Month: June 2016

It’s June…and we’re BACK in business!

Happy Monday, folks! AND happy June!  With the start of June comes my whole new website (do you like the upgrade? Fistbump Media did a great job), and the continuation of the interview series: Monday Meet-Up. This is where we can learn from professionals in the writing and publishing business. I ask six questions, and they give their honest answers and a lot of helpful insights into the crazy, wacky, and oftentimes stressful world of BOOKS! To kick off the wonderful month of June (it’s actually my favorite month of the year), super successful children’s book author, Deborah Diesen, stopped by for an interview. She has some great picture books (one has taken off into a series! I’m hoping it’ll one day be a cartoon on the big screen!), and she also gives us some great advice about the writing profession.  AND…. To get the party started right, I will be giving away TWO of Deborah’s picture books for F-R-E-E because well, that’s how I roll! How does it work? Leave a comment HERE or in response to the interview (at the Monday Meet-Up page), and you will be entered to...

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Let’s start June off with the talented Deborah Diesen!

Monday Meet-Up for June 6, 2016:  The talented children’s book author, Deborah Diesen Please tell us a little about yourself, and how you became an author? I’m the author of several children’s picture books, including The Pout-Pout Fish series.  I’ve loved books and writing since I was a young girl, but I didn’t pursue writing actively as an adult until I reached my mid-thirties.  At that time, my kids were young and we were reading dozens of books together each week; the experience reawakened my interest in writing.  I thoroughly enjoy writing stories for children, especially writing in rhyme, because it gives me an opportunity to play with words and rhythms and characters in a fun way. Around the year 2000 or so, I began trying to have some of my children’s stories published.  I received my first contract in 2005, and my first book, The Pout-Pout Fish(illustrated by Dan Hanna), was published in 2008.  The book has since become a series (with three more Pout-Pout Fish picture books, and three more on the way); the series also includes mini-adventure board books and some novelty items like a lift-the-flap book, a sticker book, and plushes.  I also have three non-fish picture books, including the recently released Catch a Kiss (illustrated by Kris Aro McLeod).  And I have a forthcoming picture book called Bloom (illustrated by Mary Lundquist) on...

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