VERA HARRIS – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

91v7kUVIIAL._UY200_What is your name, the name of your book, the genre and if it is fiction, or non-fiction?: Monica and Michelle Travel the World. Children’s Fiction Book

Tell the readers a little bit about yourself. Let them get to know you.: Even before I started Happy Reading by Vera in 2014, I’ve always had an interest in becoming a children’s book author. I love creating fun stories that captivate the hearts of little kids, and so I worked hard to make my dream into a reality. My first books, A Bee on My Bike (2014) and Zach and His Cat (2015) both appeared in Storymonster.com, a family magazine. My third Children’s Book, “Where Shall We Go?” was also featured on Reading With Your Kids Podcast. My Children’s Books have been a part of the Dallas Book Festival 2016, I’m Every Woman Community Health Fair, 2016/2017/2018, Various Book Expo/Festivals in Texas. My third book, Where Shall We Go? was released June 13, 2017 and was awarded Author Talk About It 4 Out of 5 Stars Book Award. My fourth book, Monica and Michelle Travel the World was released April 2018. And I also published a fiction book, What? Jury Duty! in March 2018. You can take a look at my books at the Dallas Public Library Dallas, Texas, Ellen Brooks West Memorial Library of Forney, Texas, Some Savanna, Georgia Schools Libraries, Various Elementary Schools in East Texas, Houston, Texas and South Carolina.

Who published your book and the year. If you are self-published, say that and be proud of it.: My book was published by Outskirts Press in 2018. I am a self published children’s book author.

What is the reason you wanted to become a writer?: I wanted to become a writer because of my love for reading. I wanted to write books that will inspire children to enjoy reading.

Are there any authors who influenced you the most? If so, who and why?: Since writing books I have been inspired by so many children’s books authors but some of my favorite authors are Kimberly Roby, Eric Jerome Dickey, E.Lynn Harris, Sister Souljah, Mary Monroe, Pearl Cleve, Zora Heale Horton, Maya Angelou, and a upcoming new author that is doing well by the name of Tayari Jones. All of these authors write words that move and inspire me.

Who is your target audience? Why?: My target audience are parents, teachers, care givers that purchase books for kids up to age twelve. My audience

Tell the readers what your book is about. It is all right to use your book’s synopsis, but if you make it personable, you are more likely to engage your reader.: I do not want to go to another school!” yelled Monica as she slammed the door to her room. Michelle, her twin sister, looked confused. Michelle could not understand why her twin sister, Monica, was so unhappy. Michelle has always enjoyed meeting new friends and living in different places. She enjoyed experiencing new places, some she could barely pronounce. Michelle also liked discovering and eating different types of foods, but on this occasion, while Michelle was happy to be moving, Monica was not.

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Tell us a little about your protagonist – the main character.: Monica, the main character, loves her family especially her twin sister however, she does not want to move to another school and start over again with new friends. Monica does not change.

Tell us a little about about your antagonist in your book.: Monica and Michelle does not have an antagonist character.

What was the most challenging part of writing this book?: One of the most challenging part of writing this book was making sure that this book could relate to kids that move across town or out of town. I wanted to reach children and help them adapt to moving and making new friends.

Where did you get your inspiration for the plot and the characters of your book if is is fiction. If it is non-fiction, where did your inpiration come from?: I was inspired to write this book because when I was in the U.S. Army my daughter had to attend another school with new friends and in another country (Germany).

What would you hope a reader would get by reading your book?: I would hope a reader that reads Monica and Michelle Travel the World would learn that moving, making new friends, finding a new school is apart of life that a lot of kids go through from time to time and those life lessons will help them as they grow older.

How do you deal with writer’s block?: One way I deal with writer’s block to walk away from my writing for a few days. I also take vacations so that I can come back to my writing with a different outlook.

Describe for our readers your routine of writing.: My routine of writing is to get up early in the morning and just write on a manuscript that I think would be of interest to kids and parents alike. I am a reader so reading various books is also a routine for my writing.

Please list other books you have published. If this is your first, say it and be proud.: A Bee on My Bike, Zach and His Cat, Where Shall We Go? and What? Jury Duty

With so much competition and so many books, why should a reader purchase yours over another?: A reader should purchase my books because my books are written for children’s up to age twelve. My books not only entertain but teaches valuable life lessons.

What are your future plans in writing? Do you have something special up your sleeve.: I plan to continue to write more children’s books in the future and another short story.

Do you have a book trailer?: Working on it

What is your link to your author website?: http://veraharris.vpweb.com

Where can our readers purchase your book?: http://veraharris.vpweb.com/

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