Please join me in welcoming the talented, Jessica Aday to my blog. I decided to interview Jessica after reading and reviewing her newly released book: Stella the Fire Farting Dragon. It is always such pleasure learning about how authors get inspired.
What inspired you to write Stella the Fire Farting Dragon?
I was inspired by a nephew’s smelly reaction to pizza when I was brainstorming for a topic that would induce laughter and be attractive to reluctant readers. [WARNING -Be careful what you do in front of writers it might end up in print.]
Can you tell me about your background?
I’m a closet historian. I wanted to teach history in a way that would make children love it and not dread it. I got a stroke. Unable to teach, I began writing. I started writing for adults, but found writing for children was a perfect fit. I have the heart (and mind) of a child.
How long did it take you to write the book?
It took a day to write the basic story, but it took about three months of editing, tweaking, and allowing the book to sit between drafts.
Tell about your journey to publication?
My first foray into publishing began with a humorous story about tying dozens of red ribbons in my dad’s hair when he was on a business phone call. I wrote for adults in magazines and newspapers until I became determined to write for Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. My adult works revolved around my faith and inspiring others.
I began writing for children in 2008. I’ve taken dozens of classes, researched writing techniques and read more children’s books than I can count. All of my picture books are reluctant reader friendly, humorous and teach a positive lesson.
Thank you for doing this interview Jessica. Anything else you would like to say to my readers?
I sell whoopee cushion with Stella’s picture imprinted on them.
I also have temporary tattoos with Stella’s picture. I give them away to anyone who sends me a SASE.
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