Saturday, September 9, 2023

Interview With Novelist Naomi Schuster



1. What inspired you to write this book? My oldest daughter, Raelen. She loves the moon, and when she was three, she noted how the moon reminded her of different fruits.  My intention was to write this story and give it to her as a Christmas gift that year. My supportive husband, David, encouraged me to submit it to a publishing company. Thankfully, he was right, others have enjoyed reading it, too.  

2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for? This book is about the moon as it goes through its phases, and how our creative minds may see it as something else. In this case, the moon reflects different types of fruits. It is written for ages 2 - 5.  

3. What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book? I hope it helps children use their imaginations as they notice the world around them.  

4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design?  I chose this book's title because when my daughter would notice a full moon in the sky, she would describe it as a cantaloupe. I used purple and teal colors on the cover design because purple is her favorite color and teal is mine. Covenant Books assisted me with the cover design and publishing process.  

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!?  Everybody has a story worth sharing. Intentionally go about sharing yours with the world.  

6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?  I see a trend that reflects "non-fiction fiction". "The Cantaloupe Moon" is an example of this. It is a fictional story that came about because of a real-life circumstance, capturing an actual conversation between myself and my daughter.  

7. Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book?  Yes, I am an Early Childhood Educator. Teaching ages birth through 5 years old helped me to have a scope for how this book might be of interest to this age group.  

8. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to?  I enjoy writing in rhyme because of the rhythm it provides. My writing style may compare to "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" or "The Going to Bed Book".  

9. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book? The fear that it may be rejected. Rise above this fear; if your story is not well received at first, try again.  

10. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours? This is a great book to snuggle up with as you read to a young child. There is a hidden game in the pictures that captures a young child's mind.  

About The Author: I live with my husband and two children in Minnesota.  This book is written for my oldest daughter; she helped me with the storyline when she was three years old. I am an Early Childhood Educator and enjoy working with and learning from young children! Here is a website for my book: 


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