Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk to The Reading Nook Reviews, and congratulations on your debut novel!
1) First things first: tell us about Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge! Bonus points if you can pitch it in the form of an elevator pitch, to a director who is interested in making Vilonia Beebe into a film.
2) In previous interviews, you’ve mentioned that you worked on a lot of picture books, before realizing that your strengths might be in something longer.
Could you talk a little more about the steps that helped you reach that realization? Specifically, what kind of advice would you give to a fellow writer who may be trying to figure out a genre shift themselves, at the moment?
3) You’ve mentioned before that a lot of your writing is done in brief periods, e.g. when your kids are at school, or when your dogs are contentedly feasting on peanut butter.
How do you manage to keep all of your writing consistent, and make sure it contributes to the overall story?
(I have a hard enough time remembering all the emails I have to send daily, so I’m impressed you can take hold of key minutes and create a story out of them!)
4) As someone who reviews a lot of middle grade, I’ve been consistently impressed with just how versatile of a genre it happens to be. The genre allows authors to explore ideas and stories that might not necessarily work in young adult.
In your personal opinion, why do you think middle grade – for all intents and purposes, is for a younger audience – has that strength?
5) Finally, what’s next for you?
Thank you for the great interview, Kristin! Now, let's learn a little more about Kristin's book...
Fourth grader Vilonia hasn’t lost her rain coat in the three weeks she’s had it, and she’s brushed her teeth every night and she’s volunteered to be the Friday Library Helper. But all that hard work is worth it if it means she can get a dog. Besides, this dog isn’t just because Vilonia has wanted one for pretty much ever. It’s also to help Mama, who’s been lost in one, big sadness fog for forty-three days—ever since Nana died. But Vilonia read that pets can help with sadness.
Now all she has to do is keep the library goldfish alive over spring break, stop bringing stray animals home, and help Mama not get fired from her job. And she’s got to do all of it before the Catfish Festival. Easy as pie, right?