Saturday, February 12, 2011

Author Stacey Laura Lloyd Talks about Hospital Critterz

First, let me say how much I enjoyed speaking with author Stacey Laura Lloyd. She is fun, passionate, and full of excitement for her book Hospital Critterz, The Prairie Pet. The basis of The Hospital Critterz series is to provide kids with fun and entertainment as a diversion from the scary world of healthcare. The books are about characters who are hospitalized but who have these adventures inside the hospital setting.

The story line, although imaginary, parallels what some children experience as a patient but the story takes the reader further into a world filled with excitement and riddles.

1. How did you come up with the idea for this series Stacey?

The idea for the "Hospital Critterz" series was to create an adventure series with riddles, excitement, magic, and fun that would be enjoyable and meaningful to all children, particularly children in hospitals. While most hospital-based books are tutorials, "Hospital Critterz" is unique in that it's an adventure series that emanates from a hospital setting.

2. Those readers who also dream of writing for children follow our blog for ideas and for tips for reaching this audience. What tips do you offer those who want to write for children and who need to find a publisher?

My first tip would be to read, read, read! Find the genre that interests you the most(i.e.early reader, middle grade, YA) and read all of the books that you can in that age range. From there, my next tip would be to find a subject/topic/character that you are passionate about and start writing. Have friends and children you know read your work and give you feedback. In terms of finding a publisher, the web is a great resource to see which publishers and book agents will accept unsolicited manuscripts in your genre. When you feel your work is ready, craft a pitch letter, and go for it.

3. As a nurse I can relate to how difficult a hospitalization is for the child and also for the siblings. What books are you planning in the future and do any of those relate to siblings as well?

Hospitalization is difficult not only for the child, but for his or her family as well. We hope that "Hospital Critterz:The Prairie Pet" and all future books in the "Hospital Critterz" series will create an opportunity for the entire family, including parents, grandparents, and siblings, to engage with the hospitalized child in his or her reading and strengthen the connection, discourse, and bonding between them.

4. How can we help you to promote your series on a regular basis so kids will find you and learn about your book or any new books in the series?

Thank you so much for this offer. We have a very fun website at http://www.hospitalcritterz.com/ that has a maze, word scramble, downloadable graphics, and any information about the publisher and me. Also we have a blog at http://hospitalcritterz.wordpress.com/ that is updated regularly to keep kids interested in the series. I hope kids and parents will check it out.
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As you can see, this first book in the series will offer kids fun and adventure while offering the opportunity for dialog on a very delicate subject, hospitalized and sick kids. This book is just what the doctor ordered.

1 comment:

  1. It was so great to have had the chance to speak with the author in person. This is the first in a series of books that are going to be popular with kids 7-12. Thanks Stacey for sharing.

    Terri

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