Please welcome Children's Author, Molly Nero to the blog today. Molly, thank you for being here.
- Tell us a little bit about your background and how you became an author.
- Tell us about your current book. Give a short summary, tell us about your publisher, and also how you got the idea for this book.
Smarty Pig is the story of a family of pigs that have given up on school. They don’t do their homework and feel it’s not important. The only one who does is teased and nic named Smarty Pig. When Smarty Pig gets good grades and the others fail, they reach out to her to help them. She agrees but asks them to try. She takes skills taught at school and puts them into real-life situations, ie: the kitchen becomes a grocery store with things to be purchased with play money. They begin to understand the learning CAN be fun, and it’s not just for school, learning is for life.
4. What do you enjoy most about writing?
5. What is the most difficult part of writing?
Smarty Pig is all in rhyme which can be challenging. I don’t want to sacrifice my message or give up a figure of speech or something that I know kids will relate to for the rhyme. It becomes like a dance where the story and words must work together to create a message that the kids can read, understand, and really enjoy.
6. Do you make school visits or do speaking/book signing engagements? If so, please describe a typical presentation.
Holes by Louis Sachar. I love it when a writer introduces numerous characters and situations and weaves them together by the end of the book. The creative process that must take place to even begin such a story inspires me.
9. What are you working on right now?
Smarty Pig and the Test Taking Terror is heading to the editor. I had a smart 4th grade boy put his head down on his desk when the state test was administered. He became so distraught; he couldn’t even write his name. I’ve never forgotten him. This book is for those kids that shut down when they take a test. Smarty Pig models strategies for breaking down the fear and panic.
10. What is your best tip for aspiring authors?
Thank you for being here and being so candid. Visit Molly on her next stop at http://www.bookreviewsandotherstuff.blogspot.com