Welcome to another great Monday and another Indie Author Spotlight! If you have a book to recommend and want to get in on the action, interview with me here.
Tell us a brief summary of your book’s plot.
The Letter is a fun and engaging children’s book about a girl who goes to her favourite park to write a letter to someone very special but cannot find the words. When she goes for a walk, she forgets her letter on the park bench and will soon discover that, with the help of some very unlikely characters, fate has plans to write her letter for her in a way she could never imagine.
What was the inspiration for this story?
Everyone has things they wish they could say to people but, if they are anything like me, often times they either don’t speak up or the words simply never come out how they want to say them. It was this nagging realization that prompted me to begin daydreaming about what it would look like if life actually delivered those words to you when you weren’t even there. I thought about how surreal it would be to leave a paper on a bench only to come by and see it written later on by people you would never meet. Can you imagine?! This was what inspired me to begin writing The Letter.
Do you have any writing habits you would like to tell us about?
Before I even sit down to begin writing, I often have the majority of my story finished in my head. I run the entire tale through my mind countless times like a movie and, once I feel confident in the structure of the story, I sit down to begin drafting and editing it out.
I suppose it’s quite ironic that my writing process has very little to do with writing to begin with, isn’t it?
What is the hardest thing to manage when you start writing?
Picking which story to work on. I have 5 or 6 ideas in mind at any given time and, for me, picking just one to truly focus on is quite a difficult task.
Name the three books currently topping your To Be Read list?
I’m currently very excited to read;
The Case For Grace by Lee Strobel
For Love Of Country by Howard Schultz
Whatever children’s book my son grabs on our next library trip
How important do you think a book’s cover is?
For children’s books I think it’s very important! The right cover can catch your eye from across the room and should offer just enough information about your book to entice your potential reader without giving too much away. I’ve always found poorly created covers to be a disservice to the book they represent.
If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose?
Alive or dead? Dead; I would want to work with C.S. Lewis. I think he could teach me quite a lot and it would be an honour to ride his coattails. Alive; Alton Brown. Maybe we could write a kid’s book about cooking and then he could could cook me a stellar meal. Win/Win!