This week I am excited to be participating in the Children's Author Blog Hop! For the hop, participating authors answer four identical questions and then invite three more authors to join in the hop. I was thrilled to be invited to participate in the hop by children's book author Brianna Caplan Sayres.
Brianna Caplan Sayres is a children's book author. Her picture books include WHERE DO DIGGERS SLEEP AT NIGHT? (Random House, 2012), TIARA-SAURUS REX (Bloomsbury, 2015) and WHERE DO STEAM TRAINS SLEEP AT NIGHT? (coming from Random House in 2016).
Brianna's other job titles have included elementary school teacher, adjunct faculty member at Bank Street College of Education and (most important) "Mommy".
Brianna is represented by Teresa Kietlinski of Prospect Agency. You can check out her blog at http://briannasbookstop.blogspot.com/
And now my answers to the four questions...
1.What are you working on right now? Well, at the moment I am in marketing and promoting mode. My YA Fantasy, The Awakening, was just released and I'm trying to get it out there into the public eye.
2. How does it differ from other works in the genre? The Awakening is a great, and complete fantasy adventure. I've noticed a lot of writers cutting their books into parts,and this is one stand alone book. The characters are fun and act their ages. The story is appropriate for any age level.
3. Why do you write what you do? I write because I really wish magic existed. I can't remember a time when I wasn't wrapped up in the fantasy world. My favorite movies as a child were Labyrinth, Mary Poppins and The Never Ending Story. I can't exist without magic, and storytelling is how I make it real.
4. What is the hardest part of writing? The hardest part is all the rewrites. So much goes into that first draft, and it is only the beginning of the process. All the edits take so much time and you just want to send that book out to publishers, but the process is always worth it and you get a better book.
And now for the three amazing children's book authors I get to share with you on this hop:
Shannon Messenger- Shannon has an amazing blog, and every Monday she is the ring leader for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday. She's the bestselling author of the middle grade series, KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES, and the SKY FALL series for young adults. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at shannonmessenger.com.
Next we have, Laurisa White Reyes and her blog. She is the author of The Celestine Chronicles, a fantasy series for middle grade readers. Book I: The Rock of Ivanore came out in 2012, Book II: The Last Enchanter came out in 2013. Book III: The Seer of the Guilde will be released in 2015. Her debut young adult novel, a sci-fi thriller called Contact came out in June 2014 with Hallowed Ink Press.
In addition to writing, She is also a book editor with Hamilton Springs/Xchyler Press and the Editor-in-Chief of Middle Shelf: Cool Reads for Cool Kids, a magazine for middle grade readers. Find her online at http://www.laurisawhitereyes.com/ .
And number three is Kevin Emerson. He writes both YA and Middle Grade. His most recent release is Far Dawn, the final book in the Atlanteans Trilogy. I first came across his writings with Scholastic and the Oliver Nocturne series. You can find him online at http://www.kevinemerson.net/