Author Interview: Deborah Gray
Deborah Gray is a Mother and Grandmother, and has always been a story-teller to her friends and family, and now to her grandchildren. She finally put pen to paper in 2011, and self-published, Pookie the Roo and Friends Survive the Floods, with her 2 sisters. (Jennifer Stevens & Sheryl) They went on to publish, Pookie the Kangaroo Fears the Floods & Pookie the Kangaroo Braves the Bushfire in 2012.
More books to the series will be published in 2013.
They also created a Self-Publishing Service in 2012 – Kidz Bookz Publishing – offices in America & Australia.
Her latest children’s fiction storybook is – The Adventures of Pigalotoffun
Author – Deborah Gray – Illustrated by – Kristina Modrzynski.
Self-Published. August 2012.
More stories are to be published in 2013.
Deborah Gray currently works on graphic design images for front covers of novels & children’s books.
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When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have always wanted to be a writer but did not know the steps to take to make it come true.
In 2011 I became more computer savvy, and looked into it and got a children’s book self-published with my sisters. I love listening to my grandchildren and being around animals, so there is no stopping me now.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I love being around my grandchildren, as they give me so much inspiration to write; you know the old saying “Out of the mouth of babes.”
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
The whole process from writing words on paper, getting the illustration to bring the story to life, the process of getting the books printed and the marketing of the books. It is all exciting and each day you learn something new you are never too old to keep on learning.
Where did you get ideas for your books?
My grandson, when Emerald, Queensland, Australia had a terrible flood in 2011.
Their house along with many friends were flooded and to see 1st hand how it affects children’s lives as well.
Out of all the books you have written which is your favorite and why?
Pookie the Kangaroo Fears the Floods.
It shows children in times of need how to all pull together and help one another.
This story gives children a vent to talk about their own experiences.
I also enjoyed writing – The Adventures of Pigalotoffun.
Pigalotoffun is a cute but very mischievous little pig, just a fun children’s book.
I am also working on a teen’s short story novel – age 12 – 15 yrs, which I find very exciting to write, I feel many girls in this age bracket could relate to this story. It will be published in early 2013.
What age group do you think best describes your reader?
Children 3 yrs – 6 yrs early readers.
Teens 12 yrs – 15 yrs
What do you think makes a good story?
Something people can relate to.
Who are some of your favorite Authors?
There are so many talented authors it is very hard to pick.
Children’s authors & Adults.
If you could pick one actor to play a character in your book in the movie version, who would it be?
Jim Carrey for – The Adventures of Pigalotoffun.
He would be great as my main character – Pigalotoffun.
What song best describes your book and Why?
Too many different books on the go at once.
Who are some of the people that influenced your love of writing?
My grandchildren, (Bailey & Madison) & my daughters (Melissa & Jessica).
If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring Author, what would it be?
Follow your dreams and never give up.
What would you like to say to friends and family of writers (not just your own)?
Make writing your passion, believe in yourself and never give up.
What projects do you have up and coming?
A Teen’s short story novel – The Longest Night.
I am planning on doing my own front cover design.
Also an adult novel – The Secret Affair.
Doing my own graphic design image for the front cover.
Is there anything else you want to share with your readers?
Don’t be too hard on yourself; if you think you can you will succeed.
Pookie the Kangaroo Fears the Floods.
Page 3. – “All of a sudden the sky went dark and it started to rain. ‘Oh no!’ Pookie thought to herself. ‘I need to find shelter from the rain.’
Pookie hopped off as fast as she could, heading for the bushes nearby.”