AH: I have always been an avid reader, and writing has always been something I've enjoyed. I remember going to the library every week with my siblings hoping that my favorites would be on the shelves. The Flicka Ricka and Dicka series always made my heart flutter! I think back then you were only allowed to check out 10 books at a time, which was never enough! Thank goodness times have changed! I'm pretty sure I haven't been to the library in the past few years without leaving with at least 25 books! It wasn't until my third child was born that I started to write seriously. Sure I'd written a few things, even sent a short story into a writing academy, to which I was offered a spot in the class, but with very young children at home, and living the military lifestyle, who had the time for writing homework? What that short story gave me though was invaluable. Confidence! That bit of confidence would be the spark that fueled my desire to start writing more...and with fervor!
AH: The idea for Wimbley the Wonder Boy came from the day to day antics of my children. I will never forget the day I had just stepped out of the shower to find the house surrounded by the police! It seems that two year old's can, and will, use the telephone to the best of their abilities!
Needless to say, my children are always giving me valuable material with which to write about!
BBB: Tell us about the cover and how it came about.
AH: The cover for Wimbley the Wonder Boy was out of my hands. The book is published by Xist Publishing, and like most traditional publishing houses, the artwork was left to the illustrator. Holly Blackman, the illustrator for the book, did a fantastic job! I couldn't be more thrilled with the vision she had for Wimbley.
AH: I am always dreaming up new story ideas and plotting out story lines. Currently I'm working on several children's picture books and putting the finishing touches on two children's early chapter book manuscripts. There has also been talk about turning Wimbley The Wonder Boy into a series! Fingers crossed, there will be more adventures for Wimbley in the near future!
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
AH: Readers can find me on Twitter @th_littlebirdie, or visit my blog, thislittlebirdie.wordpress.com.