Me: Margot, in order to introduce yourself, could you share with us what has incited you to become a children's books author?
Margot: I am an Aussie transplant who has lived in Oregon for many years with my husband and kids – Kids now grown by the way, and between them they have presented us with 4 delightful grandkids – YEA!! I have written stories for years, but becoming a Teacher’s Aide when my kids were young was the catalyst. I told the classes stories about Australia and its weird and wonderful animals. Those stories eventually became “Wild and Wonderful,” my 7 book rhyming e-series about animals from the US and Australia.
Me: You are originally from Australia... what made you decide to establish yourself in America, more precisely Oregon?
Margot: I met and married an American from New York. We lived in Queensland for 7 years, had two kids, and then decided to go back to the US and live in Oregon, a place my husband loved. He went to college in Oregon, hated New York, and always planned on settling somewhere in Oregon.
Me: You have a Manuscript Critique Service, please explain what this service consists of exactly and who can benefit from it.
Margot: If you are a beginning writer, a critique group of your peers is what you need. Their comments, suggestions and support will be invaluable. After you gain some writing insights, and feel close to being published, a professional Manuscript Critique like I offer, can help you write tighter, sharpen your focus, and explain how to give your MS that final polish. The comments, suggestions and examples I offer are there to guide your rewrite. This is your baby. It needs to be written in YOUR voice. The following links take you to my Manuscript Critique Service page + a VIDEO of me chatting about critiquing: http://myplace.frontier.com/~mfinke/Manuscript%20Critique.htm#crits
VIDEO: Introducing my Manuscript Critique Service http://youtu.be/G0V79sMJiMM
As well as critiques, my website offers my BOOKS + lots of other pages with help for writers.
Me: What a great idea to offer Virtual School Visits! Could you give us more details on this?
Margot: This is something I am passionate about. Many schools are out of author range. Skype allows authors to go anywhere there’s a reciprocal Skype and a webcam. It is cheaper, and lets children chat with the author, ask questions, and enjoy hearing one of the author’s books read to them. If the teacher would like some extras, like a short writing lesson, or a longer talk about what it takes to write a book, get it published, and then promote it, I am open to her suggestions. I want the teacher to get from me what her class needs. Negotiation is the name of the game!
Go here to read more about my Virtual School Visits: http://virtualschoolvisits.blogspot.com/
Plus a VIDEO of me chatting about Virtual School visits: www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-LLo_eWdxk
Me: How many books have you published so far, and where do you find your inspiration?
Margot: I have 11x books published in all, with more coming soon. My latest 4 books are all through Guardian Angel Publishing. These 3x picture books are in rhyme – for 5 to 9 year olds.
- Horatio Humble Beats the Big D was written to help kids with dyslexia and their parents. It includes a helpful parent/teacher guide. One of our kids had mild dyslexia, so I know the problems.
- Ruthie and the Hippo’s Fat Behind is about how sudden changes affect kids – a divorce, a death, or even a move far from friends and family. It also has a parent/teacher guide with helpful links.
- Rattlesnake Jam is just pure boy-type fun – yuck included!
- Taconi and Claude – Double Trouble is a young teen adventure set in the Aussie outback of 1950. A chatty cockatoo offers funny one liners, and his dad, Dreamtime, and a magic feather all give Taconi big decisions to make. Please note there is a sequel coming later this year titled, Survival by Walkabout. Here is a video reading from Taconi and Claude: http://youtu.be/eD8DblIxnHk
Me: Your books are offered in which formats?
Margot: Taconi and Claude - soft cover, Kindle and e-book. Rattlesnake Jam – Nook, e-book and soft cover. Ruthie - soft cover and e-book (so far). Horatio Humble – soft cover and e-book (so far).
Autographed soft cover copies of ALL 4x books from my website: http://www.margotfinke.com
Me: The book "Horatio Humble beats the big D" is a book about dislexia. How did you come about the idea and the resources to create such a book?
Margot: As a teacher’s aide, I noticed so many kids with reading problems. Then my daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia in a mild form. This gave me the impetus to write a book that would be fun for all to read, yet offer hope and help to kids who had dyslexia, and their parents.
Me: Do you collaborate with other authors to write joint books?
Margot: I have ghost written books for clients, but never written in tandem with another author. It might be fun to try that some time.
Me: Thank you again Margot! I am convinced the readers have enjoyed getting to know you and the wonderful work you do!
Margot: Thank you for this opportunity to share my books with your wonderful readers.
*For more details on Margot's books, work or just Margot herself, please go visit her website at www.margotfinke.com.