Book Blog Tour

I was tagged by my friend Jennifer Marsh Morris to participate in a blog tour. I've known Jennifer several years now (hell we were even roomies at a conference) and she's ALWAYS busy! She has two books out soon: the first is called The Ice Cream Shop. It's being released by Scholastic next summer (2014) A second book called The Sea Monster is scheduled for the fall. Here are the critters who inspired the stories  ...


... read more about Jenn's books here http://jemorris.blogspot.com/2013/04/i-was-tagged-by-my-friend-sue-fliess-to.html

 Here are the questions that I am supposed to answer...

1) What is the working title of your next book?
The title is 'One Word Pearl' written by Nicole Groeneweg.


2) Where did the book idea come from for the book?
Nicole is the winner of The National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation Annual National Children’s Book of the Year Award Contest - the winning book is published by Charlesbridge Publishing. It's a very cute story about  a little girl who loves to collect words!

3) What genre does your book fall into?
 It's a picture book.

 4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmm ... I think it would be an animated story. I am thinking Emma Watson for Pearl.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Pearl loves to collect words and uses them whenever she can - until one day the words go crazy and chaos ensues!

6) Who is publishing your book?
Mackinac Island Press, an imprint of Charlesbridge.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
In this case the manuscript was already written, so my job was to create a rough layout of the book which took me about 2 weeks.




8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I think Pearl would relate to Madeline, Fancy Nancy, Lady Bug Girl.

9) Who or what inspired you to write and/or illustrate this book?
Pearl reminded me of ME in a way, I was always cutting out words and pictures and making up stories when I was young, so it wasn't hard to relate. The story also allowed me to work in a more abstract way with some of the images and with collage, the language used is a lot of fun and inspiring!


10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?


Definitely the use of words. This is a great book for teachers to use with young children, to get them thinking about words and how they can be used in with the core curriculum. I hope the reader will enjoy the fun pictures too!

Pearl is available on pre-order http://www.amazon.com/One-Word-Pearl-Nicole-Groeneweg/dp/1934133531/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1366981322&sr=8-1

Here is the next link on this blog tour... Russ Cox at Smiling Otis Studio! /hazelmitchell/2013/04/book-blog-tour.html

Toodles!
Hazel

1,2,3 by the Sea - publication day giveaway!

'1,2,3 by the Sea' is officially here!


And to celebrate I'm having a giveaway for 2 lucky winners!
TO ENTER
FOLLOW THIS BLOG 
AND LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST. 
(Alternatively send me an email if your comment will not post, to hazel-mitchell@hotmail.com)
Open internationally - draw will be made from entries 10pm ET March 8th 2013.

There will be TWO great first prizes ...

Prize ONE will be a signed copy of the book
and the ORIGINAL cover sketch, also signed!


Prize TWO will be a signed copy of the book
and a signed giclee print of the first page.


 Which one would you like to win?
Good luck!

(remember you must be a follower of the blog and leave a comment on this post to be in the draw!)
 
Toodles - Hazel
'1,2,3 by the Sea' is available to buy on line at 

 and the print is available on my ETSY store.





What's My Style?

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT MY STYLE IS?
and the second question
HOW DO I GET ONE?
And here's the thing - most of us already have a style. 
Writer's call it VOICE. 'What is our voice? Where does it come from? 
How do we capture it and nurture it and grow it?'  
As a writer VOICE is the choices we make, the words we use, the cadence, the point of view, 
the quality that makes the writing unique - and recognizable.
And emerging illustrators struggle with all the same issues, especially the 'recognizable' one. 

The one that will make us 
STAND OUT FROM THE REST.
 Arthur Rackham


Toodles!
Hazel