Talented Author, Miranda Paul and Trainbots

Miranda Paul.jpgI first met Miranda Paul through the 12×12 challenge.  I was immediately impressed by her passion and willingness to give back to the kidlit community. She’s a fellow blogateer for Children’s Book Academy and an incredible wordsmith. Exactly 4 weeks from today her newest book, Trainbots, will be released! I’m thrilled to interview her on Writers’ Rumpus!
Kirsti Call: When did you start writing children’s books, and why?
Miranda Paul: Technically, second grade. But I’m sure that’s not what you meant. I took my first class on writing for children in 2003 with Lucille Clifton. During that class I realized how hard writing a children’s book was. It wasn’t until 2010 that I finished my first official draft of a children’s story. I think I’ve always wanted to write for children because it’s such a transformative time, and books are such an influential part of that. I also think it’s where my talents are best suited.
KC: What was your favorite picture book as a child?  
MP: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
KC: I just read Whose Hands Are These? to a group of 2nd graders and they loved the guessing game. What sparked the idea for this story? whose_hands_final_cover_lo-res
MP: I started working at a very young age, and have had many jobs throughout my lifetime so far. I’m also fascinated by what hands can do to help others, especially when my husband fixes (or builds) things around the house. Combined with my love for some other interactive “game” picture books, Whose Hands Are These? was born.
KC: Many of your books are non-fiction.  What type of research is usually involved?
To read more of this interview, go here, to Writer's Rumpus. 

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