Happy Book Birthday to IF I WEREN’T WITH YOU

 HURRAY!

IT’S A BOOK BIRTHDAY!

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I caught up with author Rosie Pova to see if she would be willing to share her amazing writing journey…and she said YES!  And even though it is the birthday of her brand-new picture book, IF I WEREN’T WITH YOU, Rosie is giving the presents! She’s put together a wonderful SWAG bag AND a sweet TEDDY BEAR. One lucky person will win this. To be entered, please leave a comment below and connect with Rosie on Twitter (@RosiePOV).

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Here’s a little background on Rosie. She is a children’s author, poet, wife and a mama bear of three. Ever since childhood, Rosie has been fascinated with the power of words. Her passion for writing took her on a long journey of discovery, learning, and growth, through many ups and downs, but she is grateful for all her experiences.

With her books, Rosie dreams of inviting many readers into her make-believe worlds, hoping to touch them with her words.

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 Welcome to Picture Books Help Kids Soar, Rosie!

 ME: Who were your favorite authors/illustrators when you were a child?

 ROSIE:

I grew up in Bulgaria during the communist regime and as far as I remember, children’s literature was somewhat limited. We mostly read folktales. I did have one of those old-fashioned records of Cinderella, translated in Bulgarian, and I was obsessed with that tale. I listened to it over and over.

Other favorites, also translated in Bulgarian, were One Thousand and One Nights as well as the Brothers Grimm collection.

But, I am now slowly trying to catch up and read older picture books and classics–that people who grew up here are familiar with–while keeping up with the new releases.

ME: What do you know now that you wish you had known when you first started writing for children?

ROSIE:

That I needed to read a lot more, learn about the market, and invest in my craft. I wish I knew about SCBWI sooner, what a critique group was, and how to find and join a good one. Those are some of the things that took me years to figure out the hard way!

ME: Where do you like to write/draw – inside, outside, a special area in your home, on the computer, in a notebook? And when do you find time to write?

ROSIE:

I like to write both in a notebook with a pen or pencil and in bed on my laptop. I almost always carry a small notebook in my purse as well and have drafted stories in my car while waiting to pick up kids from school or activities. But I’d write any place, any way!

ME: When during the day (or night) are you most productive? Do you set a schedule for working or do you write/draw when the muse speaks?

ROSIE:

I am definitely not a morning person but in the past, I’ve forced myself to write very early in the day if that was the only quiet, uninterrupted time I could find. Having three kids and a day job. I would set my alarm for 5 a.m. and work on a project for a couple of hours.

Nowadays, I get on my laptop as soon as I send the kids out to school and work until it’s time to pick them up, then in the evening, continue late into the night. As I write this, it’s 11:10 p.m.

ME: Why do you write for children?

ROSIE:

First and foremost, I really enjoy it. And if I made a child laugh or feel something while reading my words miles and miles away, that’s awesome! But also, there’s something humbling and magical in the possibility of being able to–even for a brief moment–influence and help shape a person’s outlook  through their early experience with books.

ME: Rosie, if you have any thoughts or advice for aspiring writers, please share. As well as anything else you want to talk about that parents, educators, and librarians might want to hear.

ROSIE:

For writers, my advice is to work hard but don’t be stubborn. Flexibility is important–learning how to let go, readjust and strategize are crucial in this business. But also, be open-minded, educate yourself enough to know when and how to apply the above. And the way to do that is by seeking help from peers and industry professionals, joining the community (SCBWI, 12 x 12, StoryStorm, ReFoReMo, Kidlit411 etc.), interacting and making connections. Read, attend conferences and workshops, write, write, write.

I used to think, oh, I’ll surely figure it all out on my own. Don’t make that mistake and waste years going in circles and learning the hard way. Today, do something new for your writing that you haven’t done yet.

I encourage parents to read to their kids and favor getting books in their hands over video game remotes.

Educators and librarians, the work you do is of such tremendous importance, it blows my mind! I applaud you and wish that great appreciation gets to you in every shape and form!

Rosie…I know everyone thanks you for your insights. And especially for the beautiful picture book that will become a favorite with young children.

Each time I do a Q&A with an author or an illustrator, I gain a valuable takeaway. Do you want to know what that is today?

“TODAY, DO SOMETHING NEW FOR YOUR WRITING THAT YOU HAVEN’T DONE YET.”

