I’ve had people tell me they are between books, looking for something new to read; a new author, a new genre. There are more writers than ever before: More good writers, more not so good writers. The choices of things to read are enormous. The purpose of interviewing a writer is to give you, the reader, a chance to hear from the writer directly, to hear the writer’s own voice.
What is your philosophy of writing? Write what you love, what you are passionate about. Even if it doesn’t sell well, you will have been true to yourself. Quality over quantity.
What’s the name and genre of you book? “Ode to Icky”. It’s a children’s picture book
Who is the audience for this book? Children ages 3-9, especially kids who like funny or silly books about animals and children
Is this book part of a series? If so is it a sequel or a prequel? No, this is a stand-alone title. If it does really well though I might write more books about Icky, who knows?
Describe your protagonist physically and emotionally and describe the challenges the protagonist needs to overcome. There are actually two main characters, Icky (a fat cat with some major hygiene issues) and Icky’s owner, Candy (a girl who is constantly coming up with schemes to make money). Candy’s main challenge is her own cleverness, sometimes her “great ideas” blow up in her face! Icky’s main challenge is his laziness!
Describe your antagonist physically and emotionally, and talk about motivation. There isn’t an actual villain so to speak. The antagonist would be Candy’s own ambitious scheming and the consequences it brings.
Quote a passage from your book that you love: “Most cats are known for their excellent grooming habits, but Icky was not like most cats. He hated doing anything other than sleeping or eating, so cleaning himself didn’t fit into his plans.”
Elaborate on the meaning of the passage: This passage sets up the story and introduces Icky, my favorite character in the book. Icky is actually based on a real cat that we own named Einstein. He really doesn’t like to do anything other than sleeping or eating!
What surprising things did you learn while writing this book? How hard it is to edit picture books. I tend to be a wordy writer who writes run-on sentences and adds way too much detail. I still probably could have simplified the story a bit more, but I brought it way down from where it first started!
How has your upbringing influenced you writing? I grew up surrounded by books and people who loved to read. I also grew up around some strange humor, which infiltrates into my writing. It’s nice to see how many other strange people there are out there though!
You can get my books at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. My children’s ebooks, “In Memory of Dad” and “Weezie, the Elephant with Allergies” are also available at Smashwords.
My books are available for sale at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and a few other online sites. You can buy a signed copy of “Ode to Icky” directly from me if you wish, just visit my website, http://marandarussell.com/my-books/ for more information.
“Ode to Icky” ISBN: 978-1612250588
Price: $9.99 for paperback, $3.99 for Kindle version
That’s the interview. Thanks for listening and,
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