Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Blog Hop

Welcome to Blog Hop! What’s a Blog Hop? It's where children's book authors answer identical questions and then invite others authors to join in.

Nancy Viau tagged me, so you get to read her bio first. Be sure to visit her web site to learn more about her wonderful books. Then you can check out my answers to the Blog Hop questions below. And finally, find out who the three authors are that I tagged. Enjoy the hop!

NANCY VIAU is the author of two nature-inspired picture books: Look What I Can Do!, which School Library Journal calls "wonderfully expressive" and "a gently affirming tale perfect for parent-and-child sharing," and Storm Song, a fun read-aloud filled with rhythmic text that captures the excitement of thunder, lightning, and rain. Viau is also the author of the middle-grade novel Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head. She lives with her family in New Jersey, but loves to travel anywhere her frequent flyer miles take her. You can follow Nancy at http://www.nancyviau.com

Now here are my answers to the Blog Hop questions:

What are you working on now?
It's PiBoIdMo (Picture Books Idea Month) which means I'll be brainstorming at least one new picture book idea a day for the month of November. I'm also working on resolving a problem I'm having with a particularly pesky princess that's really giving me a hard time.
How does it differ from other works in the genre?
I can't tell you how it differs from other works in this genre because I don't want to give my idea away but let's just say the proof is in the princess.
Why do you do what you do?
 Because I'm obsessed with writing for children and if I don't write I'm just not myself. It's also a great way to give all of those voices in my head something constructive to do.
What is the hardest part about writing?
The hardest part about writing is figuring out how to turn an idea into a great story for children. Many people assume it's easy but it's really not. I'm very particular about what I write and how it can make a positive impact on my readers. Children's authors have important jobs to do.

Now, I get to tag a few more authors. Please read their bios below and take a minute to HOP over to their blogs!
Lyn Sirota is a writer and has published almost nineteen books and many articles and poems for children of all ages. She is an active member of her local and national Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and an active council member of the Rutgers University Council of Children's Literature. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and resides in New Jersey with her husband, children and three furry rescues. You can find Lyn online at: lynsirota.com. Hop on over to her blog: blog.lynsirota.com
Vikk Simmons has a traveler's soul and an explorer's spirit and the two feed her main habits: reading and writing. A confirmed dog lover, she shares her life with 7 dogs (and 2 cats). In addition to several blogs, her published works includes 3  Texas travel books, 2 teen novels, and online writing for MSN City Guides, Expedia, Blogcritics, and Squidoo. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College and is a certified journal instructor. Vikk's writing has led to local radio and television appearances, and writer conferences and workshops. She's also taught writing for a local college. Fully socialized, you can find her online at Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest. For writing, visit Down the Writer's Path. For all things dog, visit A Life with Dogs.

Naomi Gruer writes picture and chapter books.  She has published a column for Hometown Quarterly under the tagline "Mission Mompossible" and many free-lance articles.  Bmore Energy, her lifestyle blog, is a place where she can share all of her interests.  She also assists at a pre-school and teaches After School Enrichment classes at an elementary school.  When she's not writing, you might find Naomi taking pictures (outdoors), baking (something chocolate), throwing (ceramic pots) or running (with her dog).  Oh, and she has triplets plus one more! You can enjoy reading her blog, Bmore Energy here.


  1. "the proof is in the princess..." So great! Thanks for keeping the Blog Hop hoppin'!

  2. Thanks for the opportunity! It's been fun touring your blog.