Tatum the Tiny Princess loves chocolates more than anything. One day, Tatum cannot find her sweets and embarks on a “chocolate quest” all over the castle to find them. After searching everywhere; all the while blaming her family, she is humbled to find her chocolates were not taken by anyone and that they had been under her pillow the whole time.
You may read a an excerpt of The Tiny Princess and the Missing Chocolates here.
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Interview with Nancy
When did you realize you had a book (or some books) inside you?
I have always been a lover of books and words. I guess I always knew I had a story to tell but I couldn’t have dreamed it would be in the children’s book genre. As a former singer, I started writing lyrics and stories more suited for adults. The moment I became a mom, my focus and priorities changed and I could not write anything but children’s books from that point onward.
Why is the theme of this project important?
As a mother of 3 young, impressionable children, I am constantly coming up with creative ways to instill values, helping them with tools to create their own moral compasses. I am always reminded of the old adage that sometimes children don’t need to know how to make the clock, but rather simply want the time.
What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?
I love writing for children from 3 to 8 years old and I am much more appreciative of the difficulties in matching the illustrations and text to fit the target age. I have seen so many examples in which I believe the illustrations are too juvenile for the text or the text doesn’t suit the target age. This is a very challenging balancing act because I didn’t want to be presumptuous in assuming a particular child’s level of understanding or lack there of. If it’s hard for me to distinguish as a mother of young children of multiple ages, I respect those who write in this genre and don’t have children.
How do you find time to write?
That is the million dollar question that I get asked a lot. I honestly write any chance I get. I take pads of paper, my laptop and phone, everywhere I go and I am constantly writing down new story ideas. I’ve been known to get something in my head and write the story in it’s entirety right there on the spot. I don’t go back and edit it until much later as to not lose the momentum. I have worked only with one Illustrator/Artist for my 6 published books and I will often send her the story , explaining how I see the character and ask her to draw something to get a better visual. She’ll grab her pencil and paper and usually produces something amazing and just as I had envisioned.
If you could work on a writing project with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be? Why?
I would love to have had the opportunity to work with Stieg Larsson. I love Mystery/Thriller-type novels and enjoy his writing style. It is disheartening to know that there won’t be any more stories from him and although I have other Authors I really enjoy, such as Jo Nesbo, I can’t seem to find anyone who really mastered the element of mystery and surprise. I would love to pick his brain about the depth of detail and of how dark he goes. I love writing for children but I also enjoy writing about things so far from my reality as a wife and mother and hope that someday find that talent hidden in me as well.
About Nancy Shakespeare
Nancy Shakespeare is the Author of the children’s book series, Benjamin the Bear and The Tiny Princess and the Missing Chocolates. She derives many of her story ideas from her own children’s experiences. Much of Shakespeare’s youth and adult life, has involved music and she is very connected to words and lyrics. The fact that her first 6 published books are in rhyme, showcases her passion for rhythmic writing with melodic undertones. Her current series targets young readers up to 8 years old. In the near future, she plans to debut a series of books written for middle school aged children. Nancy graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and currently lives in the Houston area with her 3 young children and her English husband, Steve, for whom she credits for their famous last name. When not spending time with family, you can find her giving presentations at schools and readings of her latest publications at book stores. Shakespeare is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
You can learn more about Nancy Shakespeare at www.shakespearestories.com.