Today I'm once again counting my blessings as I interview guest author, Jo Linsdell. I truly am a lucky lady liv'n the dream and days like this when I'm able to chat with another author make me incredibly grateful. Please join me in getting to know a bit more about Author Jo Linsdell, an accomplished cross-genre author, Out and About at the Zoo is her first children's book.
|Author Jo Linsdell|
With two active children around, how do you find the time to write?
It's not easy. I write when I can. I make the most of nap times and grab 5 minutes here and there when the kids are playing. Having a play box for the little one to go in was the best €32 I think I ever spent ;) I try to get larger jobs done after the kids are in bed and I'm often up until late. I love what I do though and so I'll always find time for it.
You write on a wide variety of topics and have an impressive collection of work. Why did you decide to write a children’s book?
Thanks :) Yes I've written a wide variety of genres and like to experiment with my writing. With two young children I was already making up children's stories on a regular basis and and one day my four year old asked me why I hadn't written a story for him. I figured he made a good point. It was also a chance to use my art and design skills as I'm also the illustrator.
Specifically for Out and About at the Zoo, what motivated this particular story?
Out and About at the Zoo came about because my son told me to write a book for him. He's four years old and full of questions. He's always shown a big interest in my writing and loves to know what I'm doing on the computer. I wrote 'Out and About at the Zoo' using our recent trip to the zoo as inspiration. Like most kids his age, he loves animals and seeing them up close was an amazing experience for him.
I enjoyed the experience so much I'm already working on my next children's book.
In general, what do you think makes a compelling story?
I think a story needs to have good characters. Whether it's the illustrations in a children's picture book or the leading lady in a romance novel, the reader needs to be able to connect with them in some way. An element that keeps people turning the pages from start to finish. In Out and About at the Zoo it's a questions of what animal the child will see next and what it will be doing. For a novel there should be the same questions of what's going to happen next to keep the reader reading.
When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?
About the time I could hold a pen. I've always loved making up stories and creative writing was one of my favourite lessons at school.
Who were the biggest influences on you as a writer?
I get inspiration from everywhere and don't think I'll ever stop learning about writing, publishing and the writing industry. So far all my books have come about because someone asked me to write them.
So I guess my biggest influence is my public.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
So many... I love Dean Koontz and Sophie Kinsella but also the classics. I'll read pretty much anything and everything. One of my all time favourites is Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt and I'll never forget reading Anne Franks Diary. It's fair to say that my taste in books to read is as varied as the genres I write.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Spend time with my family, read, work out on my wii. Now the summer's here going to the beach is definitely high on my list.
What advice, if any, would you give to a mother of young children?
Cherish every moment you get with your kids and always let them know how much you love them. They grow up so fast!
What advice, if any, do you have for aspiring authors?
It's never too earlier to start marketing. Even before you've finished your first draft you should be building a network and fan base. This might seem a bit strange but the more contacts you can make and followers you have, the easier it will be to market your book when it's ready for release.
Out and About at the Zoo is available at Amazon, AmazonUK, CreateSpace. To find out more about Jo, check out her website at http://www.jolinsdell.com/id20.html
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