Today everyone is in for a very special treat! We have an interview with Trockle and a review of his book. To add to the excitement, at the end of this post are details on the fabulous contest!!
Questions for Holly
1. How did you ever come up with a name like Trockle?
The little monster told me his name. Seriously. You know, people who hear voices and have imaginary friends past the age of about six are called “crazy.” People who sublimate and turn them into “characters” on paper are called “writers.”
2. This is your second tour. What is the most important thing you’ve learned about these?
For the author, it’s important to be very organized, in the days and weeks preceding the tour, , but also flexible enough to roll with a good idea at the eleventh hour. Take notes about what works and what doesn’t.
For the hosts, to remember that it’s your blog – you know what fits best and what’s going to excite your readers. It’s a partnership. I don’t like to say, “Great, thanks for hosting the party, now here’s what we’re going to do…” I wouldn’t come into your home and say that. I’d tell you what kinds of things seemed to be the most popular in the past, and we’d plan together. If one of us has more experience, that’s the person who should take the lead.
For guests – have fun, first and foremost. Buy the book! Enter the drawings and contests, if there are any associated with the tour. Most importantly, tell your friends about the tour, the author, and the book. Word of mouth is so effective and so helpful – and a successful book tour means more fun in the future. Leave comments and let everyone know what you think – did you have a good time?
3. Many of us use twitter (twitter.com) for advertising and spreading the word about these virtual book tours. Do you feel it has helped you and if so, by how much, a little or a lot?
Honestly, it’s too early to tell, but I have figured out the answer to the question of “why on earth would I want to use Twitter??” It’s kind of like a group IM. It can be a great way to meet other writers, librarians, teachers, parents, readers – and used right isn’t just an obnoxious little ad in 160 characters. I appreciate the quick, real-time reminders of others’ book tours, and I like following links to interesting news items. Used wrong, though, all these “social media” outlets can leave you feeling overwhelmed, a little like a hamster on a wheel.
4. Trockle is a most delightful book. Have you ever considered putting in a parents/educator page at the end for discussing the lessons in the book?
Actually, I hadn’t considered that at all. I think that a good bedtime story is a good bedtime story, and that any “lessons” there will permeate young readers’ brains without a page of instructions. It’s a simple, straightforward book. Kids get it. For the parents, the bottom line is a better night’s sleep.
My next book, though – A Puppy, Not a Guppy – has a little bit of fun, educational material at the end. Ironically, I thought it was a pretty far-fetched story when I wrote it, but it turns out that the science is sound and that fish are…more interesting than you’d think.
5. Where can our readers buy their very own copy of Trockle?
6. Have you added Trockle to Wikipedia yet?
Trockle jumped up and down and asked, “Does Mr. Ron know how to do that? Would he? Huh? ASK HIM!” Yipes. Consider yourself asked.
7. What is Trockle’s favorite toy?
Stephen’s big red truck and his remote-controlled monster truck.
8. Have you considered a follow up book where Trockle and Jimmy meet?
Jimmy? Well, no…but I do have ideas for a sequel. I really wasn’t planning on a sequel until people started asking about one, during the last tour. If readers want a sequel, I’m definitely open to the idea, and have some good ideas. I think Jordan might even be game to do the illustrations…
9. Have you considered a book just about Trockle and his mom?
“Mr. Ron, I think that’s a terrific idea. Mom’s turning kind of purplish-green with embarrassment – she says, ‘Who’d want to read more about me, Trockle Pie?’ But she’s the world’s greatest mom. I just want to be in another book!! Or a movie. George Lucas hasn’t called yet, though. I could be in a movie with Yoda! Yoda’s cool. Can I have a light saber? Ewoks scare me, though…”
10. What is Trockle’s favorite food other than Taco-Choco’s?
Choco-Tacos. You know, I’d never heard of Choco-Tacos – I really thought I’d made up the name, when I wrote the book – until my son and I were standing in the Ace Hardware store, looking in the ice cream case at the check-out counter, and he gasped, “Mom? They have Choco-Tacos. Are you going to get in trouble for using the name in Trockle?”). Trockle loves candy, just like most kids. But what he’d really go nuts for is a plate of Brussels sprouts and carrots. Go figure! They’re a rare treat, though; his mom says veggies make his skin too smooth. The carrots do help keep it a nice orange color, but so do Circus Peanuts and Orange Fizzies.
Don’t look under that bed!! You’ll scare Trockle. Trockle is the most adorable under the bed monster you’ll ever meet. Follow his adventure as the monster over the bed scares him. You didn’t know that people scare poor little one-eyed under-the-bed monsters did you? Holly Jahangiri does, and she reveals all in her delightful book, Trockle. Visit her at:
The artwork by Jordan M. Vinyard is superb and the story is great for bedtime reading. All in all, Trockle is a very good addition to any library. It’s designed for children but adults will enjoy it just as much.
As promised, the contest!!!
The contest details are below. He’ll even have his green claws all polished and ready to bite into another pile of Choco-Tacos. Ok, the contest details:
Grand Prize: A customized Halloween short story featuring your child (or grandchild, niece, nephew, or friend) with Trockle – written by Holly Jahangiri and illustrated by Jordan Vinyard.
Second Prize: A $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com.
To enter, complete the following steps:
(1) Purchase a copy of Trockle from 4RV Publishing (http://www.4rvpublishingllc.com/Store) between 12:00 AM October 5 and 11:59 PM October 13, and
(2) Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to the question posted at http://jahangiri.us/trockle-promo.html.
You can enter as often as you like, but all completed entries must be received before midnight on October 13!
The winners will be chosen randomly from all completed entries (see “To enter” above) and winners will be notified by email. The Grand Prize winner will need to work directly with the author and illustrator to create a memorable gift for that special child.To include the child’s likeness in the illustration, you will need to provide a digital photo upon notification that you have won. Every effort will be made to deliver the prize prior to Halloween, but circumstances beyond our control may prevent that and we do not guarantee it.