Jenny, http://jennysblogspot.com, thankyou for tagging me in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. For those of you who don’t know, the goal is for me to answer a list of questions about my book, and then at the bottom of the post, I’ll tag five more authors, who will answer the same questions next week. Here we go. Sounds like fun right?
What is the title of your book? Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rainforest Adventure
Where did the idea for the book come from? It came from my Amazon parrot Jasper who has been a member of our household since 1999. He is 18 years old.
What genre does your book fall under? A children’s fiction chapter book.
Will your book be self-published or represented under an agency?I am in the process of submitting to traditional publishers in hope someone will love it as much as I do.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?It took me three months.
Give a one sentence synopsis of your novel:
Jasper the Amazon parrot spends his day exploring the secrets of the rainforest with his partner in crime Charlie, a spider monkey.
What other works would you compare your story to? To be honest I can not think of any. When I was researching books to nail down my age group nothing came within my view.
Who or what inspired you to write this book? My bird Jasper was my inspiration. To the outside world he is well just a bird. But he is more than that. In this book I got to share with everyone the true personality of my buddy in a way that people might not possibly imagine. His Jasperness shines through in the pages written.
What else might pique the reader’s interest?
Here is a short piece from the book:
The next day, movement broke the silence within the nest just enough to wake up Jasper. He heard his mama coaching the other egg to crack. She nudged and nudged, but the egg remained uncracked. Jasper saw his mom continue to stare at the egg and then he heard her sigh.
“What’s wrong with it?” he asked his mother.
“I don’t know, son. There could be a few reasons. Maybe I did not sit on it enough to keep it warm. Maybe it does not have a baby inside. I am not sure,” she said.
Jasper did not know what to say to his mother. While he did not know what it would be like to have a brother or sister, it would have given him company for the times his mother was out gathering food and supplies. What he did know was that she was sad. Maybe that was what he was feeling on the inside of his tiny body.
Sally came to where Jasper sat and gave him a big hug. “ It was not meant
to be. A lesson we all learn as we grow older, Jasper.”
It is time to tag five authors so they can take a turn at answering the same questions. For those I tag, you all need to answer the same questions and then put your answers a week from today which would be December 17th. Tag five more authors at the bottom of your post and let the hopping continue. I wanted to again thank the authors who helped me during NaNoWriMo 2012 who posted on my blog while I did that frenzy.
Jo Ann Mason
Michael D. Fowler