Today, as we celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend and all things love, I welcome best selling author, Natasha Wing. Her books include THE NIGHT BEFORE VALENTINE’S DAY and many other NIGHT BEFORE books plus the delightful, BAGEL IN LOVE, a sweet bakery love story. Natasha is generously offering a 15-minute Zoom “Ask the Author” chat where she will answer questions about writing, submitting, her books, etc. Perfect for writers! Comment on this post to be entered in the raffle.
What were you like at the age of your target audience?
I was a quiet, shy girl, well behaved, and I loved school. I still get excited over freshly sharpened yellow #2 pencils! My favorite books were Dr. Seuss (hence the rhyming stories I write now!) and I also liked Disney fairy tales. I grew up in Connecticut with pets: a gerbil named Ribbles, a white mouse with red eyes named Sherman, and a German Shepherd named Nicky. Now I have a cat named Purrsia.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by celebrations and the marking of time, so things like holidays and first days of school. (I admit I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like to overlap holidays so when I walk into stores that have Valentine’s Day stuff out at Christmas, it gives me the willies.) I’m also inspired by women of strength who fought for something they felt was important to save. Like Jackie Kennedy Onassis when she helped save Grand Central Terminal from destruction. Or a story I’m working on now about a mob of matrons who protested the cutting down of the Japanese cherry trees in Washington, D.C.
What is the one thing you hope your readers take away from your books?
With my Night Before books I hope readers learn about different holidays and different ways to celebrate them. With my non-fictions I hope readers learn about little-known people and historic events. With Bagel In Love and my three joke books, that I like puns and being silly.
What can we look forward to next?
I’ve got four Night Befores coming out: The Night Before Summer Vacation Activity Book (May 2021), The Night Before the Dentist (June 2021), The Night Before Lunar New Year, and The Night Before Second Grade. I also have a fun book for toddlers in the pipeline called Squeak-a-boo!
Natasha can be reached at:
Twitter: @NatashaWing Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/natashawingbooks