WILL WRITE FOR COOKIES
INSIGHT – INFORMATION – INSPIRATION
I’m often praising the mentors in our kid lit community. They share their expertise graciously. And our Will Write for Cookies guest is one who has led the way. I was already a fan of her award-winning books when I met Denise at a writing retreat two years ago. Her workshop on paper making was filled with passion. And during our one-on-one, she pointed out important problems in the picture book manuscript I was working on at the time.
Denise, I’m thrilled to welcome you to Picture Books Help Kids Soar!
ME: Who were your favorite authors/illustrators when you were a child?
My favorite book when I was a child was The Giant Golden Book of Cat Stories. It was full of stories and poems about cats. For my fourth birthday, my grandparents gave me a Siamese kitten. From then on I was drawn to anything written about cats.
I also read every issue of National Geographic magazine. The photographs and articles about places and animals, so different from my everyday experience, fascinated me.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started writing?
Actually, I can’t think of anything I wish I had known when I first started writing. All the info out there now on the internet, the classes and workshops would have intimidated me when I started. I just burrowed in and started reading as many books as I could and made notes of what I liked, what appealed to me.
Where do you like to write – inside, outside, special room, laptop, pen and paper?
I write most everywhere – in bed, in the tub, outside, wherever I feel comfortable at the time.
I worked on my first book in a tent in Canada with a doe keeping an eye on me.
I write on yellow legal pads with soft lead pencils.
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?
I am not a morning person. I am an owl. Most productive work starts after 3 in the afternoon.
I do not write or make book art every day. Some days I garden, work in clay, make art dolls , read, or sketch out ideas.
Why do you write for children?
Children are open to adventure. They jump into new ideas. They enjoy animals and nature. They find butterflies and bugs interesting. They paint with abandon and laugh easily. Children are a great audience. They are my people.
ME: Denise, if you have any special tips or thoughts for writers, teachers, parents…please share.
Read as much poetry as you can. Not just poetry for children, but adult poetry too.
Listen for the rhythm of the language.
Think like a child.
ME: BINGO!!!! THINK. LIKE. A. CHILD.
Denise, this is a mantra I think all of us need to embrace! Thank you so very much for stopping by to chat with us and sharing your insights.
Dear readers, if you’d like to find out more about Denise and her fabulous books:
And check out her newest book, coming in Spring 2018:
And guess what? We are not done yet! I know you are all waiting for a sweet treat.
Now, about that recipe, cooking is not really a part of my life anymore.
I do suggest you take a good-sized spoon, dip it in in the peanut butter, then into the jar of Nutella. Top this spoonful of deliciousness with a honey roasted pecan half. Yum.
May be served in spoon.
HA! I LOVE THAT! NO MUSS! NO FUSS! JUST PURE YUM!
And wait…this post has ONE MORE dollop of awesomeness thanks to our lovely guest. Denise wants to do ANOTHER GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment on yesterday’s Perfect Picture Book Friday review of 5 Little Ducks and you might be the lucky winner of a copy of Beetle Bop. AND, if you leave a comment on THIS post, you might be the lucky winner of a copy of 5 LITTLE DUCKS.
I told you this kid lit mentor was one of the best! Truly, Denise, your generosity is much appreciated.
and Denise’s other fab books.
Thank you all for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend and I wish a most Happy Father’s Day to all those who fill the role of a dad.