Today I'd like to welcome Sarah Maizes to take a "Book Break?" with us! She is the author of On My Way To School.
The first is me in front of my collection of my FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS EVER!!!! I use them for reference sometimes, and sometimes just inspiration…or entertainment! The good ones always make me laugh!
|On My Way To School is on the primary ballot for the New York State Charlotte Award.|
I came to write On My Way to School . . . Actually On My Way to School is the third book in a series. The first two books, On My Way to the Bath and On My Way to Bed came first. I got the idea one night after yelling for my youngest daughter to get in the bath for the 20th time. I was sitting in her room putting some stuff away when I saw her on her crawling past the doorway on the floor saying “I’m a snail. I moving so slow…” And that was it. Then I wrote the next two books like I was following Livi and her day. I would love to do the next one about going on a playdate - but you’d have to talk to my publisher about that.
Readers should read my books . . . I don’t know if I can ever tell someone they “should” read my books, but I will happily say that if they do - and especially if they read them with a kid - they’ll have a great laugh and maybe both walk away with a better understanding of the other person’s point of view.
My favorite place to read . . . My plush chair in my bedroom. (Picture attached below - Note the foot massager I keep at on the floor in front of it!)
A book that has touched my heart . . . A Little Princess by Frances
Hodgson Burnett. I must have read this book 100 times as a kid and
teenager. Hated the movie remakes. Only the book works.
Where I sit to read (chair in my bedroom - notice the foot massager!!!! I’ve nailed this whole “reading nook” thing.)
I collect my ideas and inspiration for writing . . . I get my inspiration just Parenting and watching other people parent. I actually get a LOT more inspiration from the kids I watch than the parents. Parents are boring. But kids have this fresh perspective of the world. We forget it’s all new to them! Then I write things down everywhere. I keep pads of paper in my car, next to my bed and on my desk. I never know when inspiration will strike and if I don’t write something down right away, I completely forget. I have PILES (literally) of little notes and notebooks filled with ideas, jokes, partial stories and observations. When I run out of ideas, I go into these piles (I keep in a big plastic box) and just pick one out. It’s like playing a raffle every time!
Readers should know . . . I performed comedy for 5 years. Improv, sketch, stand-up - you name it. It was my life’s dream to be a stand-up comedian. But oce I did it for a little bit, I was done. Sometimes, you pursue a dream only to say “Well that was fun, and I’m glad I did it, but…nah.” but I'm SO glad I did it! It forever changed how I write and create entertainment! Best experience of my life, but wow, I’m glad I don’t do it anymore. That’s one tough life!
A project I’m currently working on . . . I always have 5 or 6 stories I’m working on simultaneously. That way I can procrastinate writing one book by working on another, and still get work done! On top of that, I’m producing an animated preschool show for Jim Henson - which was another dream of mine - and I’m loving every second of it!
Thank you for taking a "Book Break!" with us, Sarah!
Now, be sure to be "on your way" over to Sarah's website to learn even more about her and her work.