Quirks and Quills, "Next Big Thing Blog Tour"

First of all, let me thank, Janet Mclaughlin, author of the awesome books "Get Psyched" and her newest "Psyched out" for inviting me along on this book tour. Here you'll have a chance to follow along and meet authors of all genres. This will be a Q&A where you will get to know a little more about me. I usually introduce other authors, so letting you all know a little about who I am is a rarity. I hope you enjoy, and make sure to follow the next author on the tour, Wendy Nystrom. Her links you'll find below after my Q&A.

Q&A with Jodi Brooks Stone, Children's Book Author and Illustrator

1. What is the working title of your next book?
'An Easter Bonnet for Lily' is the most recent publication. It was just released on March 1st with Anchor Group Publishing.

2. Where did the idea come for the book?
Something my close friends and family know about me is that I am a huge party planner. I am always looking for an excuse to throw a party. Well, I was actually planning a Christmas party, and feeling a little sad knowing Christmas would soon be over. I couldn't help but think, okay next major holiday will be Easter, so I will be able to plan an Easter party for my girls. My youngest daughter, Savannah walked up to me as I was making a list, and I was telling her all about some party ideas, and the first thing to pop out of her mouth was, "I must have a fancy dress this Easter, mama." Somehow that was all the inspiration I needed to begin the draft of this book. Of course, it took some modifying, but eventually the book came to life.

3. Genre?
This book is a children's book, specifically geared for ages between 4-8, but I've had ten year old children tell me they loved it. I think reading is crucial at any age, so that makes me very happy.

4. What, if any actors would you star to play in a movie version of this book?
In my writings, all I can see is my own daughters, perhaps because they are always what inspires the stories I create. I am not sure I can envision a movie, but I would love to see a cartoon made from the Stone Sisters Series.

5. What is a one sentence synopsis of the book?
If you can believe in yourself and magic, the magic will believe in you.

6. Who is the publisher of the book?
This book is published through Anchor Group Publishing. They are a traditional publisher made up of an amazing group of authors. http://www.anchorgrouppublishing.com

7. Would you compare your books to others out there, and if so what books are yours most like?
I am frequently asked this question, but I am a humble person so it's hard to answer. I like to think I'm unique, but have been compared to Pinkalicious and Fancy Nancy which is a huge compliment.

8. Who inspired this book?
This book was most definitely inspired by my three amazing daughters: Brooke, Lexi and Savannah. They give me inspiration for everything I do.

9. What else would the reader maybe like to know, or what might pique their interest?
I am a huge believer of many things: I believe in God and in the love and faith of family and friends. I believe in magic and fairies and that holding onto any and all things imagination are crucial to life, and a happy one at that. I believe in the power of a great book, and the fact that for a moment you can be swept into a magical world simply through a turn of a page and someone's creation. I just believe.

I hope you all have enjoyed a little about me, and my newest book, 'An Easter Bonnet for Lily'. It can be found on Amazon. I am currently working on illustrations for three more books I've written, and look forward to sharing them and any future works with the world. I pray that this writer's mind continues to grow, and that if there is anything my children receive out of the gifts I have put onto paper, it is that every bit of the love and effort made was for them. Thanks to Janet Mclaughlin, author of an amazing group of YA books for inviting me to this tour. You can find her links below as well. And now, I will introduce and hand off to Wendy Nystrom, one of my favorite children's book authors...her books are so lovely, you won't want to miss them.

http://www.amazon.com/An-Easter-Bonne...

http://www.facebook.com/jodistone.chi...

Janet Mclaughlin:

http://www.amazon.com/Psyched-Out-Get...

Wendy Nystrom is up next...her books can be found at:

http://www.amazon.com/Helga-Returns-J...

http://www.amazon.com/James-Saves-the...
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Published on March 18, 2013 06:10 Tags: janet-mclaughlin, wendy-nystrom
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message 1: by Gail (new)

Gail Hedrick Good job, girls!
Neither of you know, but my first print MG mystery comes out this spring- Something Stinks! from Tumblehome Learning-pretty cool, huh?
This is a neat idea-sell lots of books, and it's so fun learning about our fellow authors-we are an amazing bunch.


message 2: by Jodi (new)

Jodi Stone Gail wrote: "Good job, girls!
Neither of you know, but my first print MG mystery comes out this spring- Something Stinks! from Tumblehome Learning-pretty cool, huh?
This is a neat idea-sell lots of books, and i..."


Thanks, Gail!
Very exciting that you have your first print MG mystery! Can't wait to read it!
Hope you are doing well! Love seeing this group growing as much as it is!

Jodi


message 3: by Gail (new)

Gail Hedrick Hi,
It is exciting, isn't it! What are you working on now?
You, Janet, and I still need to meet somewhere along I-75 one day and talk writing. Do you go to SCBWI events?
Take care,
Gail


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