 To find out more about Rosie, please visit her at www.rosiejpova.com

IF I WEREN’T WITH YOU is available on Amazon or request a copy at your favorite Indie bookstore.

 

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Dear readers, don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the drawing for the wonderful prize package!

 And guess what? There is another book birthday tomorrow! I hope you’ll all be back to meet author/illustrator Patricia Keeler and her new picture book, LIZZIE AND LOU SEAL.

Thank you for spending your precious time with us!

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2018), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, cooking, playing Monopoly with my 8-year old grandson and fly-fishing with my husband.

Posted on April 4, 2017, in Book Birthday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. Oh this is a gorgeous book. The cover begs to be picked up and cuddled. Hopefully this will turn up on the shelves down our way. I would love to give it as a Christmas gift for our beautiful little great niece. She would only be one then but will appreciate it as she grows. Love your comments to “try something new with your writing.” Great interview Vivian and Rosie.

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  2. I do believe Rosie will be touching many readers with her words. Can’t wait to read this for myself. Thanks for sharing, ladies!

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  3. What an adorable book! Congrats, Rosie.

    And thank you for all the advice. I’ve found that my SCBWI meetings and my online critique group along with classes and blog posts/writing challenges have helped improve my writing a great deal.

    Today I will follow your advice and try something new with my writing.

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  4. Dianne glupker

    What an adorable book. I will share it with my 2 year old grandson.
    How lucky we are to share in such creative ideas.

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  5. Happiest of Book birthdays Rosie!! Congrats!
    I totally agree that learning that necessary flexibility is so very important as a writer. But oh how difficult to let go of the way I wanted it sometimes!

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  6. I’ve never thought about all of the books that I haven’t read from other countries because I grew up in the US. It would be fun to have an international book night and have my friends from foreign countries being their favorites. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. mariagianferrari

    This looks like a very sweet book! Happy Book Birthday, Rosie!! 🙂

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  8. Rosie I am so happy 😊 you persevered and met with success! I can’t wait to read this book…I just may have to add it to my collection!
    Thanks for the inspiration to keep going!💞
    Write On!
    Gabrielle

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  9. Beautiful book and beautiful words! Thank you Vivian and Rosie.
    It’s such an amazing community to read and learn from others.

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  10. So encouraging to read about others who have been a long time learning and working to be published. Beautiful book!

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  11. Happy Book Birthday, Rosie! It looks adorable and I’m sure my kids and I will love it. Great writing advice too – why waste time going in circles when there so much support out there for us? And I will try to do something new for my writing today! Thanks for a great interview, Vivian!

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  12. David McMullin

    Thank you, Rosie, and congratulations on the book.

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  13. Congratulations, Rosie! Thank you for sharing your journey and insights. Reaching out and seeking help is so important. Happy Book Birthday!

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  14. Thank you, Rosie, for sharing! I am hearing over and over, not to do this thing called writing on your own. There is so much to learn from other writers! I love your cover — the wisdom of the mother bear and the adoring look of baby bear! Looking forward to reading it!

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  15. Emmie R Werner

    THANK YOU FOR THE ENCOURAGING WORDS !!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

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  16. Congratulations, Rosie! Your book looks so lovely! I really appreciate your good advice.

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  17. Your book looks beautiful! Congratulations, and thanks for sharing your story.

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  18. Virginia Frazier

    Seems classic picture books and fairy tales never go out of style. They can provide the foundation for writing current picture books. Rosie, congratulations on “If I Weren’t With You.”

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  19. Happy Book Birthday! Enjoyed following your journey with us!

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  20. What a beautiful book! Congrats!

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  21. Jennifer Broedel

    Rosie, we chatted a bit about this in Kansas City: I also work late into the night, and also keep a pen and paper handy, though I also work on my laptop. You never can tell when the muse will strike! Congratulations on your wonderful book being released! Good luck, lady!

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  22. Midge Ballou Smith

    Congrats on your new book! Love the gentle cover art–

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  23. Oh my goodness, how beautiful! I know it’d make my 3-year-old brother delighted to read such an adorable book, I’m definitely keeping a close eye on this. Thank you for the opportunity, but even more – sharing information about this treasure of a book!

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    • Aw, thank you, Zara! It just released three days ago but maybe you’d be able to request it at your local library 🙂 I’d love for the little boy to hear the story. Good luck at the drawing, too–you never know, you might be the lucky winner who gets the bear and swag package 😉

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