Before I met Alma Hammond in different Facebook Author Groups, I read her book ‘Super Rooster and Wonder Cat‘ and I totally loved it. It gave me a sweet remembering of a beach walk I did when I was on holidays in Uruguay.
In this book, two friends, a rooster and a cat had a great chat while they were going to watch the sunrise every morning. They tell each other what superpowers they have. When they meet up with a crab, a strange looking fish, and a shark, they first were afraid of these creatures. But with a cock-a-doodle-dazzle they understood quickly, there was no reason to be afraid. What fun to point out to kids that everybody has her/his superpowers. After the story Alma Hammond asked the children what superpowers they love the most, and important, to name what are theirs.
You can imagine that afterward, I was happy that I met this amazing author. I recently read her wonderful new book ‘Zetta the Poinsettia’, which was for several weeks #1 at Amazon New Release. Find out more about this amazing author Alma Hammond at Meet Your Next Favorite Author.
- Can you introduce yourself, what’s your name, where are you from… ?
Hello! My name is Alma Hammond. I am originally from Charlotte, NC and currently live in Bethesda, MD USA.
2. Tell us something unexpected about yourself!
I’ll tell you a few. I’m one of eight children, speak English and French, and bits of other languages, and once lived in Nepal for two years in the mid-nineties.
3. Give 2 things about yourself that you think matter the most?
I have my health and loving family and friends.
4. Identity Card
5. Do you remember the first book you read?
Maybe Snow White?
6. What makes you laugh/cry?
Love Simon’s Cat. What makes me cry is the abuse of animals.
7. In which genre do you write?
Picture Books, age 3 – 8.
8. What makes your book special, how is it different from other books in your genre?
All my books hopefully both educates and captivates a child. To me, learning even as an adult is what is most exciting about life, and I want to share it with children.
9. How do you feel when you write, do you have a special ritual?
Energized. I write early in the am, even before coffee, in my kitchen with my two cats and dog at my feet.
10. What inspired you to write your first book?
A honeymoon to Tahiti where I ran into a pair of unlikely friends on the beach – a rooster and cat.
11. How did you come up with the title?
I imaged the friends had superpowers and was sharing them with other sea creatures on the beach. The superpowers were all the animal’s true survival skills.
12. If you could be any famous book character, who would you be and why?
The independent, confident, Karen Blixen in Out of Africa.
13. Is there a message in your book that you hope the readers will grasp?
Diversity in life is what create’s its beauty. All life should be respected.
14. What are your top 3 books of all time?
I have so many, but these are perfect to me: The Red Tent, Memoirs of a Geisha, Angela’s Ashes.
15. How important is marketing and social media for you?
Very. It’s important to keep in touch with others and make relationships.
16. Is it important for you to get book reviews?
Absolutely, and yes!
17. What advice do you have for other writers?
Don’t second guess your writing, just keep doing it, don’t be afraid to get advice when you need it.
18. Can you give your book information: blurb, link, genre (for children’s book, please tell for what age)
Zetta the Poinsettia
Hook: A darling story in verse perfect for the holidays or year-round that comes with the message that we each have a purpose—the gift we give to others.
Blurb: In the tale of Zetta the Poinsettia, a “holiday plant” finds her worth outside her season to shine.
Asin (Amazon): B07JXCWMZG
Super Rooster and Wonder Cat
Hook: Have a little explorer in your life? Children will enjoy strolling on the beach with Rooster and Cat in Tahiti as they discover wondrous creatures.
Blurb: On the island of Bora Bora, two unlikely friends share one very likable adventure in this heart-warming story celebrating uniqueness.
Asin (Amazon): B073N14C11
Age: 3 – 8
More: 5 times award winner!
Andre the Five-Star Cat
Hook: A delightful tale of a spoiled Parisian cat who learns that friendship means giving as well as receiving.
Blurb: Andre the cat couldn’t be more spoiled, until one morning he is unable to enter his luxurious hotel home. His adventures in the nearby Tuileries gardens teach him to appreciate his life and to value friendship above all.
Asin (Amazon): B077TG196S
Ages: 3 – 8
FB Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/AlmaRLeakanHammond/
19. POP QUIZ
Snow or sun: Sun
Soccer or (ice) hockey: hockey
Dogs or cats: Cats
Ice-cream or fruit: Ice Cream
Fact or fiction: Fiction with a smattering of Fact, love historical fiction!
Music or silence: Silence
Sport or reading: Reading
Sea or mountains: Sea
Groundhogs or squirrels: Groundhogs
Books or movies: Books
E-book or print: Print
20. Is there anything more you want to tell your readers?
After years of working in the very dry, technical field of IT, I am very happy to be finally doing my passion. Writing for kids is a joy to me, because I love to share with others fascinating bits I learn about life.