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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Interview with Children’s Book Author Valerie Spaliviero
The Adventures of Ruby and Roberto
type of books do you write? My
book is a children's book called The Adventures of Ruby &
Roberto Raindrop. The age group would be 4 to 8 and beyond. It
is a book I wrote primarily to be read to a child, although 8
year olds should be able to read it themselves..
is your newest book about? The
story is about water, told as two raindrops, as it falls and
touches plants, animals, humans and moves from one environment
to another. It journeys down rainforest streams, arctic ice,
rivers, and oceans and comes into contact with all living
things associated with those environments. The imagery, the
sounds, the perfume of a forest floor encourage the reader to
connect all these parts as they journey with the raindrops.
Water is planet earth's most vital resource for all life.
inspired you to write it? My son
David inspired me to write this story when he reminded me of
all the stories I used to make up spontanteously from my
imagination, after we had finished reading one of his children's
books. The Adventures
of Ruby & Roberto Raindrop is a children's book I wrote to
encourage parents/grandparents to read to their children and
to communicate to the child the importance of water as it
journeys over and through this magnificent planet . I think
many parents/ grandparents have lost how important their
voices are and how much knowledge they can impart to their
children during book reading time. Children ask questions
which can carry the conversation over to many other levels of
discussion on important life issues.
is the writing process like for you? I did not set out to do an educational, environment
story it is just what developed as the story unfolded. The
process of writing this story came relatively easily and just
seemed to flow of its own accord. Many other ideas of where
this journey could continue on to revealed themselves to me
and I will put these into my next book.
did you do before you became an author? Before writing I was a nurse caring for the
elderly. In my conversations with them I saw the wonderful
memories they had with their children and grandchildren as
they shared times together. The appearance of children in
their day brought such joy to their hearts and life to their
does it feel to be a published author? Having my first book published was wonderful.
Finally getting a completed hard copy was exciting. It is
quite different to just seeing it on a computer screen.
advice for struggling writers? As
this is my first book there was so much more information I
should have acquired before I put this story into print.
Marketing is a world of its own and not one which I was
familiar with. I would have developed more of a plan, if that
is possible, to announce the launch before it went to the
printers. I also would have put a budget into place for
My advice for struggling writers would be to get the most
honest sincere publishers you can find. Someone interested in
your story being successful rather than someone just
interested in how much money they could get from you.
do you see book publishing heading? I know all the talk at the moment seems to be on
e-books rather than hard copies but there truly is something
irreplaceable about having a hard copy of a book. You can put
it down to go get a cup of coffee or whatever and then just
pick it straight back up again and immediately start where you
left off. New studies
on reading apparently show that books read as e-books are
glossed through and the reader does not retain the information
as well as someone who has a physical copy of the book. I like to have a book library
in my home. It is a quick reference and easy to show friends
books you found to be thought provoking, interesting, exciting
and just books that brought joy to your life. It is also great
to be able to give friends one of the books from your library,
to read themselves.