Leigh Holland’s Interview with Sojourner McConnell
Today I’m delighted to host the author of “Who’s That in The Cat Pajamas?”, Sojourner McConnell, at my author spotlight. Thanks for being here!
Leigh: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am delighted to talk to you and share about myself and my work. I am a writer, and I am also a mother of 3 grown children and grandmother of 13 ranging in age from 16 to one year. I am also the dog mom to Beau. He is my Australian Shepherd and my little time keeper. He keeps me on schedule. When I am not writing, I am enjoying a good book, writing reviews on them, or blogging. It is a favorite pastime to find fun things to blog about, funny moments, exciting events, favorite memories, and cute dog and kid pictures.
Leigh: Why did you decide to write children’s books? What attracts you to this genre?
I love children’s books. If you look on my Goodreads pages, you will see I love children’s books and always have. I still love a good Nancy Drew, The Secret Garden, and new releases. They make me happy and I do not have to write in a way that makes me uncomfortable. I am not a romance writer, or a mystery writer. I write about hope and fixing problems basically. I am now very happy to call myself a children’s writer.
Leigh: Where did the inspiration for the story behind “Who’s That in The Cat Pajamas?” come from?
I was requested by one of my granddaughters to write a book she could read. I took that request to heart and started writing a book about a fairy. A fairy that helps children with problems and troubles. When two of these grandchildren had to leave Kentucky and move to Michigan, it was hard on us all. This book is how I would have liked to help them adjust to the idea if they had been older, and I had been a fairy. Many parts of the story are true in the adjustment period they went through and Dolcey was able to help them see how fortunate they are to be living in this modern age.
Leigh: What is the first book you remember reading as a child? How do you feel about that book now?
I remember my very first book that I fell in love with was Mike Mulligan and The Steam Shovel. It was in a weekly reader pamphlet and my Grandparents bought it for me. I cherished that book and the illustrations. My sister and I still talk about Mike and his steam shovel.
Leigh: How is writing a book for children different from writing a book for adults?
My first book was a bit of a Young Adult book and I wrote about more mature subjects. Sadness was more emotional and the storyline was a little darker. Still with hope and difficult choices. Writing a children’s book gave me the opportunity to embrace the innocence of childhood. The problems are just as real for children, but they see things in a more black and white sense. The solutions need to come from their own decisions with prompting and guidance. I believe Melanie in The Path of the Child would have loved a fairy to help her see the light at the end of the tunnel. Both age brackets have a power and a beauty to me. It is just the characters that are allowed to join in the telling of the story.
Leigh: Has being a Kentuckian shaped your writing? If so, in what ways?
I enjoy giving hints about Kentucky. I am from Alabama originally so I have used both places as the background for books and stories. It allows me to write in a southern accent so to speak. With southern rather old-fashioned ways. I find it is a gentle way to view life. I have been asked if I really say things like by George, dad gum it, and dog gone. I do, and my characters do. My children talk like that too. I didn’t realize no one else was saying it.
Leigh: How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Pinterest: Pinterest Link
Amazon Author Page: Amazon Author Page for Sojourner McConnell
Smashwords: Smashwords Profile
Book Links: http://tinyurl.com/mdw5q7m
Goodreads: Sojourner McConnell at Goodreads
Thank you, Sojourner, very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.