Friday, November 24, 2017

Interview with Author & Award-Winning Journalist Anna Kenna

Viola Vincent Reporting - Underdog

1.      What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book? I was inspired by the young people I meet who are concerned about what is going on in the world around them and who want to change things they perceive as unfair, unjust or dishonest. I hope my stories empower them and show them their voices matter. I chose to focus on puppy farming in this book because it is a global issue, one that kids can relate and potentially influence by speaking up in their communities.

2.      What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader? The book is about a determined 13-year-old girl who learns about a puppy farm operating in her community and sets out to save a young breeding bitch captive there. The book is aimed at 10 to 14 year olds. It would appeal to kids who love animals and are passionate about animal welfare.

3.      What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down? I hope readers will be left with two thoughts: the clear knowledge that puppy farming is a cruel and barbaric industry and ordinary people, even kids can influence change if they care enough

4.      What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers? Just sit down and write. Everything else can wait!

5.      What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? Self-publishing is revolutionizing the book publishing industry which is a good thing for writers and readers.

6.      What great challenges did you have in writing your book? Finding the time while working full time, learning the ins and outs of self-publishing, watching heartbreaking footage of what goes on inside puppy farms/mills

7.      If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? This book could flick a switch in your child’s head and they could grow an inch taller knowing the power they possess as a citizen of this world.

Anna Kenna is an award-winning journalist and former reporter on the 20/20 television programme. She has written extensively for children and her books and stories are used in classrooms around the world. She lives with her husband and two Cairn Terriers on the Kapiti Coast in New Zealand. Viola Vincent Reporting – Underdog is now available for purchase in eBook and paperback format through Amazon and other online retailers. Learn more about Anna Kenna at, and connect with her on Facebook.

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