Tina Talbot, our fabulous author, wants you, the readers, to get to know her as well as possible and what better way to do that than an interview with her. Today we will be asking Tina a few questions about her life and what it has been like producing the books that we all love. From questions about the writing process, to fun little facts about her, this interview will give you a glimpse into what it is like as a children's book author.
When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?
'I never thought about being a writer per se. When Trump was President he announced that he was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, and that made me furious. His irresponsibility made me put pen to paper. If he wasn't going to take nature's survival seriously, and put people's lives at risk, then it was up to me to do it. Gandhi said 'Be the change you wish to see in the world'; so that's what I did'.
How did publishing your first book change your view on being a writer?
'I think it made me fully appreciate the power of the written word. Words can change the world, and it made me realise that with publishing comes great responsibility'.
Have you ever had writer's block?
'Never. I know what my message is, and I can't get it out fast enough! I think, writers should erase the term 'writer's block', and remind themselves why they want to write instead. What's in your heart? What do you want to achieve? Do you have a message you want to convey? A story you want to tell? Do you want to help people, or is it helping you in a therapeutic way? Are you creative or instructional? There are so many questions to ask yourself to find your passion to write'.
Do you have any foods/drinks/music to get you in the mood to write?
'Tea! I like to be near a kettle!'.
What is your favourite book store?
'I love my local Waterstones in Epsom. Also, there is a lovely independent book store in Arundel that I also love called Kim's Bookshop.'
Speaking of Waterstones, all of our books are on their website! Head over to waterstones.com to check out 'The Daring Droplets', 'The Daring Droplets' Diary' and The Wilful Wildflowers'. We hope that this interview with Tina Talbot has helped you get to know her, as well as the books, even better.
To read even more blog posts on Tina, check out 'The life of a children's book author' post, as well as a post dedicated to you all getting to know her called, 'About Tina Talbot'. Thanks for reading!
By Pia Talbot