AuthorHouse wishes you and your families a Happy New Year! We’d like to kick off 2014 by wrapping up our three-part interview with self-published author Sanjini Bhakta. You can find the first two parts at our main Author Blogs page.
Sanjini is the author of two children’s books with AuthorHouse, My Life as a Dollar Bill and The Chocolate Pony. A complete list of her stories, as well as links to her other sites, is included at the end of the article.
My Life as a Dollar Bill is a fun children’s story about the adventures of a one-dollar bill. It teaches children the value of a dollar and how every dollar counts in this economy. It is for ages two to six years old and is a good parents’ read. It is perfect reading for this economic era!
The Chocolate Pony is a fun children’s book that conveys the message that “there is no place like home.”
What was your favorite part of your self-publishing experience?
I enjoyed working on the layout and design of the books. I also enjoyed working with the illustrator (Kathy Kerber) to help bring my characters and stories to life. I enjoyed the process of adding colorful illustrations to my books. Children are visual and adding lots of bright colors to my books was important to me.
What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
Write from the heart. Use your imagination. Tell a story in a simple way. Most of all, read the classics! Reading great literature is the best way to improve your grammar, spelling, writing and story-telling.
Thank you very much for your time, Sanjini, and we wish you the best of luck in all your future projects!
Sanjini Bhakta’s Children’s Stories
1) Matilda, the Most Expensive Pig in the World – about a sow in Provence, France who digs for truffle mushrooms and gets stolen by a thief.
2) Wobbles the Jellyfish Goes to School – Jellyfish have no brains, eyes, ears or heart so how is Wobbles going to pass his exams in a classroom with other fish and crustaceans?
3) Pedro, the Blue Frog – is a South American blue frog that is different from the other green frogs.
4) Milly, the Lazy Goat – has never climbed up a mountain in the whole of Austria.
5) The Inquisitive Bear – a reverse Goldilocks story of a bear that enters an empty cottage in Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia.
6) The Man Whose Beard Grew so Long – fairytale takes place in India centuries ago. A king’s beard grows longer and longer the greedier he gets until it wraps around the globe several times blocking ships from crossing the oceans, etc.
7) Shaka, the Timid Lion – does not live up to his name in Zululand.
8) Izzy and his Pet Snails – Izzy has two pet snails but they escape one day.
9) A Tale of Two Knights – Two siblings play a game of chess and when they go to sleep the chess pieces come to life and the kids participate in the medieval battle.
10) The Unusual Pie – a boy bakes a pecan pie that overflows into the city of New Orleans because of a magic potion in it.
11) The Mischievous Dress – Every time a girl wears this dress it makes her do some mischievous things and she eventually overcomes her shyness.
12) Walter, the Snouzer – Walter is a stubborn snouzer who does not enjoy Xmas.
13) Origins of the Universe – Children’s version of where we came from.
14) Cassidy and the T-Rex – Cassidy’s adventures with the T-Rex.
15) Poppy the Pumpkin – A Thanksgiving story about a pumpkin finding a home.