Congratulations Aundra Tomlins, winner of the picture book critique from Jennifer Buchet, author of LITTLE MEDUSA’S HAIR DO-LEMMA, illustrated by Cassie Chancey. Please email me ljrwritenow at G mail to arrange for your prize!
Readers, please join me in thanking all the generous, creative authors and illustrators who shared their inspiration on the blog this year. If you haven’t written glowing reviews of the books you’ve loved – go do it now! Come back in January for more giveaways!
Congratulations to Angela C. Hawkins winner of the fabulous giveaway from The Wandering Jellyfish Bookstore in Niwot, Colorado. Pictured below is the bookstore swag plus books that are included in the prize! Huge shoutout to Carrisa Mina and Jerilyn Patterson co-owners of this new store! Follow the store on Twitter and Instagram @Twjbookshop
Angela, please email me at Ljrwritenow at Gmail so that I can connect you. Readers, there is one last giveaway open now and more interviews are coming in 2022. Don’t miss Jennifer Buchet and her book, LITTLE MEDUSA’S HAIR DO-LEMMA.
Congratulations to Ashley Sierra, winner of the double giveaway from Diana Murray! Diana has generously offered one lucky winner a copy of her two new books: HELP MOM WORK FROM HOME, illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld and UNICORN NIGHT, illustrated by Luke Flowers.
Ashley, please email me so that I can connect you with the author!
Readers, I have two giveaways currently open from The Wandering Jellyfish and author Jennifer Buchet. Comment on those posts to enter the giveaways. The rest of December will be photography and two more winner announcements. Author interviews will resume in January. Thanks to everyone who has read and commented on the author/illustrator interviews and supported these wonderful creators. Still looking for a holiday gift? Books make wonderful gifts. And don’t forget to write reviews on Goodreads and Amazon to help spread the word!
I’m welcoming Jennifer Buchet to the blog today to share her inspiration and a few other things about her book, LITTLE MEDUSA’S HAIR DO-LEMMA (Clear Fork Publishing, May 2021) illustrated by Cassie Chancy. Jennifer was in my debut group when ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON, illustrated by Ariel Boroff from Eifrig Publishing released in 2019. If you aren’t a writer, you might not know the publishing world doesn’t always go according to plan, so Jennifer needed to muster all the patience in the world until her book came out earlier this year.
Jennifer is offering a critique (fiction picture book or a query letter) for the giveaway. Comment on this post to enter.
What were you like at the age of your target audience?
When I was writing “Little Medusa’s Hair Do-Lemma,” I envisioned sharing my story with children ages 3-6 yrs. I was a very shy child, who loved (and still does!) reading, animals, and playing lots of make-believe games. My favorite thing to do was walk in the woods with my father and play “Intrepid Explorer” where I battled baddies, discovered hidden cities, and always saved the fey-folk from impending peril! Today I still take those walks & share my woodland quests with my own daughter.
What inspires you?
So many different things can inspire a story for me, from the colors of an autumnal leaf, a favorite scent wafting by, or biting into an amazingly delicious food! My classroom of littles inspire me on a daily basis too, both with what they say and definitely with how they see and relate to their world.
What’s something you hope readerstake away from your book?
My book debuted in May and I have been blessed with so many lovely comments, both from kids and their adults. So many readers have asked me when the next Little Medusa book is coming out! (Now that’s inspiring to say the least!) I’m hoping my readers will want to learn more about mythological figures as well as learn that with imagination and perseverance, anything is possible!
What’s next for you?
After an extremely busy & surprising summer, and the return to teaching in-person, time and energy have been in short supply! However, I’m now getting back on the writing wagon and revamping several picture book stories before the year is out. As the new year is set to unfold, I plan to finish the second story in my chapter book series and find the “write” literary agent for my work.
Want to know more about Jennifer‘s writing and her recipes?
Today is the last author interview of 2021. In December the blog will refocus on photos and some of my own writing with the winner announcements for this giveaway plus the other two still open from author Diana Murray and our new local independent bookstore, The Wandering Jellyfish.
Congratulations to Rinda Beach, winner of a signed copy of PIGTURE PERFECT, by Jenny Goebel. Rinda, please email me so that I can connect you with Jenny. Ljrwritenow at G mail.
There are still open giveaways from author Diana Murray and new independent bookstore The Wandering Jellyfish. Tomorrow I will share my interview with author Jennifer Buchet which will be the last giveaway of 2021 because I’ll be taking December off of interviews. I’ll still be sharing some photography and a few other posts, but if you haven’t won anything yet this year, be sure to comment on the giveaway posts.
Charlie and I have been taking advantage of the extended warm fall. In spite of a dusting a few days ago, we still haven’t had any measurable snow since April. I love seeing it on the distant peaks while enjoying the dry, warm trails near home.