Authors: Schertevear Watkins and Essence Watkins
Genre: Children/Blooming Readers Reading Paragraphs
Synopsis: Everyone in Pointer Ridge loved to dance. Xena, was no different. But every time she asked someone if she could join in with their dancing, they’d shew her off and say that she’s too young. Will Xena ever find the perfect dance crew that’s just right? See how a little hope and determination makes things happen in, “Never Too Young To Dance.”
CH: Today’s Guest Authors are Schertevear Q. Watkins and her 8 year-old daughter, Essence T. M. Watkins. They are planting seeds of character, wisdom, unity and love. Welcome to my blog, Essence and Schertevear.
CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?
SQW/EW: Our book, Never Too Young To Dance, overall shows children that though there may be obstacles or a lack of support in reaching their dreams, you should never give up, because dreams do happen.
CH: What inspired you to write this charming children’s book?
SQW/EW: We wanted children to realize that they have to work at the things they want. Everything doesn’t always come easy, or on the first go around. They need to know that there is always a place for them everywhere, regardless of what others may feel they are capable of or where they should be.
CH: How did you find an illustrator?
SQW: I own my own Publishing Company, Baobab Publishing. Also, the first book that featured these same characters, I illustrated myself. On this go around, another illustrator just matched my characters.
CH: Can you tell my audience a little about the age group who is reading this book?
SQW: This book is actually an early reader, where the target age range is 4-6, or those that are now reading simple paragraphs.
CH: What inspired you to begin writing for children?
SQW: My love for children, their wonderful stories and the need for diversity, unity and inclusion in early childhood literature.
CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your storytelling writing style?
SQW: My writing style is realistic multicultural fiction, for the most part. This means I use human characters with regular situations and challenges that all children face and can relate to. As a teacher, mother and former resource parent, I think, I know children well. This makes it easy for me to write from their point of view.
CH: Does being an adult give you a different perspective on writing children’s literature? If so, how?
SQW: As an adult, I am able to see and explain the story from all perspectives. But again, by working with children, I’m able to relay my overall message from a child’s point of view, still allowing for the problem to be solved and lessons learned in the end.
CH: What do you find to be the hardest part of writing for children?
SQW: To me, it comes very easily. Often, I have so many ideas running through my mind that I have to suppress them because they become so numerous.
CH: Do you write books for different age levels of children?
SQW: Yes, Ages 3-10, but mostly ages 6-9.
CH: Is it hard to write a story on a child’s level?
SQW: No, not at all, only because of my background.
CH: Where do you come up with ideas for children’s story?
SQW: Some ideas come to me, and the words will just flow from my thoughts. I can write a 1,500 word book anywhere from 15 minutes to 3-4 days. Chapter books can take a week to 3 weeks to get the story down properly.
CH: What was the book you loved as a child?
SQW: I loved the Box Car Children Series and Charlotte’s Web. All of the Little Golden Books and Goosebumps.
CH: What are your favorite children’s books?
SQW: The Little Engine That Could, The First Doll and Hansel and Gretel.
CH: What kind of feedback have you received?
SQW: From anyone who has read and commented on my books, they have all given excellent feedback.
CH: Is this the first book that you and Essence have written together?
SQW/EW: No, we’ve written several books together.
CH: What can we expect next, is there another book in the making soon?
SQW: There are several brands that Author Schertevear Watkins writes under and they all have numerous series or books within them. This would include the following brands: Characters Like Me, Blooming Readers, Fairytale Endings, Color My World and more to come.
CH: How to Find Schertevear Watkins:
- Schertevear’s Website: www.baobabpublishing.com
- Schertevear’s Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2rRwmDl
CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?
SQW: Amazon.com and soon, our website store will be ready. We also go to schools and organizations, who are looking for fundraising or book fair products.
CH: Any closing remarks?
SQW: I’d just like to say that, reading is the key to knowledge and the road to freedom. There’s not much that you can achieve without reading. Every child should own books. Each child should have at least 5 books, on their grade level. Also, any child who reads a book from myself or any other author under the Baobab Publishing umbrella, will receive a character building experience. We are devoted to creating quality literature that stimulates the imagination, as well as, builds self-esteem, character, and encourages faith and unity. Cheryl, thanks for the interview.
CH: Thank you so much, Essence and Schertevear Watkins, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers. It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience. And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book. I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience.
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