With only a few weeks until Christmas, AuthorHouse thanks you for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit Author’s Digest. Today we present the conclusion of our interview with Denise Kissell, writer and self-publisher of her children’s book, Mr. Stinkbug Takes a Trip.
In part one, which you can read here, Denise talked about her background and writing influences. Today she’ll tell us about the book itself, self-publishing, and her promotional efforts.
Tell us about your book.
This story is a whimsical tale of an adventuresome stinkbug who just wants to get warm! It is another side to stinkbugs (at least in my imagination), and is in the form of a poem.
What inspired you to write the book and how long did it take to finish it?
The abundance of stinkbugs in our area needed a creative outlet! Seriously, there were a few that showed up when I was writing! I wrote this in a few days, then re-wrote, tweaked, sent it out, went to writers retreats, got lots of critiques and was told it was not quite over the top enough; however, my family and I believed in the story and… here it is!
Is there one message you’d like to convey to readers about your book?
It’s just to make you smile, perhaps chuckle… and that is enough! If for a moment you catch the silliness, then it has been a success.
What was your favorite part of the self-publishing experience?
EVERYTHING! AuthorHouse, from start to finish, has been a delight to work with. I have learned a lot from them, and will continue to use them!
What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
JUST DO IT! Believe in yourself. Keep writing. Trust your initial thoughts and writing with positive people!
What are you working on next?
I’m starting a series on “Friends Come In All Shapes and Sizes”
What promotions are planned for your book?
I have been very blessed in this! I’ve done a book signing for our local hospital auxiliary. We sold out two elementary assemblies where we discuss poetry, and how each child has a special talent–these are interactive with a discussion on poetry types, with a challenge and contest at the end. There are more assemblies planned. I’ve participated in a signing in the Strip District in Pittsburgh, and have just been invited back. I have library programs set up, and I’ve been invited to speak at a women’s club.
Thanks to Bob Sr. and Sara for reading, listening, re-listening, and helping the whole way through! Enjoy each part! People will always have an opinion and not all will be helpful to you–remember what YOU are about and why you are writing. Relax and let it flow; remember the adage about enjoying the journey too!
Thank you very much for your time, Denise, and we look forward to seeing your next project. Mr. Stinkbug Takes a Trip is available in the AuthorHouse Bookstore, and would make a great gift for those young readers on your Christmas list!