I am so thrilled to be able to be your first stop in this amazing tour. After reading Kathleen's great new book that just came out, I was able to talk to her and find out a bit more. You simply must read her new book: Ziggie's Big Adventure!
After reading this wonderful book, I had to find out a little bit more about Kathleen, her methods, and her (possible) madness:
Q: What inspired you to begin writing?
I've always been a reader so writing has always come very natural to me. I always wanted to
write a book but it wasn't until I became a teacher that I made a conscious decision to actually
write one. As a lover and avid collector of children's books, I wanted to write an adventure or a
story that kids could fall in love with.
Q: How did you come up with the character's names?
So, Ziggie was the name of my cat and Marley Blossom and Layla are my nieces. When my
niece Marley was reading out loud to me the other day I made the connection... Ziggie...
Marley... Ziggie Marley! Get it!! lol! Ziggie got his name because when I got him that is the
name that came to mind first when I went to call him.
Q:. What adventures do you see Ziggy taking next?
Ziggie's next adventure is actually being developed now! I am mapping out a choose your own
adventure-like story. It will be around a Halloween (Trick or Treat theme. I am in the
brainstorming stage- which is actually my favorite part of the writing process!
Q: Who do you think readers will identify with most?
I really think the readers will connect to Marley- mainly because she is the typical free spirited
kid. She is fun and colorful. Any child who owns a pet will be able to relate to the connection
she has with her cat. **I forgot to add that Knox (the big furry monster) was the name of one of
my dogs growing up.
Q: If you could say one thing to your readers, what would it be?
If I could say one thing to my readers it would be keep reading! I just remember growing up that
reading was one of my favorite things to do. In fact, as a student I struggled. I had to study very
hard to get good grades. I honestly think that because I loved to read so much, I became a
stronger student. I could read just about anything and became very good at studying, taking
notes, and writing essays. I think the fact that there was only one tv in my house as a kid played
a huge part in losing myself in a good book- when I read it was like watching a movie in my
Q: Can you give us a 'peek' at the title or idea of your current project?
I have two major projects in the works! In addition to brainstorming the book in the series, I am
also just observing the kids that surround me (my students, my nieces and nephews, my
friends' children) and allowing their everyday actions to spark new ideas for my writing. So far
I've developed a few new characters- Randy the Raccoon is one of my favorites. The second
project is a picture book that I have been working on. It requires a good deal of research and it
is about something very important to me- the humane treatment of animals.
Don't miss out on all the fun!!