Hazel Intermews “Super Happy Party Bears” Author Marcie Colleen!

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Hello, Everypawdy!

Hope you are having a great week! I met Marcie at her talk on how to write chapter books. Marcie wrote a bunch of chapter books about bears who are super happy and love to party!

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I am super happy to share our intermew!

Hazel Intermews Marcie Colleen!

Hazel: Hi Marcie! Thanks so much for being here! What advice do you have for bright young kitties interested in a writing career?

Marcie: “If you can dream it, you can be it.” Read a lot. Write a lot. Take classes. Attend book events and conferences when you can. And never give up on your dream. It will be hard work. It might take a while. But any dream of yours is truly worth it.

Hazel: Do you have any kitties or sock monkeys in your life?

Marcie: I do not have any kitties, but I do have a sock monkey. His name is Bloois. He is quite mischievous and therefore inspires lots of my stories.

Hazel: What’s your favorite sock monkey story?

Marcie: Bloois loves ceiling fans. He calls them “whirl-a-birds.” And although he is often content sitting on the bed, watching the “whirl-a-bird” spin around and around, one time he decided he wanted to ride it.

He climbed up (sock monkeys are very good at climbing) and hung from one of the fan’s blades. He then signaled one of his other stuffy buddies (Bloois is not an only child) to flick the switch. The fan started up and Bloois flew around and around, holding on tight to the blade of the “whirl-a-bird.” Until…he couldn’t hold on any longer and was flung off like a torpedo.

Luckily a vase of flowers broke his fall. But as he laid there, sopping wet and covered in petals, he was grinning from ear to ear.

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Hazel: What do the Super Happy Party Bears do when they aren’t partying?

Marcie: One might say, they are always partying. They have breakfast parties and lunch parties and snack-time parties and dinner parties. And doughnut preparation parties and “get ready for bed” parties and slumber parties. Every second of the day is reason to party, according to the Super Happy Party Bears. In fact, they even have “party planning” parties to make sure that each party goes off without a hitch!

Hazel: How did you learn to write for kids?

Marcie: Honestly, I read a lot of kids books. I think the best way to learn about writing a certain kind of book is to read widely in that format or genre. When I wanted to learn how to write picture books, I spent years reading every picture book that I could get my hands on. And I did the same to learn how to write chapter books. Read, read, read!

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Hazel: What do you think a character needs in order to resonate with young readers?

Marcie: I try and write characters that are relatable and child-like so that my young readers can see themselves in my characters—even a grumpy porcupine mayor. I mean, who isn’t a little cranky and prickly once in a while? Add a few dashes of humor, a dollop or two of heart, and a whole lot of wacky adventures and readers will be turning pages well into the night (by flashlight, of course) to find out what the character will do next.

Hazel: Why do you think characters are so important to get right in chapter books?

Marcie: Chapter books are often a reader’s first step into independent reading. Therefore, characters in chapter books are like reading ambassadors. They welcome kids into their world to make them laugh, expand their horizons, and take them on exciting adventures. The more engaging a character, the more willing a reader will be to join them on the journey through a book, which leads to another book, and another book, building lifelong readers page by page.

Hazel: What’s the most efficient way you’ve found to take a chapter book from concept to completion?

Marcie: I imagine that the story I am telling is an episode of a cartoon. I outline the story from start to finish, placing chapter breaks where the commercial breaks would be. And then when I write, I visualize the cartoon playing out in my mind. It helps to keep the writing action and dialogue focused, and not rely too much on voiceover-like narration.

Hazel: Wow, what a pawtastic intermew! Thanks again, Marcie!

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You can find the first “Super Happy Party Bears” book here, and pre-order her debut picture book, “Love, Triangle,” here.

Thanks for reading!!

Hazel

About Marcie Colleen

In previous chapters Marcie Colleen has been a teacher, an actress, and a nanny, but now she spends her days writing children’s books! She is the author of THE SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS chapter book series with Macmillan/Imprint, as well as LOVE, TRIANGLE, her picture book debut, illustrated by Bob Shea, which will be released October 3, 2017 with Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins. She lives with her husband and their mischievous sock monkey in San Diego, California. Visit her at www.thisismarciecolleen.com or on Twitter: @MarcieColleen1.

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Caturday Intermew with Snugglefluff!

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Happy Caturday, Everypawdy!

Today I have a pawtastic intermew with my furriend, Snugglefluff!

Hazel: Hi Snugglefluff! Thanks so much for being here. Other than being ridiculously cute and floofy, what advice do you have for bright young kittens aspiring to build a web presence?

Snugglefluff: Be polite and nice to people, always reply to people’s comments and give them your purrrs and smoochies! It’s also nice to share other people’s pages when they ask you to, it doesn’t hurt and it will only take a minute of your time!  🙂 Plus, it’s always nice to make new friends!

Hazel: I love new furriends! Who has been your biggest inspurration and why?

Snugglefluff: That would be Lil’ Bub and any kitty that has been born with disabilities of any way, or been into an accident/or abused in any way and survived with love and compassion.

Hazel: That is inspurring! Kitties can get through a lot with just a little bit of love. What’s a mistake that you’ve made?

Snugglefluff: My mistake would be that I didn’t watch my back when I was near my brofur Batman! He bit me on my neck once more! I should stop being such a silly mind wanderer! *giggle*

Hazel: Ow, that’s gotta hurt! I like asking about mistakes because I’m pretty sure I haven’t made one yet. I also like knowing what you’re reading and watching! What are some of your favorite books, movies, and/or TV shows?

Snugglefluff:

Books: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman

Movies: Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, Rocky, Requiem for a Dream, Mystic River

TV shows: The Simpsons, Charmed, The Fairly OddParents, Hatfields and McCoys and Justified!!

Hazel: I love The Simpsons too! That’s how I knew my breath smelled like cat food! 😉 Who would you love to have dinner with? What would you eat and where?

Snugglefluff: I would love to have dinner with my lovebun Eddie the face! We will eat the best royal food! I will have royal dry food and he will have royal pâté, at my house of course! I need mommy always by my side!!

Hazel: I love that tiara you’re wearing! Speaking of royal felines, how do you feel about the rise of feline power, and how do you see that power shaping the world in the future?

Snugglefluff: I am already wearing my tiara so I will be ready for it! Feline power will rise and we will conquer the world with our purrrrrs and headbonks! Humans will learn to respect and love every feline and animals or else our claws will have the final say!

Hazel: Last question: if you could say only one thing to a potential new or existing follower, what would you like them to know?

Snugglefluff: “If you treat me right and respect me, I will be your eternal purrrring floofy kitty!”

Hazel: Haha what a great offer! Thanks, Snugglefluff, I had a lot of fun!

And thank YOU reader for reading!

A Cordial Purr,

Hazel