I've known this writer for many years. She was one of the first people to welcome me to the Ozarks. Since that time I've grown to love and admire her work, both as a teacher and now an author. Willy Robbins grew up on a family farm in Southwest Missouri. Her love for reading began at a young age, and as a teacher she continues to spread the joys of reading to her students. When Willy isn't reading or writing, you might find her at an antique store looking for treasures. However, her favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband and four children at their home in the beautiful Ozarks. Thanks for joining us today!
I’m always curious as to why people write the genre they do. You write children’s books. Give us some insight as to the reason for your choice.
I decided to write children's books as a way to help young parents with all those things we have all been afraid of, like something in our closet or even the first day of school. Reading a fun book with bright pictures to a little one, hopefully will encourage confidence in them, as well as encourage the love of reading in the future.
Soon your second book will be released. What can you tell us about this new book?
Brooding School Blues is about a little chick that is afraid of her first day of school. She seeks the help of her older brother, and instead of the chance to really tease her, he decides to take her on a tour of the school and show her the fun things she will learn. Brooding School Blues is a fun picture book full of farmyard animals little ones will be able to enjoy as they follow Melba and discover school is a fun place to learn.
You work full time and still manage to write. That is a difficult task to maintain. What is your secret?
My secret is this...I sneak off to the kitchen and write. No one else cooks or does dishes in my house, so it is pretty quiet there. Seriously, I eke out a few pages here and there when there is time. I write a lot on Sunday evenings. Sometimes, when I should be doing lesson plans, I find myself tweaking a small story as well as making illustration notes.
Writers are always pushing themselves to try new things. What would you like to try next?
I would like to try a young adult paranormal novel. After starting a notebook of characters, I am now learning how they will work together in a book. That is the tricky part, jumping out of a comfort zone, into the unknown.
As a new published author I’m sure you've found certain aspects difficult or unexpected. Can you discuss what makes you crazy since most of us have that moment?
I would have to say the most difficult aspect is waiting on illustrations. Seeing the pictures that make the words is so exciting, and waiting on them is tedious. I have learned patience. Another unexpected turn is that selling a book is difficult. There are so many books on the market that trying to get your own noticed is tough. Time is the last speed bump I have encountered. In order to jump from hobby author to full time author takes time, which I don't have at this point due to being employed as a full time teacher.
What advice would you give for writers trying to get the courage to publish?
Just do it. Find a mentor and hook on to their coat tails and learn. You have to be willing to just let yourself get out there, scary but necessary.
So tell us about your first picture book.
In My Closet is the story about a young boy that needs to go to bed, but is certain there is something in his closet. Read how Ernie finds out for himself what could possibly be or not be in his closet.
It’s always exciting to find out more about up and coming authors. How can people contact you or find your book?
Facebook author page: on.FB.me/VW1Rsq
Amazon quick link to purchase your copy Amzn.to/1qV6JaC