Thursday, October 22, 2009

5 Questions with Picture Book Author Amanda Noll

Need a fun monster themed book for Halloween? Want a refreshingly different monster under the bed story? Check out I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll ,published by Flashlight Press.
"A unique monster-under-the-bed story with the perfect balance of giggles and shivers, this picture book relies on the power of humor over fear, appeals to a child’s love for creatures both alarming and absurd, and glorifies the scope of a child’s imagination. One night, when Ethan checks under his bed for his monster, Gabe, he finds a note from him instead: "Gone fishing. Back in a week." Ethan knows that without Gabe’s familiar nightly scares he doesn't stand a chance of getting to sleep, so Ethan interviews potential substitutes to see if they've got the right equipment for the job." Read the rest of Barnes & Nobles synopsis and info here.

Here are my FIVE QUESTIONS with Amanda!

1. How did you get your idea for your book?
It came about because I wished my three year old daughter would stay in bed. It wasn’t my finest parenting moment.

2. Can you tell me a little about your road to publication?
I wrote (and rewrote) the story in mid 2005. By the end of 2005 I was submitting it to publishing houses. Flashlight Press was one of the first houses I sent it to. They held it in consideration and suggested revisions. By 2007 an offer was made. It was released in April of 2009.

3. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. What is your favorite Halloween costume?
I grew up in Australia, where we didn’t celebrate Halloween, so the dressing up was new to me. My ideal costume would be something from Dr. Who, although most people are unfamiliar with the science fiction series.

4. I am a huge music lover so I have to ask. What kind of music do you enjoy? Any favorite bands?
I love to write to music. Being a child of the 80’s and having spent my teen years in Australia, I tend to gravitate to music from: Ice House, Rick Astley, Men at Work, Crowded House, Duran Duran, and Wham. I also love ABBA.

5. Any advice to share for us writers?
Start writing. Write anything. Don’t make excuses about why you can’t write, don’t wait until the *perfect* time – it doesn’t exist.

Thank you so much, Amanda! Great answers (and I love Duran Duran, too)!

15 comments:

Rhonda said...

We'll check for this book at the library next tues. Bryan and I go there for storytime. Have a great time on your girls trip. My girls weekend is nov 7 & 8. I can't wait.

Lilfix said...

I love little monster books and this sounds fun...another one for my list of books to find and read...Hugs...

PJ Hoover said...

I love the cover and premise! Great interview!

adrienne said...

Ooh, I spotted this one in the book store the other day. Now I'll have to go back...

Solvang Sherrie said...

Great interview, Kelly!

This book sounds wonderful, too. What a fun concept :)

And I'm glad to find someone else who remembers Ice House -- love that band!!

Sophia said...

I MUST check out this book for my nephew and niece. I am certain that they will love it! Thanks so much for sharing this.

Have a fantatsic Thursday!

Keri Mikulski said...

Great interview, Kelly and Amanda!! :) Great Halloween book. :)

MG Higgins said...

Thanks to both of you for the interesting interview! I absolutely love the cover of this book.

C.R. Evers said...

I love the cover. Looks adorable! I'll have to look for this.

Denise said...

I'm listening to Duran Duran right now!

Paul Michael Murphy said...

Sounds good. Why can't I think of premises like this?

And she likes Wham! Can't beat that.

WordWrangler said...

Great interview!
oooh...I used to love Simon LeBon of DuranDuran. And Dr. Who is a show we used to watch when I was a lot younger. I'm not sure I ever understood it all - but still...it was cool. :)

Again - great interview!

peace,
Donna

Bish Denham said...

Cool story concept! I'd love to read. Nice interview too!

J.A. Palermo said...

If only all of our lesser parenting moments could wind up as great books!

The Things We Carried said...

Thanks for the great book recommend. This author inspired me to write my children's book and SEND it off!