This week, AuthorHouse is proud to present another award-winner here at Author’s Digest. And just like Alex Sangha last week, Kristen Mott made her mark at last year’s Next Generation Indie Book Awards (the largest not-for-profit awards program for self-published/ independent writers).
Kristen’s book, Odie the Stray Kitten, was one of two winners in the Animals/ Pets category and a finalist in the Children’s Picture Book category. We’re thrilled that Kristen could take time from writing her latest book to talk with us.
Kristen, please start by telling us a bit about yourself.
I’m a wife, mother, animal caretaker, and animal welfare advocate. I graduated from the Indiana University School of Journalism in 2008, and I currently live on a small farm with my family where I care for horses and cats (the subjects of my children’s books).
What literary influences helped you develop your style?
I have simply wanted to write children’s picture books ever since I was first reading picture books more than 20 years ago. I believe that children’s books are the only genre that you can enjoy for multiple lifetimes: the books that were read to you as a child become the ones that stick with you, and you inevitably read those same favorites to your children.
Please tell us about your book.
Odie the Stray Kitten is the first of the Odie the Stray Kitten Series, inspired by the stray cats who now call our farm home. This is the true story of how I found Odie and how he adapted to farm life. It’s a lovingly simple story of Odie’s bravery and acceptance, and I am humbled that it has received such recognition over the last year. It was awarded a 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award, the 2014 Best Early Reader Picture Book by Children’s Literary Classics, and an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Children’s Book Awards.
What inspired you to write this story? How long did it take you to finish it?
I found the real Odie in my barn on a very cold winter morning. I kept replaying his story in my mind in the months that followed. I decided to write his story down, believing that children would love to witness his story of bravery and loyalty. It was less than a year from the time I found Odie to the time his first book was published.
(To be continued…)
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