Sunday, March 15, 2015

Tour Kick Off: Lexi Goes on Vacation to the Outer Banks by @janicekingsbury #giveaway

Children's Book
Date Published: October 2014

Ms. Janice and Mr. Rob have vacationed in the seashore town of Duck in North Carolina for 10 years. Duck is a friendly place with sandy beaches where children and dogs romp to their hearts content. This year Lexi, a new addition to their dog family, will come too. But the vacation will be like no other and as the sun sets on the beach it promises to be a long night, one the family will never forget!

Full color illustrations appeal to children and make the book come alive. The action and adventure encourage children to read to the end and learn new vocabulary. Even reluctant readers will want to finish the story.

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
Writing has become my career as I spend many hours trying to get everything just right, to market the book, and to do book signings.  I also do a number of fundraisers for animals and other charities.  I donate a portion of the proceeds from book sales to charity. Writing for me is about all of the other things I’ve done or learned.  I worked as a teacher and taught reading; I worked as a School Psychologist and a counselor.  I’ve also done animal rescue for years. Lexi Goes on Vacation to the Outer Banks combines my knowledge, love, and experience in all of those fields. I generally see writing as something I do because it makes me happy and hopefully makes others happy when they read my stories. It’s therapeutic to write and I am privileged to share my stories with others.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
For me the hardest part of the writing process is editing.  I have to guard against becoming too wordy.  Writing is cathartic and you can go on too long.  I also like people to understand all of the background so I have to stop myself from filling in too many details. Then there is the moment that you are finished with the manuscript and you ask yourself, “Is it good?”  Will people enjoy this story?

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
The only person who has given me direct help is my husband.  Often I will bounce ideas off him or ask him to be the first person to read a draft and give me feedback.  He also will help with editing.  Many of the people in the Outer Banks have unknowingly helped me.  Duck is a friendly place and people enjoy talking, asking about my dogs, or just exchanging stories.  It’s amazing how creativity thrives in this type of environment.  The rescue group I belong to, Burlington County Animal Alliance, provides a lot of moral support and friendship.  And of course, the folks are animal lovers.

#4 – What is next for your writing?

I am nearly finished with my next book, “Chihuahuas Like Cheese.” It’s a fun book that makes you laugh and smile. It’s for children, but adults seem to enjoy my books just as much! We are putting the finishing touches on the drawings and doing lots of fun publicity shots.  I’ve also started my own publishing company and am finishing up the logos and design for it.  I’ve written 3 other books, but I’m undecided about publishing them at this point.  I ‘m itching to write two others that I have ideas about and have started.  One is a children’s book, the other is more of an adult novel.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading? I’ve been a voracious reader my entire life.  My mother also loved to read and bought me books all the time.  My best presents for birthdays and holidays were books.  I just finished “We are Water” by Wally Lamb.  I’ve read all of his books and am a big fan.  Before that I read a Lisa Scottoline book.  I’ve read most of her collection.  I just started “Girl on a Train.”  It’s a bit of a slow start, but I’m hoping it picks up! I enjoy all types of books including mystery and thrillers, true crime, fiction and nonfiction.

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:
A heartfelt tale about family, friendship and animal rescue that is full of edgy adventure and unforgettable surprise.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? I have both and enjoy both, but I couldn’t go to the gym without an Mp3.  Exercise without music at a gym is not fun for me.

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla please

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Love both but I eat French fries more often.

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Probably drama.  I think comedy is very personal and specific to age, gender, and taste.  Love a good laugh, like Seinfeld.  My favorite TV drama is house. I would generally choose drama.

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Neither is my style and I’ve read both.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Depends how it’s written.  Fantasy can be more interesting most of the time.

#7 – Call or Text? Text.  Love it.  Really dislike talking on the phone often.

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public School prepares you better for the real world, promotes social skills, sportsmanship, and so many other important developmental skills.  The down side-still on 180-day schedule in most schools and there is a lot of down time.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate Love my coffee first thing in the morning!  I even look forward to it! 

#10 – eBook or Paperback? I love technology and spend a lot of time on it, but when it comes to books, I still like to look and feel the book and carry it from place to place.  I’ve tried kindles, eBooks, and ipad, but nothing like a print book!

Janice Wills Kingsbury grew up in New Jersey.  She worked as a teacher and later as a School Psychologist for 18 years.  Janice also taught reading and has a love of children's literature.  Janice is also involved in animal rescue. Her children's books are written from the heart and portray her love of and knowledge about children and animals. The stories will capture children's interest and imagination.  Age 6-12, but suitable for all ages, even adults.

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a charming book! Loved reading your This or That answers.