First off, thank you to Michelle of Albert Whitman & Company for the blog tour invitation. I'm delighted to introduce my readers to the writings of Hilary McKay, the author of the fun, loving Lulu series and a special thank you to Ms. McKay for a marvelous interview with LadyD Books.
|For more information, visit Hilary's website|
Tell us a bit about your book and where it’s available.
I have a new series out in America about a little girl called Lulu who loves animals. There are two published at the moment, and four more to come.
What was the inspiration for your book?
All the animals I have ever loved!
What was your aim for this book? What did you want readers to think and feel when reading it?
I wrote the Lulu books as early chapter readers. I was trying to tell amusing stories in a very simple form.
Do you have any other books currently available?
Yes, I have lots of books currently available, notably The Casson Series, and my newest of the new: Binny for Short.
What will you be working on next?
The sequel to Binny, and two more Lulu books.
How did you originally get into writing?
I wrote a book to see if I could and it won a major award here in the UK. That got me my first US publisher.
What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
I like the independence, and the feedback I get from readers. I like the creativity. If I get paid I like that too.
What do you find hardest about being a writer?
Making myself sit down and do it!
Who or what would you count as your main influence?
Goodness! All the books I have ever read. All the people I have ever met. All the jokes I ever heard. All the places I ever lived. It's a patchwork, my writing, I just put bits together until they make a pattern and sound nice.
What do you enjoy reading?
Non fiction at the moment. Right now I am reading a wonderful book called The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elizabeth Tova Bailey
Who is your favorite author?
I don't have one. I don't even have twenty. I have hundreds.Thank you, Hilary McKay. These two delightful chapter books are just right for young readers, especially early beginners and Lulu will certainly capture your heart. I'll be giving away one of these special children's books. Look for details near the end of this post. These books are from Albert Whitman & Company (www.albertwhitman.com) and e-books are available from Open Road Media (www.openroadmedia.com)
What would be your ideal writer’s haven for creating your book? Would you have a desk in a quiet cabin somewhere or an iPad on the beach?
Not the beach! I'm not fond of sand in any sort of quantity. A lighthouse would be good. Or there is a lovely balcony outside the Ufizzi in Florence (where they serve truffles on toast). That would be nice.
|Illustrations Book #1|
5/stars, highly recommend.
Lulu and the Duck in the Park (Book 1)
Lulu and the Duck in the Park are nominated for a Kiddo Award. You can Vote, too!
Lulu: Lulu and the Dog from the Sea (Book 2)
|Book #3: Lulu and the Cat in the Bag |
will be available in Fall 2013.
|Hilary McKay Lulu Blog Tour|
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Contest ends midnight, April 11, 2013
Winner announced April 12th.
Good luck everyone!
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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