miércoles, 1 de julio de 2009

Some words with Margot Finke

I knew Margot thanks to Tina Nichols Coury blog. Tina is an illustrator and writer.

1) Where were you born?

I was born in Bendigo, Australia, an old gold mining town in the state of Victoria. When I was three, my parents moved to Queensland, the tropical top half of Australia, and I grew up there. Later, I married an American, and after about seven years, we came with our three children to live in Oregon, USA.

2) How do feel when you write? Your feelings.

Beginning a new story is always exciting. All sorts of ideas and possibilities fly through my head. I often get great ideas in the middle of the night, usually about some part that has worried me during the day. I sneak out of bed and go to the bathroom, where I keep pencil and paper. If I don’t write my midnight epiphanies down, by morning they are gone forever!

3) Have you written since your childhood?

Yes, I have always scribbled. However, I need peace and quiet to write well, so it wasn’t until the last of our children left for college, that I began serious writing.

4) Muses are at home all the time?

Not all the time. There are rest periods when my Muse takes a vacation. These are times when I work at other things: promoting my books, adding to my Blog and Website, and working on the Manuscript’s clients send to be critiqued. Even a Muse needs occasional time off.

5) Which are your new projects?

At the moment, I am preparing for the launch of my newest book, “Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind.” Publisher: G.A.P. Illustrator: K.C. Snider. A rhyming picture book about how big changes in a child’s life can change THEM, and not always for the better. When her parents must move them far away, Ruthie suddenly becomes a brat. Her parents wonder if their sweet little girl will ever return. Then, something wonderful happens. . .
http://mysite.verizon.net/mfinke/Margot's%20Books.htm#other
(Autographed soft cover from my website. Or from Amazon. eBook downloads from Fictionwise and other places)

NOTE:
I am really excited about my publisher’s (Guardian Angel Publishing - GAP) new contract with Apple. This will make all GAP’s books, including mine, available on their Picture Book iKids Play™ application - on your iPhone. Allowing kids to color, paint, rub, and read along with touch screen technology. Apple will add the books one at a time, so mine should not take too long before they are available on iKids Play™ (iPhone).

Promoting books is very time consuming. Unless you are a famous person, or a best selling author, publishers don’t help much. Most of the work is done by the writer: organizing school visits, library readings, bookstore signings, press releases, plus newspaper and radio interviews, and picture taking. Even answering questions for an interview like this one!

Then there are the social networking sites, like Twitter, FaceBook, JacketFlap and such. Great for getting your name and the title of your latest book out there – but this all takes big bites from the hours in my day. Sometimes, I wonder if I will ever find time to write again.

And, I also have to add news of my latest book to my Website and my Blog. A new web page for “Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind,” plus frequent updates about it on my Blog, and elsewhere. WHEW!!

6)You have written nice and cute books. How do you decide to write your last book?

Ideas just pop into my head. I wrote “Rattlesnake Jam” for boys.
http://mysite.verizon.net/mfinke/Margot's%20Books.htm#other -(Autographed soft cover from my website. Or from Amazon. eBook downloads from Fictionwise and other places)

My son was a reluctant reader, and I wanted to write a picture book that was reluctant reader friendly, as well as boy friendly. Boys often won’t read “girly” books: they like yucky stuff, with lots of action and humor. Illustrator, Kevin Scott Collier, did marvelous “boy friendly” cartoon style illustrations for each verse – lots of action, plus the yucky fun boys love.

My 7 Book Rhyming Series – “Wild and Wonderful Animals,”
http://mysite.verizon.net/mfinke/Books.html#clues - tells facts about animals from the US and Australia – each book is fun as well as educational. The idea came to me after I had seen a National Geographic show on TV, about animals from all over the world.

You can BUY autographed CDs of these books from my website, or eBook downloads. Fictionwise, Reader’s Eden, and many other places also provide downloads.

7)Do you like to teach how to write for children?

On school visits, I use a PowerPoint presentation to show all my books, as well as offer short, “learning to write” lessons for older grades. The children ask the most surprising questions. I love reading them my books, and telling them about Australian animals. My school visit presentation has the recorded sounds the animals in my books make, and the Tasmanian Devil’s voice is the sound I am most often asked to repeat.


8)Tell us your website and your blog if you have them.

* My Website – “Margot Finke’s World of Writing for Children”
http://www.margotfinke.com/ - as well as details about my 9 children’s books, it also offers help to beginning writers + my “Musings” column and Manuscript Critique Service.

* My Blog – “Margot’s Books for Kids + Writing News”
http://margotfinke.blogspot.com/ - Promotes my books, as well as those of other writers, and offers writing news and articles.

9)What do you think about audio books? Will they replace paper books any day?

Kids in the USA are computer savvy. They are at home reading books on a screen. It is mostly the parents who are unsure about eBook Downloads, Books on CD, or some sort of eBook reader. Paper books are here to stay, but there is a time and a place for reading downloaded books. And voice, music and animation, will make this new book technology more and more popular. Of course the price of eBook Readers must come WAY down for this to happen.

Like any new technology, it is always expensive when it first arrives. Yet as soon as it takes hold ( look at TV, microwaves and cell phones) the prices drop, and everyone can afford them.


10)Who has made illustrations from your books?

Artists from different places have illustrated my books. Thanks to an online Turkish friend, who spoke and wrote very good English, “Kangaroo Clues” and “Never Say BOO to a Frilly” (both about Aussie animals) were illustrated by 2 Turkish artists. Aha, the wonders of the Internet! US illustrators from various states illustrated the rest of this series about animals. You can read about them here:
http://mysite.verizon.net/mfinke/Books.html#illustrations


11) Send a message to children. Many of them visit Los Bloguitos each day.

I would love to send your child readers a message:

Dear Children,

I do not speak Spanish, but if any of you can write English, I would love you to e-mail me <
mfinke@verizon.net > and tell me about YOUR favorite book, and if you also like to write stories. I promise I will reply to each e-mail.

For me, reading is like a magic carpet. Books take me to visit wonderful far away places, and the people who live there. Is reading like that for you?

FREE:
Every child who e-mails me will get the GIFT of a LINK to me reading one of my books + the illustrations.

Thank you so much for letting me visit with you on Los Bloguitos.
Margot Finke.



Thanks to you Margot.
Leticia Pontoni.