Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the January Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series!
I have to apologize for the delay in posting up the answers for Children’s Book interview series as we previously had two authors pulling out from the interview due to unforeseen circumstances. Nevertheless, we thank them for introducing two other authors for this interview series. But, now we now have not 12, but 14 authors participating in this group author interview.
Yes, I’m breaking the rules for this interview series! While looking for the last author to join us, I had to email a few of them at one go, just to make sure at least one of them gets back to me to complete this interview series. And guess what? I had not one, but THREE authors sending in their submissions at the same time! Can I say no to two of them? Would it be fair? No! So, yes, the more the merrier, I thought. Therefore, let’s welcome 14 authors for this interview series.
The first seven questions are from a ten-year old children’s book reviewer and BookTuber, named Neha Praveen. You can follow her on Twitter at @npstation2018
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So, the 11th question is “What are your aspirations, as a children’s book author?”
1) Author #1 : Ann Harrison-Barnes
I want to entertain children and give them a message of encouragement and a takeaway that they can remember for the rest of their lives.
2) Author #2: Samantha Hardin
My aspirations are to put out books that children enjoy and help them enjoy the art of reading.
3) Author #3: C.J. Rains
I am so far a self-published author, so I would say to be published traditionally is something we all strive for. If that never happens, I will continue to write for the pure joy of the craft. I am blessed each time I see a child smile when reading one of my books.
4) Author #4: Padma Venkatraman
I’ve already heard from some readers of THE BRIDGE HOME who experienced homelessness and who want to change the world. My aspiration is that my work will promote compassion and understanding and help fuel change for the better in our world.
5) Author #5: Elizabeth Gerlach
I hope to create more books within the Ben’s Adventures book series – I hope that Ben can take many fun adventures.
6) Author #6: Cassie Miller
My son has a special book, if he doesn’t have it at bed time he cries and cannot sleep, he takes it everywhere with him. I want to make a book that a child loves that much
7) Author #7: Charlie Bee
To have as many children as possible listen to, or read our stories, to make them laugh and smile.
8) Author #8: Jerry Craft
To create the books that I wish I had as a kid. I was not a reader, and I think it was largely due to not having books with characters that I could relate to. I would love for the characters in “New Kid” to one day join the ranks of iconic middle grade characters.
9) Author #9: Linda Covella
I hope to share my stories with as many children as possible.
I love writing for children, having them as my audience. Kids and teens have such unique perspectives on life. I absolutely love hearing what’s on a kid’s mind—at any age.
The youngsters are always fun to watch as they show their amazement and delight with each new discovery—discoveries that we have long since taken for granted.
During the middle-school years, kids are starting to come into their own, learning who they are and flexing their maturity muscles. Their independence is beginning to flourish as they start to question things and form their own ideas and opinions.
I have a great respect for teens. By that age, they’ve developed their own one-of-a-kind personalities and strong viewpoints on all sorts of topics. They rightfully question things and begin to test and stretch the limits that are attempting to rein them in. Believe it or not, I can still remember those feelings from my own teen years, and it’s an exhilarating time of life.
I think writing for kids keeps me in touch with the feelings from my childhood. It also encourages me to keep an open mind when I’m with kids, to remind me they are unique individuals, and to give them that respect.
10) Author #10: Tracy K
To inspire children to grow up into decent and caring young adults.
11) Author #11: Beffy Parkin
I very much enjoy writing and seeing little ones reading my work – I first started making stories when working in a pre-school, so making up wonderfully weird stories always made the children smile, which helped spark an interest in books – win win!
12) Author #12: Lory Linn
I believe in educating in ways that are fun without the child realizing they are learning. I want to see physical books in the hands of children so that they can continue to read and learn in a traditional way. It warms my heart when I see children sitting down reading actual books. I wanted to create a new character that will be remembered for generations to come.
13) Author #13: Karen Magnen
I would like children to use their imagination, have fun reading, teach lessons that they should learn. Parents should read to their children and encourage the child to read with them. It should be family time. My fondest memories are of reading to my children and laughing with them over what we were reading, or talking to them about the lessons they may learn. I found out my child was bullied through reading. That is important. Reading is supposed to be fun and entertaining, especially for young children. There is getting to be too much violence and sex in movies, television and games and videos. We need to do a better job at policing what our children see.
14) Author #14: Dr. Graham Clingbine
To stimulate the imagination of children and take them to a place where their dreams feel like reality.
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