Stephanie: Hello, Angie! Congrats on winning the B.R.A.G Medallion! Please tell me a little about your books, Momma’s Little Helpers and Monster Feet.
Angie: Thank you very much. I am still reeling about the news! Momma’s Little Helpers received the Medallion first so why don’t we start with that one.
Momma’s Little Helpers is a story about five young girls who embark upon an adventure to rally support for their sick Mother. They turn to Santa to help obtain help from many mystical characters such as the Sandman. It holds several messages for young children including the importance of teamwork and giving support to those in need. It truly is surprising how much support the young girls are able to rally.
Monster Feet is about a young girl named Sue who experiences recurring nightmares. Each night she wakes up to find she has different feet—animal feet! Sue comes up with a prayer which she recites every night in an effort to deter her dreams. But each night the nightmares return. Sue eventually overcomes her fears and learns to embrace the new feet. It is a very fun book and children absolutely love it!
Stephanie: Is this your first Children’s’ book and will there be others?
Angie: Momma’s Little Helpers was my first children’s book. Monster Feet was the second. And yes, there will be more to come!
Stephanie: Where there any challenges you faced while writing your story?
Angie: I write most of my children’s stories in verse so sometimes managing to relay a message within the confines of structured poem can be difficult. Finding words which express what I am trying to tell as well as rhyming together is not always easy. But it also has to be simple enough for a young reader to understand. Then there is making certain that the story maintains its tempo and does not fall off beat anywhere too much. I also find it difficult sometimes to be grammatically correct all the time when writing in verse considering that most times the verse consists of fragmented sentences.
Stephanie: Who designed your book cover?
Angie: I designed the cover of Monster Feet and used Createspace’s Design software to help me design the cover for Momma’s Little Helpers. I used their template and inserted my own imagery.
Stephanie: What is the moral to your story?
Angie: Both books encourage selflessness, courage, teamwork, helping others, caring, and much, much more.
Stephanie: Do you have illustrations in your story? If so, who created them?
Angie: Both of these books are picture books. I cannot draw so I had to do my research and find many clipart images online which were in the public domain to help paint the picture which I envisioned in my head. Once I had the clipart that I wanted to use, I relied on my technical skills to manipulate the art in a manner that suited my needs. Sometimes, I left pieces of art untouched and blended it with the backgrounds and other characters that I was using, and other times I changed the art dramatically to get the outcome that I was looking for. It is most definitely a skill that I have sharpened since writing my children’s books.
Stephane: What do you like most about story telling?
Stephanie: I love being able to express myself creatively; but I enjoy making people smile and taking them on an adventure which screams fun! And if we have a few chuckles along the way… Great! Then, I have achieved all that I set out to do when I began writing.
Stephanie: What is up next for you?
Angie: I am proud to tell you that Monster Feet was received so well that I was easily convinced to turn it into a series. Monster Feet: Sue’s Deep Sea Adventures will be released next week on Valentine’s Day! My seven year old niece, Kelsey More, contributed many fresh ideas and gave feedback for the new story. She is being named as a coauthor to the book and has now become engrossed in story telling too.
I am also currently writing two novels, Before the Storm for my YA fantasy series Gates of the Realm and The Caverly Hotel which is based off of a Vermont Urban legend. I expect, Before the Storm to be released late this summer and The Caverly Hotel to be released on Halloween.
Stephanie: How did you discover indieBRAG?
Angie: I was researching marketing ideas online. I did a search for medallions and it did not take me long to find you.
Stephanie: Where can reader buy your book?
Angie: You can buy Momma’s Little Helpers and Monster Feet at the Createspace store and at Amazon. I have also enlisted them into the extended channels so they will be available at most online retailers soon as well as some book stores.
Thank you, Angie!
A message from BRAG:
We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview Angie Harris, who is the author of, Momma’s Little Helpers and Monster Feet, 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, Momma’s Little Helpers and Monster Feet, merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.
I was born in Burlington, Vermont and graduated from C.C.V. with an AS in Technology. I work days at a high school with titles from IT Tech to Media Lab Supervisor. I love family, music, and writing.