KidLit411 is delighted to present to you the lovely award winning author, AME DYCKMAN! Ame is the author of such picture books as BOY +BOT and TEA PARTY RULES. Enter below to win an autographed copy of her book, TEA PARTY RULES and a special TEA PARTY RULES prize pack! Giveaway ends at noon, Friday, June 13th, so hurry!
Look out for Ame's new releases, WOLFIE THE BUNNY (Spring 2015) and HORRIBLE BEAR (Spring 2016).
Hi Ame, thank you for agreeing to this interview and for being featured in our AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT (and for being and all around awesome, sweet, talented gal!)
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm looking ahead to the release of my next book, WOLFIE THE BUNNY (Little, Brown; Spring, 2015), illustrated by the also amazing Zachariah OHora. (Aren't I lucky with all my fabulous illustrators?)
I get to work with Zach and Little, Brown on our 2016 release, HORRIBLE BEAR, too! My Super Agent, Scott Treimel, has one of my manuscripts out on submission right now. And, I'm tinkering with new stories!
What advice would you give to other writers?
Don't shut down a story idea. If it sings to you, try it out! Create an opening line or two. Play with a bit of dialogue. Imagine the text for a great page turn. Even if it doesn't become a full finished manuscript, it's terrific writing brain practice. And often a little piece of something--even as small as the rhythm of a phrase--will pop into (and be perfect for!) a new project!
I’ve read my third graders a ton of picture books this year.
Wolfie The Bunny has been my favorite picture book read aloud. They ABSOLUTELY loved it, and I loved reading it aloud to them.
I’m very excited to be celebrating Wolfie today with my good friend Mr. Schu and Nerdy Book Club.
Head over to Nerdy Book Club to check out Ame’s post.
Check out Mr. Schu’s fun word game with Ame.
Now it’s my turn. I get to interview Mr. Zachariah Ohora. Yippee!!
1. Can you tell us a little bit about Wolfie The Bunny?
He’s a Wolf and a book. He’s very fuzzy and mysterious. I’m not positive he’s a vegetarian. Ame is really the person who could shed more light on Wolfie.
2. What is your favorite thing about being an illustrator?
Getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in 4th grade. Drawing in books.
3. What’s the hardest thing about being an illustrator?
Realizing that rejection is part of the job. If you are planning on a career as a writer or an illustrator get used to rejection. Go back to the “drawing board” and come back with another idea.
Also know that it happens to everyone. So you are not alone.
4. If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick?
Richard Scarry’s “What Do People Do All Day?”
5. What advice do you have for the young illustrators in my classroom?
Keep drawing. Don’t be precious about your drawings. Just keep drawing more and more and you will get better and better.