A while back, children’s author Sherry Ellis featured fellow children’s author Virginia Wright on her blog. So, of course, when Sherry announced that one lucky commenter could win Virginia’s FREE book, The Christmas Secret: Mikey’s Story, I jumped right in.
And guess what? I won! Yay!
Okay, so I don’t know if I won because of my brilliant comment or because Virginia felt sorry for me. But who cares?
Virginia promptly mailed me a copy of this delightful book about a boy named Mikey.
“Mikey loves everything about Christmas except one thing—deciding what gift he wants. As Christmas nears he frantically flips the pages of his mother’s department store catalogs, looking for a toy that he wants most. Turning to his best friend Charlie for ideas, he finally finds the answer. But will he get what he wants this year?”
I know Christmas has come and gone, but there’s more to this story.
The envelope arrived—devoid of any contents.
Was this a joke?
Upon closer inspection, I discovered a thief had carefully peeled open the bottom of the envelope and then resealed it. That’s right, Scrooge stole my book!
After I vented to my hubby (I was a Mexican jumping bean), I gulped, knowing I had to tell Virginia.
What would she think? That I really had the book and just wanted another free copy?
Then my stomach flipped twice when Virginia informed me she’d also included a few of her vintage postcards. The last of her vintage postcards!
Virginia graciously sent me another free copy of The Christmas Secret: Mikey’s Story and it arrived on Christmas Eve. How cool is that?
That’s when I decided you needed to read all about this giving author, Virginia Wright.
Virginia Wright, b. 1958 in Belfast, Maine, was raised in the coastal town of Belfast throughout her childhood and into her teen years. Virginia is the author and illustrator of the children’s books The Princess and the Castle, The Prince and the Dragon, Crying Bear, and The Christmas Secret, as well as the educational, non-fiction book Buzzzzzzzz…What Honeybees Do. Virginia first became a published author in 1981, when she sold her first writing to a regional magazine in the state of Maine. She also had several of her writings published in an anthology, Soundings, by the Poetry Fellowship of Maine. She was quoted as saying, “When I am not spending time with my husband, watering my vegetable and herb gardens, canning, or cooking, I spend of my time doing what I enjoy doing most—writing.”
Let’s begin, Virginia.
When did you start writing?
Writing has been a part of me since I was a little girl. Back then, I would sit on the veranda of my parents’ home, with my pen and pad in hand. I wrote haikus and poetry mostly as a young girl. Over the years, I’ve written health and nutrition articles, and opinion articles, and lately my love of words has been focused on children’s writing. I’ve also written four children’s book, followed by my non-fiction book, Buzzzzzzzz…What Honeybees Do.
After reading your interesting, easy-to-understand book, now I know what all the buzz is about, but can you enlighten my readers?
Yes, Tracy. I’d be happy to.
Honeybees are amazing creatures, for they are insects that provide us with the golden sweet food known as honey. By reading this very interesting, easy-to-understand story, you’ll learn the basics about honeybees, as well as where and how they live.
Do all honeybees sting? What do they do with the pollen? Are bees in trouble? How do they make honey? What can we do to help the bees?
You will find these answers and more in Buzzzzzzzz…What Honeybees Do. Real photographs inside the book get you up close and personal with our greatest pollinator, the honeybee, including one of a bee’s tongue.
Where did you get the idea for Buzzzzzzzz…What Honeybees Do?
My husband, Dave Wright, and I are natural beekeepers. Our granddaughter Abigail visited our home one summer, and Dave suited her up and took her to the bee yard. Afterwards, she had so many questions about the honeybees, I decided to write Buzzzzzzzz…What Honeybees Do.
The color photographs really add to your book. I think your book will appeal to the young-at-heart like me. But who is your ideal target audience?
Originally, my target audience was for older children—fourth graders. However, I soon found out, as did you, that my book was not only for children. That’s what makes Buzzzzzzzz…What Honeybees Do unique, and I started receiving messages and reviews from adults who were learning from this book. Because of that, I no longer classify Buzzzzzzzz…What Honeybees Do as just a children’s book.
You’ve written picture books as well. Do you prefer one over the other?
I love writing, as well as illustrating, and a big hobby of mine is nature photography. For me, fantasy and non-fiction are both equally satisfying.
As a self-published author, what encouraging words would you pass on to unpublished writers?
In 1981, I was traditionally published. However, self-publishing gives a writer-illustrator so much freedom to write, market, and say what they feel readers will enjoy. That the freedom is worth the journey of self-publishing. Either way, it’s a great deal of work for the writer. The best bit of advice or encouragement I would give to unpublished writers is to never give up, hold on to their dream, and use that as their guiding light!
Do you hear me laughing? Many projects are in the works, and I have a cedar chest of things I’ve written over the years. Plus, I’m always thinking of new stories that want to see the light of day. I have three particular projects planned for the next couple of years. I will share one of them with you and your readers…
The working title of my next book that I’ve been contemplating, but I believe I’m going with, is Douglas the Friendly Dragon. The idea came from writing a book in 2010—The Princess and the Castle. I wrote the book for my granddaughter Elisabeth because princesses, castles, and the like fascinate her. She wanted me to write her a story, and I couldn’t think of any better idea than to create a story about a princess. In this book, I created characters that I could continue with in companion books. The dragon character in Douglas the Friendly Dragon showed up in The Prince and the Dragon. Therefore, the next logical step is to write a story about the dragon, just as I’ve written one about the princess and the prince.
Where can readers find your books?
Thank you, Virginia! It was great learning so much more about you and your journey as a writer.
Okay everyone, I hope you’ll follow up because you’ll be able to order autographed copies of Virginia Wright’s Buzzzzzzzz…What Honeybees Do when you email firstname.lastname@example.org. For the subject line, just type “Book Order.”
Please leave Virginia very nice comments and you too could win Buzzzzzzzz…What Honeybees Do.
I almost forgot. I’ll announce one lucky winner on my next blog post—the one slated for next Saturday, March 2nd, 2013.
Thanks for buzzing in!
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