Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Next Big Thing- Blog Tour

The Next Big Thing is a global blog tour (which started in Australia!) to bring awareness to authors & illustrators and their current work. Thank you to the wonderful Nancy Cote for tagging me! I will answer some questions about my newest book, then pass the it on to two other fantastic book artists. 
What is the working title of your next book?

Where did the idea come from for the book? The idea came from 2 areas in my life- past and present. When my kids were younger we took a February Vacation trip to Florida...leaving our little dog behind in snowy NH. And a relatively recent separation from my off to college- the other off to live on her own. Separation can be difficult!

What genre does your book fall under? My book is a picture book, for ages 4 - 8. (It is a small book...perfect to take on vacation.)

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?  
Movie??? There is going to be a movie? Well, my Godchild's daughter Violet was the inspiration for the character...she looks just like this Violet. (We better get Violet into acting lessons...quick!)

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A mix up causes Violet to imagine her dog, who was left behind on vacation, is miserable.

Who is publishing your book?  Christy Ottaviano Books (Henry Holt). (The book was published on Feb 19-2013- It's out!)

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
First drafts are quick! It's the 5Oth draft that takes forever! 

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

A Vacation for Pooch might be compared to "Knuffle Bunny"(by Mo Williams), as in both books the child is missing a loved one. It also captures emotion and an element of surprise as in the classic "Caps for Sale" (by Esphyr Slobodkina). This book has an important but subtle message, which I try to instill in all my books, including,  Princess K.I.M. And the Lie That Grew, and Princess Kim And Too Much Truth.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My daughter Kristin, who was going off to college, was a biggest inspiration.

What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

It is a book about missing someone and surviving without them...whether being separated  for a short time ( going to work) - or a long time ( a parent in the service) or leaving a pet behind while on vacation, this book can ease the fear and let the child know, that even when miles separate you- LOVE will keep you connected.

Thank you so much for stopping by -  I hope you enjoyed hearing about my new book.
The Next Big Thing Blog Tour continues on March 21st with the following book artists - you won't want to miss them!

Author Illustrator- John Nez
Author Illustrator-Loreen Leedy


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