November is the month of Thanksgiving! It's filled with reminders of our blessings and it's a time to be thankful for all of the big and small things in your life. For me, I have a wonderful family and so many blessings... One of which is being able to read books! Now there are many things that contribute to that blessing, but the main contributors are the Authors that write the stories I get lost in. I wanted to show my appreciation for their time and effort, so I decided to feature a favorite Author of mine each week in November. The fifth featured Author is Meg Wiviott - Author. I came across her book, Paper Hearts and fell in love.... It was a story that was rich in history and vivid in emotion. It's a book that should be read by all! That's why it's one of my favorites from 2016 so I hope you will all check it out -> http://amzn.to/2e2Ev0S
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE WEEK, Meg Wiviott - Author
When I was six years old, I decided the world needed more Little Bear stories. I wrote and illustrated my own additions to Elsa Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak's classic series. When I showed them to my father, he kindly explained the word "plagiarism" to me. It's amazing I ever picked up a pencil again, but I did. I just stopped showing my work to my father.
In high school I wrote really, really bad poetry.
When my children were born I rediscovered the wonders of children's literature and started writing picture books again (though I don't illustrate them anymore because I can only draw stick-people).
I graduated from the MFA (Master's of Fine Arts) Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at The Vermont College of Fine Arts in July 2011.
When I am not writing, I am ususally reading, or doing needlepoint.
I am married and live in New Jersey. My husband and I have two grown kids and a ridiculously friendly cat named Slide.
Be sure to check out her pages below...
Website- MegWiviott.com Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3396559.Meg_Wiviott
FB- Meg Wiviott - Author
Meg took the time to fill out this fun interview so please be sure to read on... I'm told she reveals info on an upcoming release! <- THIS MAKES ME ALL KINDS OF EXCITED! Interview Question #1: What is your favorite fall tradition?
MW: Thanksgiving -- Family, food and football!
Interview Question #2: If you had to describe your writing using just one sentence... What would you say?
MW: Sometimes it is all rainbows and unicorns, most times, though it's like pulling teeth.
Interview Question #3: Are you thankful for any one person that inspired you to write?
MW: I was inspired by books more than any one person. My favorite books growing up were all the LITTLE BEAR stories by Elsa Holmelund Minarik, FREDDIE THE DETECTIVE by Walter R. Brooks, ME AND CALEB by Franklyn E. Meyer, and WHERE THE RED FERNS GROW by Wilson Rawls.
Interview Question #4: If you could only read two books for the rest of your life... Which two would you choose?
MW: I think I might die if I could only read two books for the rest of my life. Or I might die trying to pick two books. That said, my short list would include: THE BOOK THIEF by Marcus Zusak, hands down my most favorite book; and probably THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, because there's a lot jammed into that one book and if I can only read two books for the rest of my life, they better be really long; and maybe the new Tana French book THE TRESPASSER, which I haven't read yet, but I know I'm going to love because all her work is fantastic, and I don't mind reading mysteries again even when I know who the murderer is because it's fun to see what hints I missed.
Interview Question #5: What book are you most thankful for?
MW: THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER, because that is where my love of reading began.
Last, but not least ... Interview Question #6: Are you working on any upcoming releases?
MW: I am close to sending another historical young adult novel set in Los Alamos during 1944-45 to my agent.
Let's take a look at my review of Paper Hearts...
Here is a brief snippet:
"My heart was truly touched by this book. I found the brutality to be inspiring. It really made me feel appreciative and blessed for the most simple of things. I looked at my pen and paper completely differently. It no longer was just a piece of tree and an ink cylinder. It was a sliver of hope and power. A way to tell a historic story that should be shouted from the rooftops. I found the words insightful and important. I wanted to jump into the story and wrap my arms around the girls. I wanted to tell them how brave they were and how inspiring their story was. To know this was based on a true story just makes it that much more enthralling. I highly recommend it to every reader. This is a piece of history we should immerse ourselves in in order to always be reminded of how truly blessed we are..."
To check out my full review click below...
To end this feature, I want to say THANK YOU to Meg for taking the time to participate in our month of appreciation. I truly believe that each book is a work of art that deserves so much praise. Paper Hearts is one that should not be missed so please, please check it out!