Today I am happy to introduce children’s book author, Elspeth Hall.
What book are you promoting right now? What is it about?
“The Adventures of Puss-Puss: Puss-Puss, the Curly Tailed Gnomes, the Echo, the Snow Bunnies and the Quarry Ball.” It is part two of my “Adventures of Puss-Puss” trilogy. Building upon the friendships forged in the first book this collection of tales follows the canal-side animals through the seasons. It also teaches children subtly about the environment and our impact on it.
Tell us about your writing process. How do you fuel your writing?
It starts as all good books do as a story. My daughter is 4 and cant sleep without bedtime stories, sometimes I just can’t face the 36th rereading of Thomas the Tank Engine so I make things up. Sometime she supplies the main character. Most of them aren’t worth putting to paper but every now and then I think actually this could go somewhere. And so I go back over the plot rewrite it for an older child.
What’s the best part of being a writer?
The things you get to do in the name of research. I spent a lot of time down the local canal, I even raised tadpoles in a bucket in my backroom. The second best thing is making up your own words. I needed something that would get across the sound that a hedgehog makes when he’s disturbed but nothing in the thesaurus stood out. So every morning for a week I evicted our Hedgehog from the chicken coup to see what sounds he made. In the end I came up with grumpled. I also found out that egg production shot up that week, evidently he had been snacking on our eggs.
What is your favourite scene in your book?
Oh I don’t think I can pick a favorite scene but I do have a favorite quote which I’d like to share it comes at the end of the adventure involving a cockatoo.
“Hedgehog,” Puss-Puss quizzed as they ambled back to the hedge. “Do you think that Echoes start out in telephones and move onto mountains once they’ve grown?”
“You mean like how all the tadpoles live in the canal but can only come onto the bank once they have grown into frogs? I suppose,” Hedgehog replied. “I always wondered how telephones worked. Humans are far too big to get inside one.”
What do you read? What are your favourite books and who are your favourite authors?
Believe it or not but I’m a big sci-fi fan. I am currently tackling Douglas Addams “So long and thanks for all the Fish” but my favorite author is T.J.Bass and his book “The Godwhale”.
Do you have any advice for someone starting out as a writer?
Never give up. On anything and definitely not the day job. Most writers don’t make enough to live off their royalties. If your not writing for the sheer enjoyment of sharing a story then your in the wrong frame of mind. On the other hand don’t write off your masterpiece because you got a few rejections. It took years of no’s and tweaking and tampering and most importantly listening when an editor had gone out of their way to give feed back before I found a publisher.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I have a small farm which I am just starting. Our pigs arrive at the end of April so I am currently busy putting up new fencing and rebuilding the pig ark.
What new projects are you working on or are excited about right now?
Yes part 3 is in the illustration phase which I love. the only down side is that there aren’t enough sensible breaks in the page layout to fit all the drawings I do some of my favorites don’t make it because the wont fit the format. I also am working on a new series “Cluck Chook Farm” based on my own animals its a 5 parter, maybe, depends what sort of antics they get up to and if they leave me time to write it all down.
Thank you so much Elspeth for being here today and for sharing your books with us. I have to say that Douglas Adams is one of my absolute favourite authors of all time!
About Elspeth Grace Hall:
Elspeth Grace Hall lives with her husband and daughter on a small farm in Caithness, Scotland. When she is not busy rearing her geese, chickens, pigs and vegetables, Elspeth works with her husband teaching history through costumed interpretation.
See them at work: www.history-survives.weebly.com
Elspeth was born in the 80’s to Anglo-Scottish parents and grew up on the banks of the Chesterfield canal. Elspeth spent the first 7 years of her married life near the junction of the Nottingham, Cromford and Erewash canals.
Elspeth graduated from the Open University in 2014 with a BA Open that covered history, languages and creative writing.
After losing her hearing in 2009 Elspeth learned Sign Language and enjoys writing poetry in both English and Sign Supported English.
Examples of her poetry can be found at: http://www.thesigningpoet.weebly.com.
Elspeth has also recorded a series of lessons in Sign Supported English on her YouTube channel.
Synopsis of The Adventures of Puss-Puss, Volume 2:
Puss Puss and the Curly Tailed Gnomes, the Echo, the Snow Bunny, & the Quarry Ball
More wonderful stories of Puss-Puss as she meets friends and has exciting adventures in the big outside. The Adventures of Puss-Puss continue as she meets
a curly tailed gnome and a snow bunny, takes part in the rat race and dances at the Quarry Ball. Gentle stories to share at bedtime and for beginner readers.
Where you can connect with Elspeth:
Links to Elspeth’s books on Goodreads:
The Adventures of Puss-Puss: Puss-Puss, the Splash Maker, & the Rainbow (Puss-Puss #1)
by Elspeth Grace Hall (Goodreads Author) (Illustrator , Author) , Richard J Hall Dsm (Illustrations)
5.00 * avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2015
The Adventures of Puss-Puss: Puss Puss and the Curly Tailed Gnomes, the Echo, the Snow Bunny, & the Quarry Ball (Puss-Puss #2) by Elspeth Grace Hall (Goodreads Author)(Illustrator , Author), Richard J Hall Dsm (Illustrations)
5.00 * avg rating — 2 ratings
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