Stephanie: Hello Barbara! Congrats on winning the BRAG Medallion. Please tell me about your book, Little Miss HISTORY Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE.
Barbara: Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore is the first in a series of books using the Little Miss HISTORY character as a guide. She looks like a wannabe park ranger with pig tails and hiking boots three sizes too big. With her as your child’s guide learning about people and places of historical importance will be fun and educational. The aim of these books is to whet your child’s appetite to learn more about history and perhaps even visit these landmarks with you. Little Miss HISTORY presents information in a whimsical and factual way while amusing your child. I hope you will invite her into your home and enjoy this first adventure, and those to follow, with your loved ones.
Stephanie: What genre does this fall under?
Barbara: This book is children’s non-fiction. In the US it would be generally be aligned with fifth grade core curriculum which studies American history.
Stephanie: What inspired you to write children’s books?
Barbara: I am a historian with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in history who has New York State teaching certifications in elementary, special education and educational supervision. I spent several years as a principal of a special education preschool special education supervisor. Now that I am retired, I write biweekly historical articles for a local news magazine, but I also wanted to stay involved with children. So I married my love of teaching with history by using the Little Miss HISTORY character to inspire children to learn about historical people and visit landmarks such as the one covered in this book,
Stephanie: Are there any challenges writing children’s books?
Barbara: There are two challenges. The writer needs to make the text clear and concise. In my books, the pictures are really important in displaying the message as well as adding a level of humor and fun.
Stephanie: Is this your first published book?
Barbara: This is my first published children’s book. Previously I have published my master’s thesis and historical magazine articles.
Stephanie: Is there a message you would like your readers to grasp?
Barbara: I would like children to understand and appreciate our connections to our past history and its relevance to our future. At the same time, I want them to appreciate them as part of our heritage not a dull collection of facts.
Stephanie: Who designed your book cover?
My husband, who is a talented illustrator and writer, designed the cover, the illustrations and all the computer set up for the book. We sit side by side and align the text with the illustrations.
Stephanie: What book project are you currently working on?
Barbara: My second book in this series in which Miss HISTORY visits the Statue of Liberty will be released shortly before this interview. I am already working on final editing of the third book to be released before the end of spring 2014.
Stephanie: Will you submit it to indieBRAG?
Barbara: My second book is already on its way to indieBRAG, and I do plan to submit the third book when it is released.
Stephanie: How did you discover indieBRAG?
Barbara: I discovered indieBRAG while surfing online and doing research on independent authors and websites. So glad that I did!
Again, I would like to thank you Stephanie for the time you took to chat with me and get to know more fellow indie readers and writers out there on the internet!
Barbara, it was a pleasure! Thank you!
I have two children and four stepchildren. My husband and I are also blessed with six grandchildren including two sets of twins! We live in Columbia County, New York where we write and draw daily in the studio located in our home. I spent many years studying history and have traveled extensively. My teaching career has involved working in the classroom and being a principal and administrator. Being able to combine my love of history, travel, and teaching in writing children’s books with the Little Miss
History character is a dream come true for me.
Author website: http://www.littlemisshistory.com
Author blog: http://bamauthor.wordpress.com
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A message from BRAG:
We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview Barbara Ann Mojica, who is the author of, Little Miss HISTORY Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE one of our medallion honorees at www.bragmedallion.com . To be awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion TM, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, Little Miss HISTORY Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.