October 11, 2008

Trockle Plus

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!!



Meet Trockle! Let’s ask a few questions to see what everyones favorite under-the-bed monster is up to.

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.


Team Trockle

Team Trockle



A Review


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:  http://www.4rvpublishingllc.com/Holly_Jahangiri.html


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 
president@4rvpublishingllc.com 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!

Winners will be announced at http://blog.jahangiri.us and at http://www.4rvpublishingllc.com.

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.





  1. Ron, what a delightful visit with Holly with a bit of input by Trockle. When I first read the story, right after Holly wrote it, I knew this needed to be published and told her so. She promised me she would pursue finding a publisher. Years later when I started 4RV Publishing, I asked Holly if she had tried to get the book published. Of course when she said no, I asked if we could do it.

    Between Holly’s story and Jordan’s art work, the book becomes a favorite to all who read it. Children of all ages (even me) fall in love with the little monster under the bed.

    I’m hoping Holly and Jordan can do a sequel and continue to capture the essence of the characters in a different storyline.

    Comment by Vivian — October 11, 2008 @ 6:15 am | Reply

  2. Ron,

    I loved your questions for Holly—and of course her answers! I was so lucky to get to work with Holly on this book. She portrayed the characters so well and really made illustrating them a lot of fun.

    Comment by Jordan — October 11, 2008 @ 1:35 pm | Reply

  3. Definitely a fun interview. Like the Choco-Taco story.

    This sounds like a fun book for kids and one parents would want to read to them.

    Comment by Helen Ginger — October 11, 2008 @ 1:49 pm | Reply

  4. Ha! Holly, you are having WAY too much fun with this tour. There oughta be a law! LOL. I just loved answer #6 in the interview, you really got that little Trockle alive & active. It’s a great character. Also am taking notes on your tour, your advice, your observations, your style of contest – really great stuff. Love the personalized short story Grand Prize idea. That’s cool. Nice job to you also, Ron, as usual, you put Q & A’s together that are always interesting.

    Gotta go, but I’ll be trocklin back in on the tour, (smile)

    Comment by Marvin D Wilson — October 11, 2008 @ 2:16 pm | Reply

  5. Trockle is adorable. The children should love him.

    Morgan Mandel

    Comment by Morgan Mandel — October 11, 2008 @ 5:54 pm | Reply

  6. Good interview and review. Hope we get some people to enter the contest. Looking forward to getting my book tour going, although I was kind of hoping to do it after the holidays and after the second book came out. But Vivian had scheduled me to do a tour – lol – so a tour I’ll be doing. Hope to see some of you readers follow other 4RV tours. They are lots of fun and each one turns out unique, what with the hosts being different from night and day and the postings being as different as they can be, and each author having their own personality to add to it.

    I’m glad I’ve gotten to host Trockle twice. Enjoy the Choco-Tacos and candy corn. See you in the postings – E 🙂

    Comment by Elysabeth — October 11, 2008 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

  7. Ron and Holly … and Trockle,

    Great interview—excellent questions and intriguing answers.

    Comment by Lillie Ammann — October 11, 2008 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

  8. Viv, I was just waiting for you to get 4RV Publishing off the ground! (Okay, okay, so you hadn’t even thought of it back when I wrote Trockle, but…I’m psychic! Yeah, that’s the ticket. Psychic.)

    Jordan, it’s mutual – we make a great team! I love working with Jordan, and it’s just icing on the cake that in addition to her providing such wonderful illustrations for Trockle, she and I clicked the way we did.

    Helen, my twenty year old daughter insisted on reading me Trockle before bed the other night. It was midnight, but she wouldn’t let me sleep until she’d read me a “bedtime story.” Then she read the book, A Puppy, Not a Guppy, for the first time – she inspired the lead character, but until now had never read the story. She acted out all the parts and had me in stitches.

    Marvin, if it isn’t fun, why do it? I always try to have fun (or make fun).

    Elysabeth, think of the folks who might want to give your book as a gift! What if they don’t hear about it before the holidays? Have another tour when the second one comes out! Thanks again for hosting Trockle yesterday!

    Lillie, thanks!

    Everyone, glad you could stop by. Help yourself to some goodies: there are plenty of virtual veggies and treats to go around.

    Comment by Holly Jahangiri — October 11, 2008 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

  9. Trockle, so glad to see you again, Sweetie-oh, and you too Ron and Holly 🙂 Seriousy, great interview!!!

    Comment by Joyce A. Anthony — October 12, 2008 @ 12:06 am | Reply

  10. Ms. Joyce!!! It’s good to see you again, too! Thanks for everything.

    Comment by Trockle — October 12, 2008 @ 12:30 am | Reply

  11. Ron, thanks so much for letting us hang out at your blog today! It was a pleasure.

    Comment by Holly Jahangiri — October 12, 2008 @ 3:31 am | Reply

  12. Great interview. Loved the answers Holly!

    Comment by Jo Linsdell — October 12, 2008 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

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