Today I am very excited to share my interview with Lindsay Leslie, author of SO YOU WANT TO BUILD A LIBRARY, illustrated by Aviel Basil which is coming out tomorrow! Do you love libraries? Me too, and I can’t wait to read this wonderful new book!
Lindsay is offering an amazing giveaway: a copy of SO YOU WANT TO BUILD A LIBRARY and a picture book critique! Comment on this post to be entered in the giveaway.
What were you like at the age of your target audience?
Little Lindsay no-swim, as I used to call myself, was at once nervous, shy, and wary of the world and yet outgoing, friendly, and determined. And those somewhat conflicting feelings created a young girl who slowly approached life step-by-step. I loved living in my imagination, playing pretend with my dolls, and playing dress-up with my friends. I equally loved catching toads, playing soccer, and getting rough and tumble. Reading was a go-to when I needed an escape from the world. I have vivid memories of snuggling up for a read at the Richardson Public Library and the library at my elementary school. And, I did learn how to swim and quickly became a fish, as well as a certified scuba diver when I was 10. Slow and steady wins the race.
What inspires you?
Really, what doesn’t inspire me? I’m an observer by nature. I think that’s why I’m slow to do things. I have to take it all in and process what I’m seeing and experiencing. I’m inspired by my childhood experiences, my children’s experiences, their friend’s experiences, and conversations I have with the kids. I’m inspired by messy rooms, ill-fitting clothes, the depths of space, and nightmares. Inspiration is floating through the air. I breathe it in daily and see what takes hold.
What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?
I will try to stick to one thing. For me, SO YOU WANT TO BUILD A LIBRARY, which releases on August 1, 2021 with Capstone (illustrated by Aviel Basil), celebrates the imagination, and what better vehicle to spur the imagination than books? I hope young readers are inspired to let their imaginations wander and play, and that they build their own cozy or wacky personal libraries and maybe fill it with books they create out of crayon and construction paper.
What’s next for you?
What’s next? I’m working on it. I have a couple of picture books out on submission and am writing new ones all the time. I have a middle grade I’ve been toiling with for five years and my goal is to get it to my agent this year. I’ve got to rip off that band-aid! As for life, I’m loving every day I have with my family and loved ones. My youngest just graduated from elementary school, so another chapter has closed. Right now, I’m trying my best to live in the moment and enjoy what I’ve got.
To learn more about Lindsay and her books:
Twitter @lleslie. Instagram @lindsaylesliewrites website at http://www.lindsayleslie.com