Welcome Author Katie Frawley – Giveaway Alert

Today’s interview with author Katie Frawley, a wonderful critique partner who I met through a few online groups and mutual friends. She’s a judge for RateYourStory.org and her adorable picture book, TABITHA AND FRITZ TRADE PLACES, illustrated by Laurie Stansfield, released earlier this month. If you haven’t read it yet, go order it now. I’ll wait.

Okay, you’re back? Good because Katie is offering one lucky winner a Big Picture Critique for a picture book and all you have to do to enter is comment on this post.

What were you like at the age of your target audience?

My book is targeted for kids aged 4-8, so I’ll pick age 6 for my answer. When I was 6 I was in kindergarten. I was a little bit shy and self conscious. I remember being a Daisy in the Girl Scouts program and thinking I looked silly in my blue Daisy smock. I thought the other Daisies might laugh at me. (They didn’t!) On the first day of school, my best friend, Noelia Chavez, comforted me because I was so scared and nervous. They took our picture and put it in the newspaper. I loved gymnastics, my family, and my dog, Sorkin.

What inspires you?

Wonderful books inspire me! I’ve always been a big reader, but before I started writing, great books intimidated me. I’d think, I could never write a book like this! But once I decided to give writing a shot, I realized that I DO have deep wells of creativity in me. We ALL do! It was a very liberating discovery…and one I only made AFTER I started to write.

What’s something you hope readers take away from your book?

I want readers to to experience gratitude for the things they have. I want them to understand that envying others is a natural human impulse, but that practicing gratitude will bring them happiness and peace. After I read TABITHA AND FRITZ TRADE PLACES, to kids, I like to ask, “What’s something or someone in your home that you would miss if you went away?” It’s easy to ignore what’s right in front of us every day. I hope my book will help readers look at their surroundings with new eyes. (I also hope the book makes them giggle. It sure makes me giggle!)

What’s next for you?

I have another book under contract, but it hasn’t been announced yet. So no details to share. Boo! But I’m writing new manuscripts all the time, I have a few stories out on sub, I’m noodling a chapter book idea that really cracks me up, and I’m reading, reading, reading!

To learn more about Katie and find out about her book which she couldn’t tell us about yet:

Twitter @KatieFrawley1 website www.katiefrawley.com

Published by authorlaurablog

I'm a reading specialist from Chicago, now living in the beauty of the Roosevelt National Forest in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. My first book "Aliana Reaches for the Moon" features a creative and curious girl who loves science, her little brother, and her very patient parents. I'm currently writing a MG novel and several picture books with STEM elements and dogs.

53 thoughts on “Welcome Author Katie Frawley – Giveaway Alert

    1. Mia, thanks for reading. I am so grateful to be part of the process bringing these wonderful creators to my readers. Always inspiring to read their words. Good luck in the giveaway.


    1. Marla, thank you for reading. Yes, you’re going to want to add this to your list next time you order books. My visits to the library and bookstore are always fun and a good workout as I carry them home. Good luck in the giveaway.


    1. Thanks for reading, Hannah. Yes, I’m enjoying reading everyone’s inspiration and seeing all the adorable pictures of people when they were little. Thanks for stopping by the blog and feel free to check out some of the other wonderful interviews. Good luck in the giveaway.


    1. Thanks for reading, Laurel! You’re in for a treat. I order a lot of books from my library too, it’s a magical place and I’m so happy that mine is open again. Good luck in the giveaway.


  1. I think we all wonder sometimes about what it would be like to trade places with someone else. I never thought about trading houses with an elephant, though! What a fun idea for a PB.

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  2. I love how you made this story funny with such a heartfelt message. I used to keep a gratitude journal and now you reminded me to go back and fill it in every day. Looking forward to your next PB and oh that CB sounds so fun.

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    1. Thanks for reading. I’ve never written a gratitude journal but I have practiced gratitude in different ways over the years. I am happy to hear you’re going to be writing in yours again. Good luck in the giveaway.


  3. This looks like such a wonderful book! Yep, I think if we’re honest we all wish we could trade places with someone for at least a little while. I can’t wait to read this and share it with my grandkids. Congrats, Katie! Thanks for sharing, Laura.

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  4. If anything the pandemic has taught me is gratitude. I appreciate all the small things in life so much more and have started eliminating my stuff and greatly reducing my consuming of material possessions. I read and loved your book!

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  5. Congratulations, Katie! Your book sounds so fun and has such a beautiful message. Thanks so much for the interview, Laura. Fingers crossed – I’d love a critique from Katie!! All the best!

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