Interview with Simone Paz

What are you working on next?
I am currently taking a break! I have done six books within the last 2 years, and want to do at least another 3 this year, but plan to start in May. I'm thinking maybe about Sammy the Snake's first day at school, and then one about visiting the dentist. These books will be aimed at helping kids to get through these sorts of "scary" experiences.
Who are your favorite authors?
I loved Dr Seuss as a child, and as for books for adults, I love John Grisham.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My husband and my children
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With family doing activities, or watching tv, reading, going out with my husband for lunch or dinner dates!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't read many ebooks. If I like a hard copy book that I don't have, and want to look at it right away, I will google the ebook version.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, my first book - Francine and Mattt, which I finally published years later.
What is your writing process?
I sit at the computer and already usually have a basic idea for a story in my head. My books are in verse, so I love those days where the rhyming just seems to flow easily! When I get into it, it just happens naturally.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read so many books as a child. My dad always loved 'Alice in Wonderland' and we used to read it together, so that story always reminds me of him.
How do you approach cover design?
I do my pictures using photoshop, drawing form scratch. I always put the main character on the front of the book and add lots of bright colors. I like to keep it simple and eye catching.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Giving all of my profits to children in need is a great joy. The money helps with their education and that's a big thing. The kids that I am currently helping live in a small town in Africa, and they don't have much. When I see how much my own children have and the lives they lead, it is so sad to know that there are so many kids out there with so little and who have so much to offer. Children in the western world are so spoilt!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Definitely the iPad. I don't have a kindle so I really can't compare, but the iPad is great for kids books! The colors are so vivid and using iBooks is so easy.
Published 2016-03-14.
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