You know how writers are always saying that publishing a book is like giving birth to a child (but without the epidural and blood)? And you know how teachers and parents (well, parents who are honest) can usually sum up their kids in just a couple of sentences? That made me think…how would I sum up my books if they were kids?
?Stampede! Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School (Clarion, 2009): My first-born. Maybe it’s my secret love-child, because nobody seems to know it exists! But he’s a likable class clown once people?get to know him.
A Leaf Can Be… (Millbrook, 2012): The overachiever. I hoped he would find friends, and I’ve been amazed and thrilled with his popularity. He gets along with all kinds of people.
Water Can Be… (coming from Millbrook, 2014): The little brother. Can he live up to his big brother’s relative success? AND, since there’s a third Can Be… book coming in 2015, I feel like he’s got the responsibility to ensure the success of?the family line. Ack!
So, published writers, how would you define YOUR books as kids?