Today, Norene Paulson whose second picture book WHAT’S SILLY HAIR DAY WITH NO HAIR? released this month. I am always impressed by the creativity of writers, but if you visit Norene’s website, you’ll see her bio written from A to Z which is delightful. Norene is generously offering one winner a signed copy of WHAT’S SILLY HAIR DAY WITH NO HAIR? or a non-rhyming picture book critique. Winner’s choice! Please include which prize you would prefer in the comments!
What were you like at the age of your target audience?
In elementary school I was painfully shy and quiet…a bit of a loner, but I never felt alone because I loved to read. Reading blessed me with an unlimited number of friends–book friends, and we went on wonderful adventures together. I solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and explored the frontier with Laura Ingalls Wilder. My comfort zone always has been and still is filled with words…reading, writing, playing word games, and I know that stems from those early years when words were my best friends.
What inspires you?
No surprise that my love of words led me to become a middle school language arts teacher and that experience is what inspires me. I write stories of friendship, acceptance, and inclusion because growing up is not easy, and I had a front row seat for over twenty years to the struggles many students face trying fit in, trying to be accepted, and trying to develop friendships. I write for those students because learning to be kind, empathetic, and inclusive needs to be emphasized early and over and over as kids grow up.
What’s one thing you hope readers will take away from your books?
A sense of empowerment is the one thing I hope readers take away after reading both WHAT’S SILLY HAIR DAY WITH NO HAIR? and my debut picture book BENNY’S TRUE COLORS. From a young age, I want them to know they have the power to initiate change.
What can we look forward to next?
On a professional note, I have several additional stories out on submission, several more in various stages of revision, and several more swirling around in my head including…shhh, a sequel to Silly Hair. On a personal note, my husband and I have a new grandson who, hopefully, by this time, we’ve had a chance to meet. The pandemic and the wintery weather have made traveling the 800 miles to visit difficult.
You can find out more about Norene and her books:
Twitter – NorenePaulson, Facebook – norene.paulson Instagram – nrpaulson
website – www.norenepaulson.com