Today I welcome Kira Bigwood, author of SECRET, SECRET AGENT GUY, illustrated by Celia Krampien. Kira lives in the Chicago area, my hometown, which I plan to visit later this year. Maybe we can meet up at one of the wonderful indie bookstores I hope to visit when I’m in town. Her launch was at the most adorable bookstore in Evanston Booked, where I did a reading of ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON in 2019.
Kira is offering one lucky winner a PB critique (fiction under 700 words) so comment on this post to enter the giveaway.
What were you like at the age of your target audience?
I was big into dance and the arts, and wanted to be a Rockette when I grew up…unfortunately, I never grew past 5 foot, 1 (and a half!) inches. When I wasn’t tapping my little heart out, you could find me wandering around outside (the 80s were the best!) with my brother and sister, digging for sandfiddlers at the beach, or just playing imaginative games “out back.” I loved reading, and was always writing…stories, poems, songs. I even had my own greeting card company, Kira-Me-Not cards (a blatant rip off of Forget-Me-Not cards, haha).
What inspires you?
he short answer? My kids and our dog! In fact, I wrote SECRET, SECRET AGENT GUY after being booby-trapped by them for like, the zillionth time. I also enjoy soaking up everything the great outdoors has to offer…no one tells a story like Mother Nature! Music, theater, movies, books, tv shows, museums, cultural experiences—it all helps me “fill the well.”
What’s something you hope readers take away from your book?
To stay sneaky☺. In a world filled with screens, remote school, and over-structured days, it’s easy to forget what kids are meant to do. Their mission? To play! To use their imagination! To create a whole new world, and get lost in it! I hope this book serves as a fun reminder to do just that.
What’s next for you?
I’m touching up some manuscripts for my agent right now, including some non-fiction science. Hoping one of them will be my next book! I’m also busy with a local #DyslexiaAwareness group advocating for the 1 in 5 children with dyslexia, including my son. Did you know by the time a dyslexic kid reads ONE word, their brain has done 4,000 more computations than that of their neurotypical peers? If you have a kid who cries or changes the subject when you ask them to read aloud, is fatigued after reading just a few pages, or whose reading/writing abilities don’t match up to their verbal abilities, YOU MIGHT HAVE A KID WITH DYSLEXIA.
I appreciate the opportunity to chat with you, Laura! Thanks for having me!
To learn more about Kira and her books:
Instagram: @KiraBigwood. Twitter @KBigwood website: kirabigwood.com