Today I welcome Alex Giardino whose beautiful book, ME + TREE, illustrated by Anna & Elena Balbusso is being released today! If you enjoy book birthdays as much as I do, you should go order it now from your favorite indie bookstore and bake a cake to make the most of the celebration. I’ll wait.
Ready? It’s time to meet Alex.
What were you like at the age of your target audience?
My target audience for my forthcoming book ME + TREE, and really for all my books, is either a 5th grade reader, and also a single-mom reader. This sounds odd, but I think I am writing for these two selves I have been.
As a fifth-grade girl, I spent a lot of time alone, going for walks in the nearby hills, talking to myself, imagining stories, and feeling a deep need for connection. In ME+TREE and all my books, my characters are uplifted, healed, and inspired by the natural world.
As a single mom, reading and writing stories have been my solace, my way to connect with others, especially when I felt alone. So just like the girl in ME+TREE connects to an old tree stump by confiding her life story to it, I am connecting through my stories too.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by strong-willed, strong-minded people who fight for justice and against all forms of cruelty. I am inspired by their courage. I am also inspired by artists because I see in them a determination and freedom to follow their visions. Surfers also inspire me, because they allow themselves to be polished by the waves.
What’s the one thing you hope readers take away from your book?
I mean that.
I hope people read my work and know that love is what holds us. It is what endures.
In all my work, love heals and fulfills my characters. It’s what I hope for all of us.
Alex has generously offered to give one lucky winner a signed copy of ME + TREE. Be sure to to comment on this blogpost to be entered to win. Also, share this post on Facebook or Twitter and mention it in your comment for additional entries!
What’s next for you?
I hope there is a lot of love ahead for me! I am working on two novels in verse and several picture books. I love writing verse. It’s my new thing.
To connect with Alex and learn more about her books:
Twitter: @Alex__Giardino Facebook: Alex Giardino Instagram: alex__giardino