I am very happy to introduce you today to Bobbie Hinman. She is a Best Selling and Multi Award Winning author.
Just looking at the covers of her books make you at the same time curious and happy. And once opened those books, it’s all you have expected from it. I don’t think there exist one child in the world that doesn’t love Bobbie Hinman’s books. In any case, I am a big fan!
- Can you introduce yourself, what’s your name, where are you from… ?
My name is Bobbie Hinman. I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and am currently living in Paradise, better known as South Florida.
2. Tell us something unexpected about yourself!
Before writing children’s books, I wrote 7 successful cookbooks.
3. Give 2 things about yourself that you think matter the most?
I started reading at age 4 and have been reading steadily ever since.
As a teacher, mother and grandmother, to me there is nothing more precious than a smile on the face of a child.
4. Identity Card
5. Do you remember the first book you read?
Dick and Jane (Boy, that dates me!)
6. What makes you laugh/cry?
Children, kittens and puppies make me laugh. Anything that hurts my family or friends makes me cry.
7. In which genre do you write?
I’ve gone from cookbooks to children’s picture books and this is where I plan to stay.
8. What makes your book special, how is it different from other books in your genre?
My fairy books have one premise in common: “Who better to blame it on than a fairy?” They encourage children to use their imaginations and just have fun.
9. How do you feel when you write, do you have a special ritual?
Rituals don’t work for me. Ideas flutter into my brain in an unpredictable way; when it happens, I write.
10. What inspired you to write your first book?
When my 4-year old granddaughter, Emily, refused to let anyone comb her curly locks, I created The Knot Fairy. I don’t know where the story came from. One minute it wasn’t there, and the next minute there it was! It blames the knots and tangles on a fairy, making Emily anxious to have her hair combed so the fairy would come back and tangle it again.
11. How did you come up with the title?
This was an easy one. What else could you call the fairy who tangles your hair?
12. If you could be any famous book character, who would you be and why?
I’ve always thought of myself as a Pippi Longstocking want-to-be. She was fun, creative and very smart. And I loved the way she dressed.
13. Is there a message in your book that you hope the readers will grasp?
Switching genres, I would like to talk about the message in my how-to book, How to Create a Successful Children’s Picture Book. My message in this book is, “Do your research, do your homework and make your book as close to perfect as you can. No amount of marketing will sell a poor-quality book.”
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?
Marketing is essential and has to continue throughout the life of the book. Social media is a great platform, but I don’t think it should be your only platform. A well-rounded marketing plan, complete with on-person sales is often the best way to go.
16. Is it important for you to get book reviews?
Book reviews from reputable reviewers are an important validation of the quality of your work. Just as important are awards. Prospective customers are impresses when they see shiny award stickers on your books.
17. What advice do you have for other writers?
Talk to children in the age group you are targeting. Find out what they like to do and what they like to read. When your manuscript is complete, read it to them and listen to what they have to say. Also, never publish a book that has not been professionally edited.
18. Can you give your book information: blurb, link, genre (for children’s book, please tell for what age)
How to Create a Successful Children’s Picture Book
Blurb: Best-selling author Bobbie Hinman tells you how she created, self-published and sold over 50,000 copies of her award-winning children’s picture books
Fairy books – Rhyming picture books with audio CD – Age 3 to 6
The Knot Fairy – Who tangled my hair while I was sleeping?
The Sock Fairy – Where is my other sock?
The Belly Button Fairy – Who put my belly button right in the middle?
The Fart Fairy – It wasn’t me!
The Freckle Fairy – Have I been kissed by a fairy?
19. POP QUIZ
Snow or sun: Sun, sun, sun!
Soccer or (ice) hockey: Soccer. I’m afraid of big sticks.
Dogs or cats: At this point in my life, definitely cats.
Ice-cream or fruit: Fruit, preferably fresh and juicy.
Fact or fiction: Fiction. I love a world where anything can happen.
Music or silence: Silence for working, music I can sing to at all other times.
Sport or reading: Reading. Once a reader, always a reader.
Sea or mountains: Sea, with an umbrella, a chair and a book.
Groundhogs or squirrels: Squirrels. They are so persistent.
Books or movies: Books when I’m alone. I love movies with my girlfriends or hubby.
E-books or print: Definitely print. I love the feel and smell of a book.
20. Is there anything more you want to tell your readers?
My five fairy books have received a combined total of 28 children’s book awards. In my new book, I share my journey. My goal is to help other authors achieve the same success. I also offer editing and critique services for children’s books, and love to help other authors as much as I can.