09 December, 2015

I love my Pet Elephant by Lauren Micchelli - Author Interview

Here is a lovely Children's book by Lauren. 

Book Details:

Book Title: I Love My Pet Elephant by Lauren Micchelli
Category: Children's fiction, 28 pages (aged 3-7)
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: First Edition Design Publishing

Book Description:

A colorful tale of friendship and fun between a little girl and her best friend - her pet elephant! I Love My Pet Elephant is a delightful medley of reality and fantasy, with shenanigans and adventures brought to life through vibrant illustration and simple rhyming text.

Meet the author:
Lauren Micchelli is a newly published author, having penned her first book in 2014. She has since continued the Snootzytime Adventures of Maddie and Murphy series, and went on to publish A Day Of What Ifs and I Love My Pet Elephant.

Impressively, she was the recipient of New Book Award 2015 for I Love My Pet Elephant.

Lauren Micchelli grew up in West Caldwell, New Jersey and currently resides in northern New Jersey.

Connect with the author:
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I am very happy to feature Lauren's interview today in my blog post. Thank you Lauren :-)

Author Interview:

If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be?
I’m a huge proponent in the power of your dreams. I believe that everyone has capability to do and be whatever they want in life, and it’s a matter of personal drive and determination to achieve the desired outcome. I had never published any of my works before 2014, but one day I woke up and decided, “Today’s the day I begin my next adventure.” And so it began.

What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
I’m going to venture to say that publishing my books is the most courageous thing I’ve done. For me, writing the storyline is the part that comes natural to me. It’s how to bring that story to life, and subsequently how to share that story with the world, that’s the tricky part. But I don’t shy away from a challenge, I embrace it. And here I am, one year and four books later.

What genre do you write and why?
I write about different things, but the four books I’ve published thus far are children’s fiction stories. I love the freedom that comes with letting my imagination run wild, and these stories have been a creative outlet for me. Why can’t a little girl have a pet elephant, or visit the North Pole and the moon in her dreams? What if your bike really DID sprout wings and fly away? What I love about writing these stories is the element of fantasy that you can add to them, which is as much fun for me as the writer and it is for the reader!

In today’s tech savvy world where writing on a computer has become the norm, have you ever handwritten one of your books?
Truth be told, all of my books started out handwritten on paper and were later transitioned to my laptop. I find that I’m inspired quite arbitrarily, and so I keep a notebook with me to capture my thoughts - if and when the moment strikes me!

What’s the quirkiest hobby you have?
I’ve been told I’m a fairly quirky gal, and I will admit I do have a few quirky hobbies. I would venture to say that jumping on my trampoline may be top of the list!

If you were stuck on a tropical island for just one day, what three things would you want there with you?
Is there any way to negotiate more time on this tropical island?! Well, if I’m only there for one day I would aspire to turn that day into an itsy bitsy vacation! My three requests would be a lounge chair, a big bowl of pomegranate seeds and a friend to share the sunshine with!

Which was your favorite country to visit in all your travels?
In the spring of 2013 I visited Europe on a family vacation. Our destination was France but we planned for a day in Brussels midway through our ten day trip. There was something about that day in Belgium that was different from the other days abroad. Strolling along the streets we saw fresh gelato, waffle and chocolate vendors on every corner – it was like Candyland for adults! We found ourselves in this charming little city square where artists painted away, selling their creations and living in the moment. My memories of that day in Belgium are warm and chocolate covered, and I would like to visit again someday.

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