Welcome, Jo Linsdell. Congrats on your new children’s picture book, Jo.
Written and illustrated by Jo Linsdell
Fairy May dreams of one day becoming a tooth fairy, but she struggles at school and always seems to get things wrong. With hard work and determination, she prepares for her test. Will she realize her dream and become a tooth fairy?
Release Date: 1st February 2013
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.1 inches
You can purchase Fairy May at Amazon.
About the author:
Jo Linsdell is a best selling author and illustrator, award winning blogger and freelance writer. Originally from the UK, she now lives in Rome, Italy, with her husband and their two young sons.
Author website: www.JoLinsdell.com
Also find Jo on the following social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, Goodreads, and Amazon.
And now for a little about Jo’s new book.
Please tell us a bit about Fairy May.
Fairy May is a rhyming children’s picture story book about a fairy called May who dreams of one day becoming a tooth fairy. She struggles at school and always seems to get things wrong, but with hard work and determination, she prepares for her tooth fairy exam.
2) What lessons does this book carry for the reader?
The story carries two main lessons:
A. To follow your dreams. Just because it isn’t easy doesn’t mean it can’t be achieved.
“ But Fairy May tried and tried for she had a special dream;
one day she’d be a tooth fairy, the best you’ve ever seen.”
B. The importance of dental hygiene. The text subtly introduces the reader to how to take care of their teeth correctly.
“She learnt how to brush and keep teeth clean
and how to floss right in between.”
What was your inspiration for this book?
This book is dedicated to my niece who, after seeing that my last book Out and About at the Zoo was dedicated to my two sons, asked if I’d write a book for her too.
It needed to have fairies in it and so I brainstormed on ideas and came up with Fairy May. I wanted her to be a little girl fairy and to show that it’s okay to not be perfect. I wanted young children to be able to relate to her and to encourage them to go after their dreams.
The tooth fairy part came about because several of my five-year-old’s friends have recently lost their first tooth, and he has been full of questions on the subject. My seventeen-month-old is also teething at the moment, and so the topic of dental hygiene comes up a lot in our house at the moment.
What did you learn while writing Fairy May?
The importance of having the right direction for my story, not just a good text. In the original version, the text worked fine as a story and rhymed nicely, but the overall message wasn’t as strong. After rewriting the last part, I was much happier with the focus of the story. Simple changes can make a big difference.
What projects are you working on now?
I’m busy with several projects at the moment: The Bedtime Book, another rhyming children’s picture book; The Writers and Authors Guide to Social Media and Virtual Book Tours, two non-fiction books. Twenty-thirteen is going to be a busy year for me as I have lots of other ideas too.
Thanks for joining us today, Jo. I wish you all the best with Fairy May and your upcoming projects.