All previous guests have been moved to Archives along with old spooky blogs!
Thanks for coming over xxx
Having been a guest on a few author sites now, I have decided to follow suit ever so slightly and offer a questionnaire for guests to answer, IF they choose to which can be found on the page – Guest Author questionnaire OR they can send me whatever they wish to promote – you choose 🙂
My next guest author is a lovely lady I had the pleasure of meeting. A fantastic storyteller.
Book Title: Astronaut Lamby
Genre: Children’s picture book
Short Bio: Jude Lennon is a former Early Years teacher who now works as a Storyteller under the name Little Lamb Tales. She tells stories at Primary schools, community events, festivals and libraries. Jude is also a children’s writer and is the current Disney Winnie the Pooh Laureate for the North West.
Jude has published three children’s books The Dragon of Allerton Oak, The Toffee Lady (a special commission for Everton Football Club) and Astronaut Lamby, the first in a series of books about Lamby.
Jude is currently working with the family of Bobby Colleran (Slow Down for Bobby) on a book that promotes road safety for children across Liverpool. She is also releasing Glad To Be Dan a book about mindfulness for children with Jo Howarth from the Happiness Club and a bi-lingual book which explores the Day of the Dead Festival in Mexico with Kelly Thornhill from Latin Adventures.
She is also part of the Team Author UK team which helps independent writers with all aspects of self-publishing.
Short synopsis of book:
“Astronaut Lamby is ready to go,
He’s in his rocket, the engine’s aglow…”
Join Lamby as he whizzes through the stars, lands on the moon and meets a rock which is not as it seems.
Why do you write? For me, writing is as essential as breathing. I love to read, I love listening to and telling stories and I love to write. The three things are linked and are so much a part of who I am that I can’t imagine getting through a day without doing all of them at some point.
I absolutely understand this Jude. To stop writing is like asking me not to breathe
What was the incentive to start writing: As long as I can remember I have written! And then throughout my teaching career in Early Years I was constantly writing stories and poems for the children. I would write the Christmas plays, class assemblies, make up jingles for tidy up time and special occasions. I decided to start ‘writing for real’ when a former colleague Gerard Durcan suggested I try to get some of my work published. I haven’t looked back…
Fantastic! I began writing stories as a young girl for children. Mine centered around a magical zoo – maybe one day I’ll re-do them? Children soak up a good story don’t they?
Who is your favourite character and why? Sticking with children’s books, I love Meg from the Meg and Mog books. She’s such a disastrous witch but there is something lovely about her. She never gives up. I can relate to her bad spell disasters as they are reminiscent of my attempts with the cooking pot…
I LOVED Mog!! Called one of my faeries Meggie Mog in honour of my daughter and Mog the cat!! Same wonderful generation it seems!
Grown up books- I have a real soft spot for the Scarlett O’Hara. She know what she wants, she’s determined, feisty and stubborn. This is a book I can return to again and again.
Never read the book, but loved the film!
What reactions do you get from your nearest and dearest regarding your writing? They are all very proud of me and encourage me with all my creative pursuits. Although it was a shock to my close family when I left education, I don’t think they were very surprised that my new career should have storytelling and writing at the heart of it. My partner Dom is very supportive and as he is Musician he understands the creative process. I think it’s really helpful to be surrounded by people who understand.
Wonderful. Makes life so much easier doesn’t it. x
What advice would you give other authors? Read, read, read! Write something every day. Keep a notebook by your bed. Go on writing courses and join writing groups. Enter competitions. Enjoy it! If you and your partner are both creative DO NOT have your launch dates within a month of each other – it’s exhausting!
LOL!! I agree with the reading and writing – if you love it – do it!
Thank you so much Jude for being my guest. It’s wonderful to know other authors and to meet you, even briefly, gave me focus to keep going. Enjoy the adventure xx 🙂