Friday, April 26, 2013

The Next Big Thing

A friend of mine, Joy Chu, tagged me in The Next Big Thing, a blog hop in which children's book bloggers answer ten questions about what they are working on. So this post is about me and "The Warthog Smoked." I have tagged my excellent writer friends Sarah Tomp and Melissa Wiley so they will be answering the same ten questions on their blogs in the near future! Here goes...

1. What is the title of your work-in-progress? 
"The Warthog Smoked."
2. Where did the idea come from? 
I've wanted to do an anti-smoking story for a long time.
3. What genre does your book come under? 
It will be a picture book app.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?  
Justin Bieber as Bo the Warthog and Selena Gomez as the mouse named Bijou. I'm going for box office here!
5. One sentence synopsis for your book? 
While out looking for butterflies, Bo the warthog finds a pack of cigarettes and decides to try smoking.
6. Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
I'm working on "The Warthog Smoked" with my son Alex, a software engineer and we are creating it for Liddery, my new app enterprise. If all goes well, it will be appearing in the App Store this summer.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 
Weeks. The initial writing of a picture book manuscript may just take a day, but the rewriting can be over a period of weeks or months.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? 
It is a patterned story so I could compare it to my own book, The Cow Buzzed, illustrated by Paul Meisel, because in that book one farm animal after another catches a cold. In this story, one wild animal after another tries smoking.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book? 
As my own children grew up I saw some of their young friends turn into smokers. I think more can be done to put anti-smoking ideas in the minds of very young children. As a picture book creator, I wanted to do something about that.
10.What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? 
There is almost nothing out there in the way of books for the very young with an anti-smoking theme. It is a big challenge to teach without being didactic and preachy. I'm making the story fun as well as leaving kids thinking that smoking is a lousy idea!


Joy Chu said...

I love this, Andrea! I think you hit upon a sorely-needed topic. On top of that, you made it FUNNY! Cheers!

Sarah said...

Excellent! And thanks for tagging me.

jamie peeps said...

This is, no pun intended, such a breath of fresh air! Go for it!

Andrea Zimmerman said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Jamie!

Andrea Zimmerman said...

And thanks for tagging me, Joy!

Andrea Zimmerman said...

Looking forward to seeing your post, Sarah!

cakemonica said...

Look forward to reading it! (Monica Garg) Mom died so young because of smoking! Excellent idea, Andrea!

Andrea Zimmerman said...

Thanks, Monica. We're working on it still. Coding can be tricky!

Andrea Zimmerman said...

And I'm very sorry about your mom. It's so sad to lose someone to cigarettes. Smoking took my grandfather, too.

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