Today author Lynne Marie stops by the blog to celebrate her new book THE THREE LITTLE PIGS AND THE ROCKET PROJECT, illustrated by Wendy Fedan that blasted into bookstores a few days ago. This is not Lynne Marie’s first fractured fairy tale, her book MOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE SCARES, illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo is another fun one you won’t want to miss! Lynne is the owner and administrator of RateYourStory.org
Lynne has generously offered a half-hour zoom consultation as the giveaway so be sure to comment on the blogpost to enter.
What were you like at the age of your target audience?
To be honest, I am not sure I’ve changed a lot! I still love animals and loveys and I still love reading, fairy tale books, crayons, play-doh, puppets and games! Importantly, I still love to create with words and pictures, although I rarely get time to finger paint anymore.
What inspires you?
I find inspiration in the world, in things both big and little, simple and complex. I’ve always had many ideas to chase after. When I was a child I wanted to grow up and be the CEO of a company called The Idea Factory. I think, in some small ways, I have become that through writing stories and sharing ideas with others in my mentoring and critiquing with both RateYourStory.org and ThePictureBookMechanic.com! 🙂
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS AND THE ROCKET PROJECT – My fractured fairy tale / STEM picture book that came out earlier this month was inspired by my love for fairy tales and folktales, and by my father, Johnny Wanamaker, who loves pigs and collects pig memorabilia. But also by my younger brother John who once set off a rocket in our living room.
My most recent sale this December, it was inspired by a trip to France in 1998. Although I hadn’t widely submitted it, I dusted it off recently and sent it out. It is one of my favorite creations and I am so grateful for the opportunity to finally see it come to life.
What’s the one thing you hope readers take away from your book?
I would be over the moon if this book inspired a child to love and embrace fairy tales, as well as to play around with writing their own variation. I would be grateful if it also taught kinder ways to deal with competitiveness. And of course, it would be a triple blessing if it inspired creativity in art and exploration of out-of-the-box art materials.
What’s next for you?
AMERICAN PIE, illustrated by Dea Lenihan, is coming out April 15, 2022 from Dancing Flamingo Press.
Watson the Wombat can’t wait to celebrate his 1st 4th of July in the USA, but can one wombat make a parade, a picnic, or apple pie? With no apples? Watson’s quest for apples brings everything he wanted and more in this sweet celebration of America and friendships.
And after that, I have THERE WAS A BLUE WHALE WHO TANGLED WITH PLASTIC, by me and B.J. Lee, illustrated by Sunny Choi, coming April 2023. This is a nod to the There Was an Old Lady books, but with a plastic pollution slant. And, then, the unannounced book which is scheduled for a dual release in both 2022 and 2023.
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