Today we welcome Penny Lockwood author of the newly released children's picture book Boo's Bad Day. Penny is currently in the middle of her blog tour. She asked that I let my readers know that at the end of the tour, she will pick one commenter's to will win an autographed copy of Boo's Bad Day if they live in the U.S. Should the commenter live outside the U.S., they will receive a PDF copy of her book. Be sure to leave your contact information when you comment.
First, a bit about Penny:
Penny Lockwood has published more than 100 articles, 75 stories, a chapbook, and her stories have been included in two anthologies. She writes for both adults and children. Her fiction has appeared in numerous genre and children’s publications, and nonfiction work has appeared in a variety of writing, parenting, and young adult print magazines and on line publications. She edits for MuseItUp Publishing. Visit her web site at http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.yolasite.com. Her writing blog is located at http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com.
She has recently released Boo’s Bad Day with 4RV Publishing and has three other children’s books under contract with them: Ghost for Rent, Ghost for Lunch, and Many Colored Coats. She has three romances published by MuseItUp Publishing: Love Delivery, Lady in Waiting, and Mirror, Mirror. Her short story collection, A Past and A Future, is available through Sam’s Dot Publishing and Smashwords.
Why did you pick to write books for children?
What types of books do you like to read?
I tend to enjoy fantasy and science fiction, with an occasional romance or mystery. Although, I belong to a book group where I’ve been exposed to a lot of literature I might not necessarily choose for myself. This is a good thing as there are a lot of excellent books out there that aren’t fantasy or sci fi!
Tell us about Boo's Bad Day and how the story came to be.
Boo's Bad Day takes readers to a day in the life of kitten Boo, who sneaks out the house and discovers that freedom, by himself, can be scary. Readers experience the frightful things Boo encounters and the lesson learned. It was illustrated by Deborah C. Johnson.
Here's a peak at Boo's Bad Day:
Boo is a very bored kitten. When Timmy and his mom return home, Boo sneaks out of the house. Boo is frightened by the noises of the big world outside of the safety of his warm home. When Timmy coaxes Boo back into the house, Boo realizes some places are safe and some are not.
Have you written other books? If so, tell us a bit about them.
Yes, my other children’s books are Ghost for Rent and Ghost for Lunch, middle grade paranormal mysteries. Ghost for Rent was previously published by an eBook publisher who went out of business. I’m excited that 4RV Publishing has picked it up as well as the sequel and will be packaging them together including illustrations by Aidana Willow-Raven. I have another picture book scheduled for future release with 4RV Publishing as well: Many Colored Coats. My adult fiction published by MuseItUP Publishing includes Love Delivery (contemporary romance), Lady in Waiting (historical romance), and Mirror, Mirror (time travel romance). I also have a short story collection published by Sam’s Dot Publishing (available as an eBook through Smashwords): A Past and A Future, comprised of twenty short stories half of which are fantasy and the other half are science fiction.
What’s next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?
We have a new granddaughter arriving in July. I’m putting writing on a temporary hold so I can be helpful to my daughter. I do, however, have a couple of stories I’ve been playing with. One is the next in the Ghost series. Another is a YA/adult fantasy.
What advice do you have for other authors?
I tend to say the same thing regardless of what genre or age group writers are targeting. That would be to have faith in yourself, study other books written in the same genre, take classes to improve your grammar and writing skills, and study publisher’s guidelines and catalogues.
Anything else you want readers to know?
I want to thank everyone for their support and encourage your blog readers to follow along during this blog tour. Since I plan to give away a signed copy of Boo’s Bad Day, the more times a name gets in the hat, the more likely it will be picked.
I also want to say what a wonderful job Deborah C. Johnson did on the illustrations for Boo. I couldn’t have found anyone better. She must have kitties in her home because she captured the essence of Boo and the features are perfect.
Where can readers find you and your books?
If you missed yesterday’s post, you can catch up at http://www.dreamseekeradventures.com/blog. Tomorrow, she’ll be visiting with http://mgddasef.blogspot.com