Today we meet Phaea Crede whose debut picture book JET THE CAT (Is NOT a Cat) illustrated by Terry Runyan has had a delayed book birthday, but is coming soon to a bookstore near you. This means you still have time to preorder it from your favorite indie bookstore. Phaea is offering a your choice giveaway: a copy of JET THE CAT (Is NOT a Cat), a picture book critique, or a 20 minute zoom call. Comment on this post to enter the giveaway and let us know which prize you’d like.
What were you like at the age of your target audience?
I was totally different from the two ends of my target audience range! At age 3 I was confident and creative, very outspoken, and playful. But by age 8, my dyslexia started getting in the way of my confidence and I was shyer and more frustrated – especially when it came to writing! I actually gave up on writing stories in the 4th grade because I decided real authors didn’t have dyslexia. Fortunately, I proved my 8-year-old self wrong!
What inspires you?
Comedy. Especially weird comedy. My favorite shows growing up were Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and The Kids in the Hall. I also still listen to Weird Al on the daily. And these days I get a lot of inspiration from drag performers! The beauty, the confidence, the comedy! I try to put that showstopping energy into my writing.
What’s something you hope readers will take away from your book?
That everyone feels “weird”, but that’s what makes each of us wonderful.
What’s next for you?
I have two new books on the way in 2022 and 2023, both of which I’m excited to talk about soon. In the meantime, illustrator Terry Runyan and I have one more virtual story time for JET THE CAT (Is NOT a Cat) today, Saturday May 22 at 10am EST with the indie bookstore Silver Unicorn.
To learn more about Phaea and her books:
Twitter: @phaeacrede Instagram: @phaea_crede_books
Website: www. phaeacrede.com