“The woodland winter games are underway. But, faced with Bear’s strength, Squirrel’s speed and Owl’s self-confidence, what is a wee mouse to do?”
I can hardly think of a more fun way to celebrate Children’s Book Week than by publishing one’s first picture book! I know we already had a spontaneous virtual party on Facebook on Monday to celebrate the release of SNOW GAMES on the eBook platform, uTales, but I wanted to be sure none of my blog followers missed out on the celebration. I am still riding the waves of support. Wow! Old friends, colleagues, new kid lit friends – your enthusiasm and belief in me blew my woolen winter socks right off my feet! I think I would happily write just for you, though, like most authors, I do hope for kids worldwide to get a ton of reading and visual pleasure from this story. I am doing a mini-blog hop to promote SNOW GAMES, so I won’t say too much more here, but want to say thanks to Maja for breathing vibrant illustrative life into the five characters (isn’t she just the perfect artist for this story?) and becoming a good friend in the process. Also, a huge thanks to all who gave me critical feedback in the revision process, and to the uTales team, especially Nils von Heijne, the founder, and Emma D. Dryden, who heads up the editorial quality control panel.
I have some school visits planned and I am honored to be doing interviews and guest posts on the following blogs, on my mini blog-hop, where I will be sharing more about the story, the process and uTales. I hope you will visit them and discover more about my author’s journey.
Wednesday, May 16th – Darshana Kiani’s blog, Flowering Minds. – Interview
Wednesday, May 23rd – Krista Rausin’s blog, Parenting with a Dash of Inspiration – Multiple Characters in Picture Books
Tuesday, May 29th – Sharon Stanley’s blog, Sharon Stanley Writes. – Interview
Tuesday, June 5th – Clarike Bo Jahn, Clarbojahn’s Blog – The Story Behind the Story
Wednesday, June 6th – Diane Tulloch’s blog, The Patient Dreamer. Book Review and mini Interview
Wednesday, June 13th Julie Hedlund’s Blog, Why uTales?
Monday, June 18th – Susanna Leonard Hill’s, Blog – The Process of Submitting a Story to uTales
Wednesday June 27th – Patricia Tilton’s blog, Children’s Books Heal, Anthropomorphism in picture books and Book Review
In June I was selected uTaler of the month for SNOW GAMES and the book promotion – See my interview on the uTales Blog.
And now, onto the next stories!