Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I previously worked for a nonprofit’s publishing department in Manhattan. I started writing children’s books in 2018 and I have nine unpublished children’s books (picture books & middle grade). I have a children’s novel in the works, too.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I just finished Sammy the Bear, a picture book. It was inspired and written for my best friend, Samantha. It’s about Sammy the Bear traveling across the forest with some friends (Jenny the Fox & Kylie the Panda) to get the best honey in all the forest.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t, but if you blink too fast, I might have wrote a new children’s book.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Kristin Hannah inspires me and Paddington inspired my JoJo series. It’s a series about a cat named JoJo who goes adventures with his best friend, Jasper! It’s a picture book with a novel that is half done. I’ve JoJo, The Surf Contest, Visits the Zoo, Goes to the Park, and Plays Soccer. JoJo was the first book I wrote!
What are you working on now?
I just finished an exciting book called Riley & Scare World, it’s for fans of Monster’s Inc.
It begins on Riley’s birthday. Riley goes to the zoo and dinner with her parents, but then everything changes. She is kidnapped, by Johnny the Monster. Johnny takes Riley to his world in Scare World. The monsters are having a contest and Johnny is Riley’s coach. Riley must win the talent show, otherwise she might be in Scare World forever. What would you do, if it was you?
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m fairly new, but I’ve my own Twitter and Instagram I’m trying to build up. I also have a website.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
It’s a tough industry, but never give up! Send your manuscripts out as much as possibles or self publish, do research, and write some great stories!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I’ve been rejected from a few agents and as a response I’ve received something like “this is one person’s opinion and all you need is that one person who shares the same vision as you.” It gives me fire, confidence, and motivates me to keep sending my books out until I get the right person to read it.
What are you reading now?
I don’t have the time to read right now, but the last book I read was Night Road by Kristin Hannah.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I think I’m going to take a little break and work on getting my current books published!
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
That’s easy! The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Firefly Lane.
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