24 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Picture Book Author Interview #22: Angela Muse

Tell us a little about you…

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Angela was born in California to a military family. This meant that she got used to being the “new kid” in school every couple of years. It was hard trying to make new friends, but Angela discovered she had a knack for writing. In high school Angela began writing poetry and song lyrics. Expressing herself through writing seemed very natural. After becoming a Mom in 2003, Angela continued her storytelling to her own children. In 2009 she wrote and published her first children’s book aimed at toddlers. Since then her family encouraged her to release several more children’s picture books.

Tell us about your latest picture book, what formats is it available in and where it can be bought?

Our latest children’s picture book, Monsters Have Mommies, is available on Amazon in kindle and paperback editions. Have you ever wondered if monsters have mommies and daddies? It turns out monsters families are a lot like our families. This monstrous tale about parents and family is perfect for children aged eight and under.
http://www.amazon.com/Monsters-Have-Mommies-ebook/dp/B00E33ENQM

What makes your picture book “special” or “sizzle”?

The concept of Monsters Have Mommies centers on family. The book is all about what parents do for their children and that idea is reinforced with the beautiful illustrations of the different monsters throughout the book.

What marketing methods are you using to promote your book?

We enrolled this book in the KDP select program at Amazon which gives authors the ability to give away free copies of the ebook version. We are also giving away paperback editions on Goodreads and Librarything.

Where and how do you get your ideas?

My ideas typically are inspired by my two little “monsters” who constantly make me laugh and surprise me.

Do you ever get writers block and what do you do to overcome it?

Yes I do. When this happens for me I put the story away for a time and then go back to it. I’ve been working on a Christmas story recently and decided to scrap it and write something completely different instead. If a story isn’t working sometimes you have to go back to the drawing board.

What advice do you have for other writers?

Writing and creating the story is only half the battle if you are an independent author. Getting your work noticed is the biggest struggle for me. Contact independent book stores who may be willing to carry works by local authors, contact bloggers who are willing to review your work and don’t be afraid to give away some books to attract an audience.

What were some of your favourite books as a kid?

I loved Green Eggs and Ham, Where the Wild Things Are and The Giving Tree.

Tell us something funny that has happened to you recently

My son had some artwork laying on a desk and one of the characters he had painted was long and green and in my mind looked like a cactus. His artwork inspired me to write Cactus Charlie about a lonely cactus searching for friendship. When I was finished with the book I showed it to my son and told him about how his cactus had inspired me to write about my own cactus. My son then informed me that he had painted a beetle not a cactus, but he liked the book anyway.

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?

You can find out what we are working on next at our website www.4eyesbooks.com.

Our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/4eyesbooks/126599224129551

Twitter handle – @amuse663

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