Animal stories for kids: An Interview with Hattie!

4b9d4-hattieinjpegThis morning I have the pleasure of interviewing Hattie the chicken, an important character in the story, Charlene The Star And Hattie’s Heroes.

“Good morning, Hattie. I’m excited that you are my guest today.”

“Oh, thank you so much for inviting me. I’m honored to be here. You can tell how happy I am because I’m hopping around flapping my wings, like I always do if I’m excited.”

“Well, let’s start with our interview, Hattie.”

Hattie, how did you get your name?

“My mama said that when I was born I had a piece of shell stuck on my head. It made her think that I would like wearing hats. I Love to wear my pretty bonnets. Whenever you see my pictures in Charlene The Star And Hattie’s Heroes, you’ll notice I’m wearing a hat. It’s part of who I am.”

Can you tell us a little bit about your book, please?

Of course, Charlene The Star And Hattie’s Heroes is a funny story about some of my animal friends. You’ll meet Charlene the Star, a beautiful red horse. She is rather famous for her particular talent, but she is looking for something fun to do in her spare time, when she’s not in horse shows. Charlene gets an excellent idea that all of her animal friends should get together to start our own business. We help horses with training problems. We have a lot of fun, too.”

Did you have a specific job in the story?

“Yes, I guess you could say I was something like a publicity agent. You see, I have very nice “beakmanship”, since I write with my beak so I wrote ads for our town newspaper, The Gazette.

Who are some of the other characters in the book?

“Wooliam the sheep is important to the story. He has a dream and we all work together to make it come true. You will also meet our clients, Lily and Lucky.

We all work together to help them reach their goals.”

What would you like your readers to remember most about your book?

“I hope that they remember that teamwork and friendship is very important. Our story is full of important life lessons, and we love entertaining our young readers, while they learn these valuable things.”

Thank you so much for being an excellent guest today, Hattie. It was great fun learning about your book.”

“You’re most welcome, Deanie. I enjoyed my time with you.”

A character interview with Charlie the Horse

Today we’re going to interview the main character from my second book, Charlie the Horse. His story is now available in a second edition on Kindle.

“Charlie, I’m so excited to have you as my guest today. 

“Thanks, Deanie, I’m happy to be here too.”

Charlie, have you always known what you wanted to do when you grew up?

Yes, I think I’m lucky to have wanted to be a famous racehorse, even when I was a baby. I used to talk about it with my mom. I told her I wanted to be a well-known racehorse like my dad, Charles the Great.”

 How did you discover that you liked running?

 “One day I played tag with my friends, Glory and Buddy. We ran around the field to see who was the fastest. It turned out that I won, but I tried to encourage my friends, because they were quite close to me. More importantly,

they tried their best. Besides, it was just a little game, not a real race.”

  • Did you have trouble with your training in the beginning?

“In the beginning, I thought that that learning to become a good racehorse wouldn’t be very tricky at all. But I found out through experience that it was not as easy as I imagined. For example, I had no idea what was supposed to happen when I was in the starting gate, I wondered if I should just get out because it was a narrow space. Then when I heard the bell, instead of running, I stopped and looked around. It took me a little while to figure out I was supposed to run as fast as I could when the bell rang.”

 

  • What was the hardest thing for you to learn?

“One of the hardest lessons for me to remember was to focus on my work. I was always tempted to eat the flowers that were on the outside of the race track, instead of thinking about running as fast as I could. Eventually, I found out that if I wanted to be the first one to the finish line, I couldn’t stop for snacks!

  •  What else would you like your readers to remember, Charlie?

I hope they learn to set goals because I think that’s something they need to do if they want to succeed. It helps keep them motivated and reminds them to stay focused on what they want to achieve. There was another lesson I learned from a very wise friend.

  • Who do you think would most enjoy your story, Charlie?

I think any child between about 7-10 years old would love it, and also children who like horses would enjoy this story because I tell it from my own point of view and it is amusing. Kids can read about funny things I’m thinking as well. If I had to sum it up for you I would say it’s a captivating story, with important life lessons.

“Thank you for chatting with me today, Charlie. It’s been fun finding out about your story.”

“You’re most welcome, Deanie. I love kids and I hope they have fun reading about my adventures.”

Conquering the pitfalls…

As authors,we all have days when we can’t find the words that would help hone our message. Sometimes we can’t find an idea that will engage our readers. Mostly I think it’s fears that creep in and try to spoil everything for us. Are we going to let those doubts take a victory lap? Here’s what we can do to pulverize those trepidations:

Don’t let failure have power over you: Everyone hates failure because we remember how it hurts. We remember the disappointment when we fall short of our goals. What can you do to turn things around? Remember that failure is a great teacher. Let your last mistake help lead you to victory. If your sentences were too long, go after those unnecessary words. Was conflict the culprit? You can add more tension and more struggle to your main character. There’s always a solution and you can find it with a little effort.

  • Have someone you trust read over your work: That doesn’t mean you should ask your mom or your best friend to critique your work. Are you wondering why? If I asked my mom, she’d say anything I wrote was stupendous. She’d be convinced I’d be a shoo-in for the Pulitzer Prize! Is that going to help you write your best story? It’s not likely. You need to have an objective person check over your work. That person who’s most likely to find your flaws so you can correct them.
  • Remember, there will always be those with the wet blankets: Keep in mind that there are people who will always tell you what you are seeking is impossible. They’ll be anxious to pour water on your parade! How do they know? You may not even know what you’re capable of, so how could other people know for sure? There are people who are naturally negative. Block out their opinions. Positive thoughts and actions are what will help you triumph over adversity.
  • Revise, revise and revise more: If you’re anything like me, you don’t do your best work on the first effort. I revised my first book, Tails of Sweetbrier at least 13 times. Don’t be satisfied with anything that isn’t your best effort. Your readers deserve nothing short of your best.
  • Look for over used words: Keep in mind how easy it is to use the same phrases over and over. When you reread your work do you find too many unnecessary words like ” I guess” or ” I think?” Look for words that don’t advance your plot. If words or phrases are not helpful, why are they still there?
  • Perseverance is the key to success: No matter what you tackle in your life, perseverance is the one ingredient you can’t be without. If you never give up on your dreams, you will prevail!

I hope these suggestions help you write something amazing. Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog!