I’m Fishing with Pop-Pop Today, Austin Macauley Publishers, 2022.
I always wanted to write a book and now my dream has come true. Published by Austin Macauley, Publishers, Ltd., I’m Fishing with Pop-Pop Today is about a little girl named Rosie and her Pop-Pop. Rosie wants to catch a BIG fish while fishing with her Pop-Pop. She realizes her Pop-Pop won’t allow her to hold her own fishing pole, bait her own hook, cast her own line, or reel in her own fish. A cute fishing story. It’s easy to read and has fun repetition.
I learned to fish later on in life when I met Michael—A professional bass fisherman. Michael taught me how to fish. We have a fully stocked pond on our property and one day we went fishing with our grandson. Michael was doing everything for him—baiting the line, casting, and catching the fish. Our grandson finally asked, “Pop-Pop, can we both fish today?” The situation was pretty humorous. From that situation, I wrote I’m Fishing with Pop-Pop Today. The character was originally a little boy, but then I changed it to a little girl since there weren’t many books about little girls fishing with their Pop-Pop.
Although I always wanted to write a novel, I wrote a children’s picture book. Who would have thought I’d be a children’s picture book author and my first published book would be a fishing story? Since I’m Fishing with Pop-Pop Today’s release, I’ve begun research on another fishing story. I can’t wait to share it with you.
My second book, Save the Trees, will be published by Brandylane/BelleIsleBooks around the Summer of 2023, Illustrated by Lintang Pandu Pratiwi. It’s a fictional story but based on Michael’s and my experience with invasive plants and vines.
As you market your book, what’s been difficult? I had a hard time putting myself out there. I’m actually a shy person. But realized that in order for people to know me, my books, and activities, I’d have to step out of my box. At first, it was difficult but now I just have fun with it.
Have you received many rejections? I’ve received MANY rejection letters! I keep a rejection folder and it’s pretty thick. Once in a while, I’ll reread the letters. I tell myself that at least my stories are being read. I’d rather receive some sort of rejection than not hear anything at all. When I receive a rejection, then I send out another submission. I keep the pace going.
How do you handle rejections? I’m a hard worker and when I receive a rejection, I try not to let it bother me—it does. I make myself keep going and I continue to work hard.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? I love crafting stories, but that doesn’t mean they will end up on my submission list. In fact, most of the stories I write don’t get sent out. So, I have a stack of stories sitting on my shelf that will never go out or they need lots of revision.
Who reviews your work? I belong to two critique groups. One meets monthly and the second critique group meets every couple of months. Then after my critique groups review my stories, I’ll send the story out to several editors to review. My son will occasionally review a story. He’s an excellent writer and I always hint that he should be a journalist.
What is next for you? I have a lot on my plate. I like being busy. I’m marketing, waiting for another book to be published, and I have two non-fiction stories that I’m working on. The research takes up a lot of my time. I spend time with my children and grandchildren. And going fishing with Michael. I like reeling in Stripers!
One Last Question: What Kind of Music Do You Like? I like all kinds of music. I love the 70s and 80s music. I love Country, Jazz, Motown, and Rock. My favorite bands are Bon Jovi, Chicago, and Earth Wind & Fire.
Where to buy I’m Fishing with Pop-Pop Today
The publisher offers a discount. Use discount code AUTHOR1022 at checkout until 12/31/2022.
Or you may purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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