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Mini Interview with the authors of "Monkey Made Dream"
What inspired you to write?
Tom: I started writing just as an outlet to express myself through story telling. Song writing is the same way for me. I enjoy telling a story that takes a person somewhere that they can relate to.
Heather: I enjoy writing as a way to escape to a different place and look at ideas in different ways. It is fun to see where a story can go.
Can you share with us a little about your current book?
Tom & Heather: This is a story about a little girl who wakes up for school one morning and finds that her little brother has been replaced by a monkey in his bed. The story takes you through their day as the little girl tries to explain to everyone about the monkey wearing her brother’s clothes. There is a twist at the end of the story when the truth of the story is revealed.
What type of book promotion works for you? Any special strategies you’d like to share?
Tom & Heather: Well, this is our first children’s book that we have written, so we are just enjoying the whole process. We self published this book ourselves and our publishing company has been helpful. The book is on several web sites – Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Book World and others. We are looking into a marketing plan that will feature this book in many avenues. Also, our World of Ink Book Tour will help get our book out to many outlets, hopefully, with some helpful reviews. On the local side, we are having a book signing day in two local communities near us. We will also use Facebook to get our children’s book out to the public.
What is the most difficult part of writing?
Tom: Coming up with an idea for a story is the easy part. Finishing the story is the hard part.
Heather: I think organizing thoughts and fully developing a story can be difficult.
How do you see the future of book publishing, both traditional, electronic, and print on demand?
Tom: It seems that self-publishing will grow, because there is an outlet for new writers through the Internet. Electronic books seem to be growing if looking around at an airport is any indication, but there is still something about holding a hard cover book and a cup of coffee.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Tom: Just keep writing every day.
Heather: Enjoy the process!
I thank you for taking the time to share with me and my readers about being an author.
About the Authors:
Tom Listul wrote Monkey Made Dream with his daughter, Heather Listul Hewitt, when she was eight years old. A farmer from southwest Minnesota, he is also a singer/songwriter. Listul made Monkey Made Dream into a children’s song and has sang it at numerous coffee houses and children’s classrooms. Hewitt is now a speech-language pathologist, who works for a school district with students of all ages. She enjoys helping children develop literacy skills and a love for reading.
You can learn more about Tom Listul and Heather Listul Hewitt at their World of Ink Tour page or at the links below.
Facebook Event Page http://www.facebook.com/?sk=events#!/event.php?eid=198703490158349
Publisher Website: Trafford Publishing www.trafford.com
Tom Listul and Heather Listul Hewitt's next stop is on March 18th at Stories for Children Magazine FG Interview http://storiesforchildrenmagazine.org/pastfeaturedguests.aspx
and on March 21st You can tune into RRRadio-Stories for Children with hosts: VS Grenier, D.M. Cunningham and Kris Quinn Christopherson. Live Radio Interview at 11am MST (10am PST, Noon Central and 1pm EST) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rrradio Call in number (646) 595-4478