5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, May 19, 2017!
When Little Red Barn wakes one morning, he finds his animal friends have gone. He’s empty and alone. And then big noisy machines lift him up and put him on a truck. As Little Red is transported across the countryside, down a major river, and through city streets, he feels anxious and a little afraid. Where is he going? Who will be there when re reaches his destination?
When Little Red does finally reach his new home in a surprising location, he finds things are even better than before. The story of the little barn’s relocation and adjustment to a new place will reassure and comfort young readers facing changes in their own lives.
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) Little Red Rolls Away, is a great title! Who came up with it? Was it the original title or did it change along the way?
I came up with it and it only changed once from Little Red Barn to the current title which doesn’t mention that it’s a barn. The illustrator did a wonderful job creating Little Red from my words. One reviewer said, “Ms. Morris manages to make a little barn (Little Red) seem squishy and huggable, which is definitely no easy feat.”
2) As an author, how did your career take off?
There’s an old song with the lyrics, “I’m leaving on a jet plane.” The launch of my career was more like an early model prop plane or maybe a model plane with tons of parts. Like every author who has words to a story bouncing around in their head I was in a hurry to get them out and into the world. I joined BIW (butt in chair) and got the words out but they and I needed to go to work shops, critiques and volunteer readers (sometimes not so much volunteer as drafted). I also joined SCBWI and began the long haul of getting an agent, the market to be right and an editor who needed my book on their list. The learning curve and wait time was well worth it.
3) If you had to go back and do it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would not let deterrents, like rejection letters, self-doubt, etc. slow me down. I would place a higher priority on my writing time and listen when the muse was trying to get my attention. I would not be shy about submitting and do as Mr. Arthur Levine said in a workshop I attended, “Never let an opportunity pass you by. If the answer is no, you’ve lost nothing by trying.”
4) If you could choose one dessert or snack food that you could eat as much as you want of (and never gain an ounce!) what would it be?
I love coffee, chocolate, and nuts. It can’t get any better than Mocha Almond Fudge ice cream.
5) If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?
Kids love books. Here are some books that love kids back by helping them deal with their emotions as well as entertain them.
About the author:
Linda Whalen lives with her husband on a plot of land in Northern California. Born a city kid, she married a farm boy from the mid-west and fell in love with country life. Surrounded by family, pets and bunches of wild creatures, life is never dull. After working in and then owning her own child-care facility, Linda is now pursing her passion of writing for children. Visit Linda online at www.lindawhalenauthor.com.
5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, May 19, 2017.
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