I always enjoy hearing from fellow authors and how things are going for them. I find it fascinating how things happened to come together for them, how they ended where they are, why they continue etc. We may be fellow children’s authors, but everyone has a unique story. One that is truly unique to them. I thought it would be nice to share one such story, that of my fellow author buds, JD Holiday.
Author and illustrator, J.D. Holiday is the author of three children’s books: Janoose the Goose, The Spy Game, and a chapter book for six to eight year olds, THE GREAT SNOWBALL ESCAPADE: and for adults, a collection of short stories, STORIES AND IMAGININGS FOR THE READING SPOT. She has written a variety of short stories and articles. She is a member of both The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is also a pod caster and blogger at: JD’s Writers Blog
I asked JD to share a blurb with us from her books.
Janoose the Goose ~ Janoose likes life in the barnyard very much. She is there visiting her cousin, Molly Duck and her baby, DeeDee. Her vacation is over and Janoose must go home because there are no job openings on the farm. When her flight home arrives, the fox has begun a crime spree. Though the farm animals had a farm watch program once, they were no good at it! Janoose is the only one who can stop him!
THE GREAT SNOWBALL ESCAPADE is about Wilhemena Brooks’cousin, Bud Dunphry come to live with her family. Wil, as she likes to be called, finds her pink pencil sharpener is missing after Christmas. Wil knows Bud has it! Who else would have taken it? Bud doesn’t like girls! In fact, Bud doesn’t like anybody. Wil tries to ignore him but he pulls her friend’s hair, takes over games, and when Bud is in trouble he making his “you’re going to get it” face at her. After a snowstorm closes school, Wil and her friends go sled riding. Bud shows up and starts a snowball fight which lands Wil in her room for the rest of the day for fighting. When her pencil sharpener is found, right where she left it, Wil decides she has to try harder to understand her cousin and stay out of trouble. Her mother told her to be nice to Bud and to treat him like she would like to be treated. If Wil treats Bud nicely does that change anything for her?
The Spy Game ~
Eddie would love to have a puppy to play with. A puppy would pull on a rope. Catch a ball and lick your face. But his Uncle brings Eddie an older dog named about a famous spy. What can you do with an old dog? It probably couldn’t learn new tricks, and the only thing this dog did was stare. It’s what they find to do together that makes them the best of friends.
STORIES AND IMAGININGS FOR THE READING SPOT ~ A Collection of Short Stories For Adults ~be entertained and amused from Anne and Romanoff’s naughty pack, Stephanie finds trouble with a wounded cat and a remorseful landscaper; and the beach cottage that brings Cheney’s nightmares of the Sci Fi warrior into focus in Stories & Imaginings For The Reading Spot~
I now invite you to look in on a conversation Rosie and I recently had.
When did you decide to become a writer?
When I was a child I had no idea that the clicking of the keys, the zip of the carriage return or the ding of the bell as my father wrote week nights and weekend on his mystery manuscripts using an old typewriter would lead me to writing. But it did. All I know is that the mechanics of writing must have lain dormant in my head for years. But it was when a friend asked me to help with a manuscript she was writing that I knew it was for me. That experience proved to be natural and fun. I was addicted.
What is your next project?
I am current working on pictures to a sequel to my first children picture book, Janoose The Goose called; Janoose And The Fall Feather Fair co-written with my grandson when he was 6 years old. Luke is now 10.
Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas comes straight out of my childhood and the relationships with my family.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
Yes, but I can write at anytime I have as idea. I usually write or paint my picture for my books from 11 AM to about 2:30 PM weeks. That’s will I have the most time.
Any advice for aspiring authors?
To make sure they edit manuscripts many times. So important.
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