Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Q&A with Authors Tom Listul and Heather Listul Hewitt

Interview Q&A

I want to thank you for being my guest here on Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

What inspired you to write?

Tom: I started writing just as an outlet to express myself through story telling. Song writing is the same way for me. I enjoy telling a story that takes a person somewhere that they can relate to.

Heather: I enjoy writing as a way to escape to a different place and look at ideas in different ways. It is fun to see where a story can go.

What type of books do you mostly write?

This is our first children’s book that we have written. So, we are enjoying the whole process of seeing a small idea turn into a full colored book that children will find enjoyable to read.

Do your children inspire any of books, characters, or plots?

Tom: Yes they have. Their personalities and their uncanny way of looking at life inspire me every day.

Can you share with us a little about your current book?
Monkey Made Dream

This is a story about a little girl who wakes up for school one morning and finds that her little brother has been replaced by a monkey in his bed. The story takes you through their day as the little girl tries to explain to everyone about the monkey wearing her brother’s clothes. There is a twist at the end of the story when the truth of the story is revealed.

The world of children’s book publishing is extremely competitive, with many authors hesitating between trying their luck with a traditional publisher or self publishing. What advice would you offer writers who are oscillating between these two publishing venues?

Tom: I don’t know what the right answer is for everyone. I self-published Monkey Made Dream ourselves mainly because it was for fun. I also like to be involved with the whole process of marketing. This is our project, and we want to have a say in how to get this children’s book out to the public.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

Tom: Just keep writing every day.

Heather: Enjoy the process!

I thank you for taking the time to share with me and my readers about being an author.

About the authors

Tom Listul wrote Monkey Made Dream with his daughter, Heather Listul Hewitt, when she was eight years old. A farmer from southwest Minnesota, he is also a singer/songwriter. Listul made Monkey Made Dream into a children’s song and has sang it at numerous coffee houses and children’s classrooms. Hewitt is now a speech-language pathologist, who works for a school district with students of all ages. She enjoys helping children develop literacy skills and a love for reading.

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