Indie Saturday – Author Angela Muse on her Children’s book ‘The Nutt Family: An Acorny Adventure’
Today, we have author Angela Muse featured on the blog’s ‘Indie Saturday‘ for her children’s picture book ‘The Nutt Family: An Acorny Adventure‘.
Angela Muse was one of the highly recommended authors from our consultant for this month – ERIK of THIS KID REVIEWS BOOKS!. Erik has given scores of Five out of Five in his reviews for The Nutt Family : An Acorny Adventure and Lil Glimmer (another picture book by Angela).
Angela Muse writes :
Let me start off by saying that fall is by far my favorite season of the year. Thanksgiving is my holiday. I seriously wonder sometimes if it was invented just for me. I love to cook this gigantic meal and surround myself with family. That is my idea of heaven. My family can attest to the fact that I am a fall freak! It is no surprise to them that I wrote a children’s story about one of the symbols of fall…….acorn nuts.
This story took shape in the fall of 2009. My two children and I were out in our backyard gathering acorns to use to decorate our mantle and dining room table. It’s funny how a handful of nuts can inspire us.
As I was rummaging under fallen leaves to find our hidden acorn gems, I thought, wouldn’t it make a cute story to see some little acorn family in a children’s book? After decorating the inside of our house for fall, we had dinner and put the kids to bed. I couldn’t shake the image of the little acorn children in my mind so that evening I wrote The Nutt Family: An Acorny Adventure. The story’s main focus is on the two acorn siblings, Chess Nutt and his sister, Praline. They are always having imaginary adventures, but things get a little nutty when they get to experience a real adventure.
I wrote the story in 2009, but I let it sit in my office for two and a half years before my son encouraged me to get it completed. I started the search for an illustrator and found an amazing one in Europe. We have formed a great partnership and I’m so pleased with her incredible work.
I based the Chess and Praline characters on my own children. My son is the oldest and he is very protective of his little sister. Chess is the one who usually has to rescue Praline when they are on a pretend adventure, but I wanted Praline to be able to show that she can be a tough nut too. I wanted to convey that these little nuts go through many obstacles during their adventure, but they never give up and they always stick together. That is what family is all about, isn’t it? Never giving up on one another and always being there.
We are currently working on our fourth children’s book, The Bee Bully, which we hope to have completed this summer.
You can check out all our stories at www.4eyesbooks.com. Follow me on Twitter @amuse663 and find us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/4eyesbooks/126599224129551.
“I was born in California to a military family. This meant that I was the “new kid” in school every couple of years. It was hard always trying to make new friends, but I discovered I had a knack for writing. I began writing poetry in high school and really enjoyed expressing myself by using pen and paper. After becoming a Mom in 2003, I continued my storytelling to my own children. In 2009 I wrote and published my first children’s book aimed at toddlers. In 2012 I am set to release several more children’s books. Check out what I’m working on by visiting www.4eyesbooks.com
I also write a blog about living on a gluten-free diet. I love to cook so I share my recipe successes and failures as I continue living without gluten.
Writing is such a wonderful creative process and I look forward to sharing more of my stories with lots of new little readers!”
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Read an embedded sample of “The Nutt Family: An Acorny Adventure” after the jump!