Book Title: No Cheese Please
Release Date: 2016 Shipping 03/08/2016
How long have you been writing for? Wow. This is an impossible question to answer. The best response I can give is that I don't remember a time that I wasn't writing! I was always coming up with stories and plots and putting them down on paper. My father passed away when I was seven and I wrote a poem then that the adults in my life were very impressed with. I just always turned to writing for everything. From dealing with sadness and problems to creating a joyful imaginary wonderland. I have always been super comfortable with writing. It is home to me.
What made you want to write a children's book? I have four children so anything I can do to get them pumped up about reading and even more so, creating, I am 110% down with. I actually wrote this particular book for my eldest daughter when she was about 1 1/2. She is 19 now! She always loved it and now my three youngest who are 4, 5, and 6 all love it as well.
Where do you typically draw inspiration from? People. The adult stories I write are totally drawn on the people I meet, their stories I hear and what I imagine for them. It is so empowering to be a writer. I can say, "This character's name is Kane Dawson and he is a wold-famous lawyer who handles the most prestigious clients in the great Unites States of America." and because I wrote it, it is so. That is a crazy rush. Especially given that I am in total control of my characters, their moods, their lives, their circumstances, appearances. You name it and I have my fingerprint on it.
This shouldn't come as a surprise though because I remember when I was younger (like 8) playing Barbies with my best friend, Carissa, and she would get so mad at me because I would always dominate the story line. I was always directing what was in store for Barbie and her crew. I distinctly remember more than one occasion where she lobbed a Barbie at my head. Or was it Skipper? Well, since I am writing this, I will go with Barbie. See? Its fun!
What was your inspiration for, "No Cheese Please?" My eldest daughter, who I refer to on my blog as Studious. She was a picky eater who never wanted to try anything. So in my typical fashion, I wrote about it to her level.
What do you hope that kids (and parents!) take away from "No Cheese Please"? The age old life lesson that we won't always like everything. Out taste-buds are not the same. BUT, we need to at least try and make the decision based on fact and not fear of the unknown.
Do you plan on any future writings? Do I ever! I am continuously writing on my blog www.thememoirsofahousewife.com and I am going to be immersing myself in the task of writing a novel. Or a very long short story. :)
What has been the hardest part of publishing? Doing it myself. I knew I wanted to get my writing out into the world and rather than wait for an agent and ultimately a publisher to say yes to my work, I decided I was going to say yes to it. And if I believed in it and fought for it, the results I could show agents when I was looking for representation was going to be a solid foundation for consideration. When I can go to the top agencies and say, "Look what this little housewife sold on her own without the powerhouses of the publishing world. Come on board and lets really take this places." And if that works, that's amazing. And if not, I will keep on keeping on because this is what God wants me to do. I do not believe we come to this earth with such adamant talent and drive for no reason. They are gifts. Find it and decorate the world with it!
Anything you'd do differently? I think I would have self-published a long time ago if I knew how grand the experience was going to be. For the longest time there was such a negative connotation with self-publishing that I didn't even have it on my radar. I wish I knew that then.
What advice would you offer aspiring authors? Write. Submit to agents and write some more. And if you feel your work needs to get out there sooner, you take it out there yourself!
Who do you look up to? I look up to creative people who are living their life based on what drives them. I think that is a rush and I know I feel better when I am living life that way and I am inspired when I see or read about others living their creativeness.
Last book you read? I am currently reading The Ramblers from Aidan Donnelly Rowley. True story- I am almost finished (it just came out) and I hesitate to read it because I don't want it to end. Its THAT good!
Cake or Ice Cream? Both! I want to have it all! :)
Anything else you want to add: I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in this endeavor and I want them all to know how much it means to me and I hope those of your readers who haven't heard of my work yet will check it out on Amazon and help support someone striving to live their dream in the most authentic way she knows how!