Annette Bay Pimentel: Will Write for Cookies PLUS Giveaway

WILL WRITE FOR COOKIES

Plate of Cookies

INSIGHT – INFORMATION – INSPIRATION

FOR WRITERS

TODAY’S GUEST

2016 Head shot

ANNETTE BAY PIMEMTEL

One of my favorite things to do is to check out the blogs of authors, illustrators, and educators…I always find amazing resources and amazing people! Last year, when I hopped over to our guest’s website, I fell in love with her books and with her mission to bring history alive for young children.

Last year, Mountain Chef  (Charlesbridge, 2016) which next month will be awarded the National Council of Social Studies’ Carter G. Woodson Award. Here’s the link.  Next year, Girl Running  (Nancy Paulsen: 2018), and the year after that, Ann Brooks Goes West (with her piano) (Nancy Paulsen: 2019)…I hope Annette never stops!

Welcome, Annette! Thanks so much for stopping by to chat. I know my readers are excited to hear more about your writing journey.

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

ANNETTE: My first grade teacher read us the new Richard Scarry Busytown mysteries (oh how I age myself!) and I was totally entranced by his vision of a town filled with all sorts of different creatures with different backstories and different motivations that could be uncovered. Obviously his story was fiction, but in some ways it seemed more true to the multi-cultural city I lived in than the Sally, Dick, and Jane books that were our usual fare.

Girl Running cover

ME: What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started writing?

ANNETTE: I wish I’d known that—at least so far!—I would never discover the secret that would make it easy. Every project has its own challenges and problems—but also its own pleasures and delights.

ME: Where do you like to write – inside, outside, special room, laptop, pen and paper?

ANNETTE: I write at my treadmill desk. My handwriting is horrible, so I draft on the computer, though I do at least one revision by hand, sometimes with literal scissors and tape.

treadmill

ME: When do you write – early morning, late in the day, middle of the night, on schedule, as the muse strikes?

ANNETTE: I write during the day while my children are at school.

ME: Why do you write for children?

ANNETTE: I love the magic that happens when artist and writer collaborate, so picture books feel like the most wonderful spot in the publishing world.

ME: Thank you so very much, Annette. And I agree…it is definitely magic when artist and writer meet and create a wonderland for kids! Kind of like a batch of the Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies you gave of the recipe for!

ANNETTE: Here’s a recipe for Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies, based on a recipe by Mollie Katzen in her wonderful cookbook, Still Life with Menu. My family desperately wishes I had a photo of them to send you, as they would like to eat them, but no time to bake them up now.

Cream together:

3/4 c. butter

1/2 c. white sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar

 

Mix in: 

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. peppermit extract

Add:

1 1/2 c. white flour

1/4 c. cocoa

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 c. chocolate chips

Bake about 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven. 

cover mountain chef

To find out more about Annette: annettepimentel@gmail.com

Dear friends…thank you for stopping by and spending your precious time with Annette and me. Annette is generously offering a copy of Mountain Chef…so don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway.  And also don’t forget to leave reviews for your favorite authors on Amazon and Goodreads.

And an update on our visit to Mass General in Boston…Stuart’s cardiac catherization went well…and we should be bringing him home later today!!! Thanks to all who kept us close to their hearts and sent loving thoughts and healing prayers.

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 October 21, 2017, in Cookie recipe, Uncategorized, Will Write for Cookies and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Great to learn a bit about you and your process, Annette. That treadmill desk is an awesome idea! Congratulations on your success. And Vivian, I am glad to hear things went well with your husband! Thanks for the post.

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  2. Great titles from Annette! I especially love the subtitle for Mountain Chef And I’m very intrigued to read the story. And, yes, it never gets any easier. In fact, I’d say it gets harder as we continually challenge ourselves to go beyond where we’ve gone before. But that is a good thing!
    So glad your husband is doing better, Vivian!

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  3. Thank, Vivian, for the update on your hubby, and for this interview. I think each one of these books is a winner’ highlighting the kind of people I would find fascinating!

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  4. Thanks for the update on your husband. Excellent news!! And thank you for the insider interview with this author. I’m not sure I could write and walk at the same time–great exercise idea and a great way to keep the energy flowing.

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  5. An netted finds the most interesting subjects to write about. Love learning about people’s contributions and or achievmments.

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  6. Kathy Mazurowski

    So glad your husband is doing well. It can be a scary time. You are in my positive thoughts.
    Thanks for sharing Annette’s book and info.

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  7. Annette, congratulations on the Carter G. Woodson Award and on your upcoming releases! Vivian, I’m so glad your husband is on the way home and doing well. Best wishes for both of you!

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  8. I’m impressed! A treadmill desk! I can’t wait sit to add another one of your titles to my collection!

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  9. Annette, thank you for writing Mountain Chef. The story is skillfully written. I consider it a mentor text and have checked it out from my local library several times. Vivian, thank you for doing this interview and spreading the word about Annette and Mountain Chef.

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  10. Vivian, thanks for the good news update on your husband. And thanks for an interesting interview with Annette. I look forward to reading it and will watch for her upcoming books.

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  11. mariagianferrari

    So glad to hear it went well, Vivian–hugs to you & your husband!! 🙂

    And congrats, Annette!! I am so excited to read Girl Running!!

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