Sunday, 25 March 2018

Duck, Duck, Moose by Joy Heyer

Duck’s best friend Goose is gone for winter and Duck is lonely. The animals try to cheer Duck, but Duck, Duck, Pig is too messy, and Duck, Duck, Moose is too scary.
Will Duck be alone until Goose gets back? Or can Duck come up with a game they all can play?

Joy Heyer lives in Virginia with her loving husband and three of her four crazy children. Her oldest child now has a child of her own, making Joy a grandma.

Her family recently convinced her to get a dog. What was she thinking? The dog now follows Joy everywhere, waits loyally at the front window every time she leaves the house, and goes berserk when she comes back, even if she was only gone for 10 seconds to get the mail.

In her spare time….wait, what spare time? Whenever her children and dog permit, she loves to read, write, paint, and dream up home improvement projects.

Interview with Joy Heyer:

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My interest in writing grew from my love of illustrating. I love how children’s books combine words and images to make a complete story. The words come to me as I draw the story.

So you designed the book cover and did the illustrations?
Yes, I am the illustrator. I actually love drawing more than writing and spend most of my time drawing. When I think of a story, it usually comes in the form of pictures first. The words come second.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
My favorite part of writing is creating sounds and rhythms with the words that are fun to read out loud.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?
You know you have good characters if their personalities demand their own name. Sometimes those names have meanings that fit the characters personality. But it is always the character who chooses the name.

Who is your favourite character from your book and why?
I really like moose. He was my favorite to paint and I loved inserting a fun personality into the drawings.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would counsel myself to get to work! It took me a long time to put in the work required to reach the skill level needed to create professionally. It takes a lot of work and practice to become good at anything—including writing and illustrating.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
When I’m not drawing and writing, I love to spend time with my family. I also like to dream up home improvement projects but I know I don’t have time to do them so they are just dreams.

Which fictional character, book or film, would you like to meet and why?
I would love to meet Anne Shirley. She is so spunky, fun, and imaginative! 

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I am a procrastinator. I would change that. It would save me so much stress…

What three words best describe your personality?
Happy, caring, and a little feisty.

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