The sixth and last book in my ‘Small Folk Tales’ series is one more small collection of tales and rhymes for an ‘out loud’ reader to share with the smallest of their precious folk, or delightful for the early reader, as well. Once again, this is not a picture book as such, but photos and clipart have been carefully chosen to enhance my words. Cute story names like ‘Come Clean Fergus’ and ‘Missy, the Feline Feastress’, and rhymes like ‘Jesse the Rocker’ will give pleasure and entertainment to reader and listener alike.
Targeted Age Group: 3-7 yoHow is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I believe it’s the ‘child within’ that makes me love this chosen genre of children’s books so much. When childhood memories are happy, it seems perfectly natural to relive them vicariously through the small folk in my books.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Make sure you do a heap of ‘moodling’ (mental doodling, dreaming, toying with ideas), and scribble notes from your thoughts. Maybe a basic concept, or a theme, or a character will develop. Maybe not. But if you find the ‘rough diamond’, write it as fast as you can with no care for anything but the soul of your words. Then polish, edit, tweak, edit again and polish again… until it’s the best you can possibly make it at this stage. And never, ever give up.
I am a wife, mother and grandmother; and I have been – a Secretary, Lifeline telephone counsellor, a Community Careworker – and a farmer throughout each of these, now living on a retirement farm with hubby, dogs, cats, hens and beef cattle. But first and foremost, I am a ‘born-again’ writer, after shelving my creations some decades ago. A few years back I retrieved them, dusted them off and with the help of some heavy editing and today’s technology, now present them in e-book format, starting with this first ‘Small Folk Tales’ series. I am dedicated to enticing children into becoming tomorrow’s bookworms – maybe some will be tomorrow’s authors? If my words can inspire and challenge this desire, I will have my greatest reward.
Many Life happenings conspired to inspire these tales. Some developed from simple events in our own children’s lives, other from observations of other children. Others again were germinated from stories that began their lives a couple of decades ago – last century, in fact – certainly proving the truth of the song ‘everything old is new again’.