Hello! Today I have a treat for you. Stephanie Faris has recently unveiled her newest cover for Piper Morgan Joins the Circus. One word: adorable!
I asked Stephanie to discuss what’s it like to write for a younger audience. I loved her answer and it really made me think about all the stories I enjoyed when I was a kid and how they still influence me today. Enough from me. Here’s Stephanie:
Crafting Stories for Young Readers
by Stephanie Faris
I’m not the only children’s author who has written for many different age groups. In fact, many of the authors I know have at least written a young adult book. But as fun as it is to create stories for my peers, there’s something special about writing for a young audience.
As an aspiring romance novelist, I was very active in Romance Writers of America. I watched as countless romance novelists promoted their books at RWA chapter meetings and conferences. When you publish an adult novel, writing organizations can be a huge sales tool. Writers are some of the biggest readers and they’ll not only buy your books, but they’ll become your biggest fans.
Children’s authors have to be creative to reach our readers. We go through school librarians and parents, hoping they’ll recommend the books to their kids. We do school visits and events at local libraries and just hope to sell a few books as a result. There are authors who make far more money on school visits than on book sales. But because of this, landing a school visit can now be tough, since there are so many authors offering to do visits.
The biggest difference between writing for adults and writing for children is the reader. When a child walks up to you with that look in her eye, it makes your year. You realize, in that moment, that the words you’re writing actually make an impact. Every time I remember a saying that I learned from a book, I realize that some child, somewhere, may read the words I write and remember them for life.
And that is why I have the best job in the world!
Piper Morgan Joins the Circus
By Stephanie Faris
When Piper Morgan has to move to a new town, she is sad to leave behind her friends, but excited for a new adventure. She is determined to have fun, be brave and find new friends.
And after learning her mom’s new job will be with the Big Top Circus, Piper can’t wait to learn all about life under the big top, see all the cool animals, and meet the Little Explorers, the other kids who travel with the show. She’s even more excited to learn that she gets to be a part of the Little Explorers and help them end each show with a routine to get the audience on their feet and dancing along!
But during Piper’s grand debut, her high kicks and pointed toes don’t go quite as planned. After causing a dance disaster, she has to prove to everyone–especially queen of the Little Explorers, Lexie–that she belongs in the spotlight.
Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing.
Stephanie is the Simon & Schuster author of 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, as well as the upcoming Piper Morgan series. When she isn’t crafting fiction, she writes for a variety of online websites on the topics of business, technology, and her favorite subject of all—fashion. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a sales executive.
Before I go, I want to mention that another blogging buddy, Milo James Fowler, has released a new book. Beyond: Space Opera.
In the vein of Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, and Guardians of the Galaxy, this space opera collection includes humorous action and adventure alongside stories with heart. These tales won’t leave you in the pits of despair. Instead, they’ll lift your spirits, taking you to places unknown.
You’ll travel the stars to far-flung planets, meeting heroic humans and aliens alike — even a mech and a clone. There may be lions and jet packs, to boot. No pigs in this space, but otherwise, all bets are off.
Strap in, and prepare yourself for a wild ride!
INCLUDED IN THIS COLLECTION:
“Captain Quasar and the Kolarii Kidnappers” by Milo James Fowler
“The Ungreat Escape” by Siobhan Gallagher
“All Comms Down” by Anne E. Johnson
“Remembrance Day” by Simon Kewin
“The Lion’s Den” by Devin Miller
“Captain Clone” by Deborah Walker
Right now the book is free. I just grabbed my copy. Don’t miss out!