|Tracey Cox and her
My children. I've always loved to listen to stories and then write stories, but I never thought of taking it further. Then one night, Son #1 and Son #2 wanted to hear another story. So I thought about a frog family who needed to move and took them on an adventure to find a new, better home. When I finished telling the story, Son#2 was sound asleep, but Son#1 sat up, looked me straight in the eye, and said, “Mom. That would make a cool book!” He laid down, went to sleep, and I thought, “Why not?” I went to the computer, typed in “How to write a children's story”, and I haven't looked back since.
I promote my books with book trailers, tweeting and facebooking about them, they have their own web page on my site, I am thinking about holding a book-birthday event this year as Ribbert's Way Home will be five years old in October!!!
I love to visit schools and libraries, too !!! I have several presentations for the various age groups. Everything from being a SUPER STORYTELLER to How I Do What You Do to What It Takes to Become a Writer. I also am working on individual presentations for a few of my books that are specific topics, asthma awareness, stranger danger and the importance of exercising.
What inspires you to write? What inspires you to read, write, create and draw? Why do you want to write for children?
I want to write and draw for children because of the innocence that they have. The world is new and there are things to explore and overcome. Their world is simpler (and don't we need that). They are what I hope to become, not to judge, but to embrace everything.
Tell us about your bright, fun illustrations? What medium do you use?
Share with us information about your Summer Sparks writing challenge.
I started Summer Sparks when I kept running out of steam during the Summer. I noticed a lot of other writers did the same calling ir our "Summer Slump". I was inspired by Tara Lazar's PiBoIdMo and decided to do something similar. Summer Sparks is a challenge to come up with 14 picture book ideas in 14 days. It starts June 21st [the first day of summer] and runs to July 4th. Hopefully, those ideas will be making a much noise as fireworks.
If had to chose, which writer would you consider a mentor.
Eve Bunting!!! Hands down. She is amazing!!!!!! [*Sorry for all of those exclamation points. I went a little fan girl there. Hahaha!*] But seriously, she has written on so many subjects and different genres and does it so well. I sent a letter to her when I first got into SCBWI, telling her what an amazing author I though she was. Would you believe she emailed me back!???! She did! A-maz-ing!
What books are you currently reading?
Picture books, picture books, picture books. Lots and lots of picture books. I think I need a support group! Hahaha!
What is your current WIP or what is your next project?
My current project is a book trailer I'm working on for my next book that will be coming out this Summer with Xist Publishing. The Children at the Playground explores all the fun things you can do at the playground.
How can one complete any writing
with this cutie sitting right by your side, Tracey?
Extra treats for you, Yankee! Tell Momma Sue said so!
Umm, hard choice, but I'll give it a shot:
1. Eve Bunting [are you surprized???]
2. Katie Davis
3. Julie Gribble
4. Bethany Telles
5. Kate DiCamillo
+++++ too many more !!!!!!!!!!
What words of wisdom do you or piece of advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Don't give up. Constantly work on your craft. Attend workshops, webinars, conferences, anything to surround yourself with other writers. Writing isn't easy, but it is worth all the hard work and effort you put into it.
Where can readers find out more about you?
Tracey's Blog: Tracey M. Cox Author/Illustrator & Picture Book Reviewer: http://www.traceymcox.com
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Thank you, Tracey, for sharing your thoughts, successes, tips, and writing journey with us.