Today I am happy to introduce you to a fellow kid lit author and friend, C.L. Murphy.She lives in a wonder-filled forest, amongst the wildlife with her husband and other untamed animals. They have two wildly perfect sons and a scrumptious new granddaughter. The inspiration for her series, The Adventures Lovable Lobo came from a wolf pup that she raised for over 14 years.
C.L. Murphy or Cathy (C.L.) has been creating with and for kids, for many years, she’s ever armed with crayons and not afraid to use or share them. She’s faster than a speeding turtle, more powerful than a newborn bunny, and nearly able to leap tall tales in a single bound. She’s in a position to use her unassuming powers in a never-ending battle for good and silliness while traveling to the deepest (sometimes dark) part of her imagination. She’s been a member of SCBWI since 2012.
About the Book:
Title: The Adventures of Lovable Lobo – Selfies in the Wild
Written and illustrated by C.L. Murphy
Published by Peanut Butter Prose
Date published: August 1, 2016
Recommended ages: 3 to 7
Number of pages: 28
Lobo and his sidekick raven find a trail camera in their neck of the woods, and it attracts the attention of forest friends. Images captured have never been sillier or more candid. Just as their wild dispositions are exposed, the photo shoot comes to an unexpected end and they’re all left wondering why. The reason may be obvious.
Available on Amazon.
I received a free eCopy of this book for an honest review. What an adorable book! I read this to my 7-month-old, and he giggled the entire time. It is targeted for young readers, but parents will enjoy reading it as well. Lobo and his friends find a trail camera in the wild and take a bunch of selfies. (They might have been why my son was so in love because he already takes selfies!) C. L.’s sense of humor really comes through in the illustrations, some of the selfies are pretty funny! Finally, the battery runs out and they think they broke it.
I thought it would nice to learn more about Cathy, and her creative process.
What is your editing process like? Do you have help from anyone?
I have a critique partner and I ask for input from friends, family and any little peep that I can borrow off the streets (with their parents’ permission). I have the most amazing editor. Susan Hughes (http://myindependenteditor.com) is a delight to work with, a true professional and always exceeds my expectations. I would encourage any author that needs a good editor (and who doesn’t?) to give her a try. She’s currently offering a free sample edit of up to 1000 words to anyone interested in seeing what editing can do for their writing.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I find the early morning’s undisturbed air to be the most productive time of the day, so I’m up before dawn. If I’m stuck on something I go for a walk in the woods, and talk it out…vocally and out loud for all the world to hear. I also believe the blabber may deter any bear or other predator attacks. There may be neighbors (and some wild animals) that think of me as that crazy, bear spray packing lady that talks and laughs to herself. Who knows?
How do you think you’ve evolved in your writing?
“Practice makes perfect,” or so they say. I’m incredibly imperfect, but I’m learning and evolving every step of the way. My understanding of the process has grown exponentially, as has the realization of how much work is involved and how dedicated one has to be to their craft.
I’ll be working on gaining my sanity back after the blog tour.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors you would like to share?
I’d say to study your genre by reading everything you can get your hands on in it. Watch what successful authors are doing and stay up-to-date in the publishing industry. Grow a very thick skin because not everyone is going to like or appreciate what you create. Hurtful things may be said.
Can you give us an insight into your main character? What does he do that is so special?
Lovable Lobo is a wolf pup with a raven sidekick, Roxy. Not many may know that he is a vegetarian. He considers himself a herbivore. He’s friends with all and every furry, feathered and scaled forest friend and couldn’t imagine eating any of them. Unaware of how he may be perceived by others, he goes about his life with kindness and tries to live up to his lovable name.
Last question, what is your favorite ice cream flavor?
In a cone, I want mocha or chocolate flavors with nuts and/or caramel. In a bowl, give me scoops of a good quality vanilla in a puddle of hot fudge.
Thank you so much for stopping by Cathy. I hope you’ve enjoyed this behind the scenes look at C.L. Murphy’s new book, Selfies in the Wild, and getting to know a little more about the author.
Join the Selfies in the Wild Blog Tour and follow Cathy all month long to see where Lobo’s antics take them, and what happens in the wild. You can visit her at the following links below for more information. Be sure to watch the book trailer for Selfies in the Wild, and enter the giveaway for you chance to win! If you have any comments you would like to share, please do so and Cathy or I will get back to you.
Prize: One winner will receive a $200 Amazon gift card or $200 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice
Giveaway ends: August 31, 11:59 p.m., 2016
Open to: Worldwide
How to enter: Please enter the Rafflecopter HERE.
Terms and conditions: There is NO purchase necessary to enter or win. One winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget within 48 hours and notified by email once the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
For the next stop of the Selfies in the Wild Blog Tour, please visit Rhonda Paglia, Children’s Author
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Selfies in the Wild in preparation for this interview and for joining the Blog Tour.