PictureBookBuzz Author Interview Questions
PictureBookBuzz: Tell us about yourself.
Lauren: I’m ecstatic to be part of this wonderful group of authors! I’m a Jersey girl at heart, and currently live in Colorado with my husband, Josh; our dragons...er, daughters, Sarah and Danielle; and Hudson, the dog. I am an author and a child and family psychotherapist, which has provided me with a unique view of emotions, life stories, family dynamics, interactions, resilience, and the importance of a sense of a humor. I believe those insights and experiences have strengthened my writing.
When I was in third grade, my teacher read The Giving Tree (Silverstein) to our class, and cried. That moment is burned into my mind forever. I felt the intensity of her emotional reaction, admired her courage to cry in front of third graders, and realized the incredible power of books. I will never underestimate that power as a writer.
PictureBookBuzz: What inspired your book, (ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE MAKE WAVES)?
PictureBookBuzz: Tell us about your main character.
Lauren: My book has two main characters: Charlie and Rosie.
Charlie is a planner, nurturer, and patient leader. When he decided to adopt a pet, he did NOT plan to adopt a dragon. But, Rosie found Charlie irresistible! The rest, as they say, is history. Rosie is a precocious, curious, joyful dragon who loves trying new things. She is courageous, strong-willed, and rather mischievous. Together, Rosie and Charlie find the courage to try new things, even when their plans don’t go quite as expected.
PictureBookBuzz: What do you think readers will find most appealing about your book?
Lauren: I think readers will enjoy the sweet friendship between Rosie and Charlie, humor, joy, and Nate Wragg’s incredible illustrations.
PictureBookBuzz: What are you currently working on?
Lauren: I’m currently working on a number of projects across multiple genres. Since Rosie and Charlie spend a lot of time vying for attention, and make me smile, I’m working on more of their adventures. I am also working on a number of picture books from nonfiction to fiction; serious to subversive. In addition, my third professional book with AAPC Publishing (about emotion regulation) is in its final stages of revisions. Finally, I plan to tackle revisions on my middle grade novel, and young adult novels in 2019. I like to stretch my creative brain as far as possible!
We are a group of picture book authors and illustrators whose first picture books will be released in 2019. Read about our roads to publication here.