Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop


I was asked by Judith Arnold to participate in this blog hop, and I decided it would be fun to talk about LUCY THE WONDER WEENIE since the book will be released soon. 

1: What is the working title of your book?


2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

One morning I was making breakfast for the kids, and I got this idea for a funny story about Lucy, our dachshund. She has an obsessive licking habit, and I thought it would be amusing if her licking problem turned out to be a super-heroic power.

3: What genre does your book come under?

Children's Fiction

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Julia Roberts would be Lucy, Vanessa Hudgens would be Natty, Tommy Tinkerknuckle would be played by Justin Bieber, and "Mommy" would be played by Kate Beckinsale. Of course.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

What happens when an ordinary weenie dog consumes a pile of magic beans? She turns into a super hero! 

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?


7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It took me twenty minutes to write the first draft. Then I had to find an illustrator! You all know I am a huge Etsy fan, so I went to Etsy and researched artists who did fun, quirky artwork with animal subjects. Luckily for me, I discovered Sara Pulver at 3Crows. She is a brilliant artist with a quirky sensibility and a fabulous sense of humor. I sent her an email and asked if she was interested in writing a book with me, and she said yes! We had a great time working on this book together. Sometimes Sara would come up with an adorable painting, and I would adjust the text to reflect her vision of the story. We worked on the book for months. Sara's artwork blows me away. She is an awesome collaborator with amazing creativity. I feel very lucky and blessed to have found such a perfect partner-in-crime for my first children's book.

Sara's painting Cat Road Trip, available at Etsy.
Her paintings are full of fun, color and humor!

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I'm not sure exactly, but I do see some similarities with Richard Scarry books. Sara adds a lot of fun detail into the background of her paintings, so it creates a really entertaining vision for the reader, examining all the characters and unexpected treasures that add so much to the story.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Lucy, my dachshund. She's a nine pound long-haired, black-and-tan miniature doxie who is a total sweetheart, but lazy as anything. She hates going for walks! Seriously. Who has ever heard of a dog who hates walks? Diva!

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

This is going to be a series! We are already brainstorming additional stories for Lucy. I have a fun one for Christmas that involves Lucy stealing a stocking and wrecking Christmas. Then she has to use her super hero powers to fix it! 

Another cool thing about this book is that we're releasing it in hard cover, paperback and digital formats. There's something for everyone. 

Thanks so much to all of my readers, colleagues and friends who have supported me on this crazy adventure. I can't wait to release this book. Should be soon. I will make a big announcement when it's release day!

Please stop by Heather Rigney's blog Mermaids Love Sushi to check out her post for this blog hop. I adored the story idea she's working on now. Really fun and funky!

Stop by Judith Arnold's blog to see what she's working on next--a women's fiction novel called The April Tree. It sounds wonderful.

Thanks for stopping by!


Unknown said...

Looking forward to reading the story to my little one. :)

Gaby G said...

Ohh such a cute book! And I LOVE the illustrations *_*

Unknown said...

Thanks for the link up, Penny! I am looking forward to Lucy's "release." Oh! I made a bad pun! But seriously, my daughter (age 4) is going to LOVE your new book!

Just want to express how much I adore your wonderfully proactive spirit, Penny. You wanted to make a children's book, found an artist on etsy, and BAM! you now have a gorgeous children's book. You are an INSPIRATION and you clearly are UNSTOPPABLE!!!

Kudos to Sara Pulver as well. I am delighted to be introduced to such a talented artist!

Tales of Whimsy said...

OMG seriously I can't wait for this one. Sounds like a must for dog lovers.

Julia Barrett said...

Cccccccuuuuute! Cannot wait! I'm so proud of you for taking this giant leap!

~Charity~ said...

Sounds like a fun story. Cute idea!

Penny Watson said...

Thanks, Amber!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Gaby! The illustrations are amazing...can't wait for everyone to see all of them. :^)

Penny Watson said...

Hi Heather! That's one of the cool things about self-pubbing now. Nothing is stopping us from our creative adventures. And it helps to have a super talented illustrator on board, too!

Penny Watson said...

Juju...I think dog-lovers, cat-lovers, animal-lovers will enjoy this one.

Penny Watson said...


Penny Watson said...

Thank you, Charity. I had a blast doing this with Sara.

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

We love Lucy stories in the 'Burgh! xxoo LVL

Heidenkind said...

Lucy is so cute!

WeHeartHome said...

This blog hop is a fabulous idea!

And I love your book idea and the illustration style! Will be adding it to my wish list :)

Xx. Holly.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Nancy! You will love all the flowers Sara includes in her's like a psychedelic garden!

Penny Watson said...

Thanks, Tasha! She is a character for sure. She is also the sweetest dog we've ever had.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Holly! Thanks so much. I LOVE your new's so stylish and fun. Great job!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

I love children's books, too! Looking forward to it!

Penny Watson said...

HMCW--thanks so much! Hope you like it. :^)