This is the post with Sojourner's interview. My thanks to Robbie Cheadle for her interesting questions. She sure made me think!
Sojourner McConnell is releasing a new book on 2 June 2017 and its for children. How exciting! I am delighted to host Sojourner on robbiesinspiration and to learn and share more about Who’s That In the Cat Pajamas?
When the wind brings the cries of children to her ears, Dolcey is spurred into action. Comforting and aiding children in need is her main focus. Welcome to Dolcey’s world. Welcome to a world of magic and endless possibilities. When Emily has a big problem, her family tries to help, but some problems need something special to make things right. In Emily’s case, the special treatment is a visitor named Dolcey.
Robbie: Welcome to Robbiesinspiration, Sojourner, it is lovely to have you over for a visit and learn more about you and your new book.
Sojourner: Thank you, Robbie, for this opportunity to share more about myself and my exciting news of the release of Who’s That In The Cat Pajamas?. I am so very excited, I hope you and other readers will join me for the release on June 2, 2017. I love your children’s books. I found an illustrator, she uses standard methods, our illustrations are not quite as tasty as yours.
Robbie: Thank you, Sojourner. I think your cover illustration is delightful. Why did you decide to write a book for children?
Sojourner: I was visiting my family that lives in Michigan for the month of December and my granddaughter, who is in the second grade, asked to read my book. I told her it was a hard book for little girls to read. She replied, “Then will you write me a book that I can read?” I promised her I would and before I made it home in January, I had the concept filling my brain and ready to be written. I was working on Mystery Thriller Week at the time, so I did not actually begin writing until March.
Robbie: What inspired you to write this particular story?
Sojourner: Who’s That In The Cat Pajamas? is the story of my daughter’s relocation far away from her home. I based the story on how a little cat could help. As the cat is not an actual cat, there is some magic and adventures to spice up the story.
Robbie: How have you adapted your marketing strategy for a children’s book rather than a book for adults?
Sojourner: That has been hard, I am looking for a parent’s group. I find author groups for children’s books, but I am not having much success finding the parents of the little readers. I am still searching for that group of parents and children in order to get the book seen by future readers. I hope that word of mouth by readers will promote the book. I also have a blog that shares back stories and features about upcoming characters. Promoting a book is not easy and simple. It is almost a full-time job.
[I think that all authors will agree with you in that regard, Sojourner.]
Robbie: Are you planning on writing a series about Dolcey?
Sojourner: I am writing a series featuring Dolcey. There will be quite a few differences in each story. I hope that the children and parents will respond positively to Dolcey and Emily. The name of the next book is shared at the end of Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? and I hope they are as excited about the prospect of book 2 as I am.
Robbie: What age group are you targeting with this book?
Sojourner: I believe this book would be well received by children as young as four and I had a beta reader that was twelve and she said she enjoyed the book and can’t wait to read the next one. She had already read, The Path of the Child, and enjoyed that so her reading genres are as varied as mine. I have placed those as the prime ages for the book. The language is a little above grade one but the message is one even a younger child can appreciate.
Robbie: Thank you, Sojourner, for taking the time to answer my questions and tell me a bit about yourself and your book, Who’s That In The Cat Pajamas?
About Sojourner McConnell
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Sojourner McConnell lives in Winchester, Kentucky with one of her daughters and three of her thirteen grandchildren. She has six grandchildren in Alabama and four that live in Michigan. Sojourner’s new book is a children’s chapter book, Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas which will release June 2, 2017. Her next book, Blip, is a sci-fi book with humor and intrigue and is due out by December 2017. The Path of the Child, The Power of Forgiveness, and 31 Days of October are all available in paperback and in eBook format on Amazon and other retailers. Sojourner brings a taste of strong personalities with a healthy dose of southern charm to her characters. As co-founder and part of the organizing team of Mystery Thriller Week, she has become fascinated with writing a mystery of her own. In fact, there might be a little mystery woven into one of the two books she is writing at present. When not writing, she is busy entertaining her Australian Shepherd, Beau. Unfortunately, Beau tends to get jealous when she spends too much time working on the computer.
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You can pre-order Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? on Amazon
For older readers, The Path of the Child is available on Amazon at a special price in celebration of the release of Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas?
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