Oct 2, 2013

Little Red Writing w/ Book, Poster, AND Pencil Giveaway


This book may seem a little familiar to some of you...as I posted a review a couple of weeks ago...and I am participating in the BOOK BLAST :)

This book is CLEVER and CUTE and AMAZING and FUN and oh so very ENTERTAINING!

It can be read simply for fun or it can be used as a teaching tool. 

To read my full review click HERE

I LOVE this book so much that I asked the author if she would do a BOOK GIVEAWAY and an INTERVIEW for MY readers...and she agreed :)

Interview with Author Joan Holub
Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
I write books for children full time now. But I got a BFA in college and started out as a graphic designer, then became a book designer, then an illustrator, then an author-illustrator. And now I love coming up with ideas and turning them into children’s books!

What do you do when you are not writing?
DIY home decorating, play poker (badly, but enthusiastically), dance, hang out, read, try to think of ways I might be able to visit to NYC and Seattle!

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I started seriously trying to write books in the mid 1990's. One of the first children’s books I illustrated was The 100th Day of School, a Scholastic early reader by Angela Shelf Medearis. The first two books I author-illustrated were Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book, also for Scholastic and Pen Pals (Grosset & Dunlap, OP).

How did you choose the genre you write in?
When I get an idea, it sort of tells me what genre it will be rather than the other way around. I write mostly fiction, but also nonfiction-fiction crossovers (Zero the Hero) and biographies (Who Was Babe Ruth?). I write board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books, and middle grade. Currently I write two series with Suzanne Williams- Heroes in Training chapter books and Goddess Girls middle grade/tween.

Where do you get your ideas?
Pretty much the same way you do. I listen to friends and random strangers and I watch people around me. I read, brainstorm, travel, and daydream to get ideas. Ideas are the easy part of writing. Developing an idea into a book with a beginning, a middle, and a satisfying end can be hard. You just never know if an idea will make a good book until you try it.

Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Not really. It helps to have several books going at once. If one stumps me, I can move to another for a while.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I outline chapter books and Middle Grade series. But I storyboard and dummy younger works such as picture books, board books, and early readers. Outlines and dummies help me with pacing and working out kinks in the plots.

What project are you working on now?
Little Red Writing just released a few days ago (yay!), so I’m off on a blog tour. And Suzanne and I are writing more in the Heroes in Training and Goddess Girls series for Aladdin/Simon&Schuster. Plus I’ve got some board books and picture books in the works with some amazing illustrators!

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Butt-in-chair is important to get work done, but also get out and experience the world to get re-energized and spark new ideas. And if one door in the publishing world shuts, learn what you can from whatever feedback you got, and then try another door.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you, for reading my books and sharing them with kids!


And now for the GIVEAWAY :)
(US Address only please)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Goddess Girls series, Aladdin, ages 8-12, by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams:

• Athena the Brain • Persephone the Phony • Aphrodite the Beauty • Artemis the Brave • Athena the Wise • Aphrodite the Diva • Artemis the Loyal • Medusa the Mean • The Girl Games (Super Special) • Pandora the Curious Pheme the Gossip Persephone the Daring

Heroes-in-Training series, Aladdin, ages 6-10, by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams:
• Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom • Poseidon and the Sea of Fury Hyperion and the Great Balls of Fire

Zero the Hero Henry Holt, picture book, 2012

Little Red Writing Chronicle Books, picture book, Oct 2013


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