I knew René thanks to Iguana magazine. A Latino magazine for children between 7 and 12 years old. He invited me to write for his blog Los Bloguitos. It was incredible that a famous author of children books made me this invitation. I said yes, of course. And now it is a pleasure to do this interview with him. And I can say that he has a children's heart.
How do you feel when you get the first copy of a new book?
It is always amazing to see the final product. After waiting for so many months (revising, editing, submitting, acceptance, editing again, illustrations etc) having the book in your hands is a
sensational experience. I remembered when I received the final copy of my first book Waiting for Papá/ Esperando a Papá, I hugged the book the entire day and even fell asleep holding it. When I woke up and saw the book next to me, I said, “It is real. I was not dreaming!
How did you become a writer?
I started writing when I was a small child in El Salvador. Then in High School, I wrote for the school paper. In college, I wrote two plays, many short stories, and a few novels. But it was not until I became an elementary teacher that I decided to write books for children. Thanks to the advice of the fabulous children’s authors Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy and Amada Irma Pérez, I decided to submit my work for publication. After trying for a year and half, I got my first book contract with Arte Público Press.
Which is your next goal?
My goal is to continue writing more multicultural children’s books. I love writing them! I have some ideas for middle grade and young adult’s novels. Maybe, I will give them a try.
Are you happy with your new book The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez?
The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez is an amazing book. It had received great feedback from blogs and newspapers. All the reviews about the book had been positive. Tom Lintern’s illustrations are magical. Take a look at the book trailer at
Who share with you this wonderful moment at your home?
I shared my books with my parents, relatives and friends. Also teachers and students at Fernangeles Elementary at great advocates of my books. I like to share my books at schools, libraries, bookstores, conferences, and workshops. For more information about me and my books, visit my website at www.renecolatolainez.com
Thanks to you René.
Leticia Teresa Pontoni.