Birdy Jones loves to tell stories. While living in Chicago, she taught underserved youth so they could find ways to tell their own stories, too. She loves to write fiction and non-fiction picture books that inspire children to follow their dreams while being their awesome selves! We hung out with Birdy in NYC at Book Expo this past May and were just delighted to ask her questions and hear her own story… what inspires her, what makes her write, and what makes her so fun to be around!
With that, we are happy to introduce you to Birdy Jones!
What is Blossom Plays Possum (Because She’s Shy) about? Blossom is a possum who is very shy. She plays dead (or possum) every time she’s faced with an uncomfortable social situation. With the help of her teacher and the inclusion of her classmates, she gains the self-confidence to be her own unique self!
But wait. What is Blossom really about? Helping kids cope with shyness and giving them ideas on how to ask for help and/or think about shyness as a positive personality trait that can be managed.
What’s your favorite story from making this book? Glitter! Need I say more?!
What other books have you written? Aside from Blossom Plays Possum, I have written Mister Cool (A Publisher’s Weekly Anti-Bullying Book of the Year for 2014-2015), and The Unofficial Harry Potter Insults Handbook: 101 Comebacks for the Slytherin in Your Life (An Amazon Parody Best-Seller).
How do you decide what topics to write on? I love to write about real-life problems kids may face like bullying, shyness, awkwardness, but in a quirky, fun way. I like the book to have a unique voice kids can relate to so they can see themselves in the characters.
What is fun or unexpected about the writing process? I think I get tingles in my toes every time new artwork comes in for the book. To see the text come to life through the illustrations always makes me feel like giddy kid again!
What do you do when you’re not writing books? I’m a video producer, so I’m still telling stories. I have to tell stories all the time. No matter what my job may be.
How does it feel to be a published author? Ahhhhh-MAZING!
What was surprising about getting a book published? I didn’t realize how different the process is for each book you write. Not to mention how many avenues a book can take, depending on how it’s published. It is all very fascinating and I’ve loved learning about that process.
What’s your favorite book? For novels, I’ll have to go with the Harry Potter series. I love it for so many reasons. As far as picture books, I absolutely love the creative genius of Audrey & Don Wood — King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub is my super-favorite!
What children’s book was your favorite when you were growing up? I read a lot of R.L. Stein growing up. I loved his Goosebumps & Fear Street series. I still read his stuff today, which is also inspiring because he’s still writing after all these years!
Any advice for new authors? Just keep writing what you love and never give up! The world needs your unique voice!
Do you have any fun facts to share that readers might not know? I can do a mean chicken dance! I may erupt into song at any moment (life should be a musical). I hi-five myself. I like to do sound effects in my head while other people are talking so it seems more dramatic.
What made you want to publish with Magination Press? Magination has been so fun and inclusive in the publishing process. I really appreciate how well they communicate with the author through every step of the process. They are just as excited for the book as me and I truly appreciate that! They really provide a feeling a camaraderie that is infectious! They are a super-fun publishing group.
Thanks Birdy! Next time, we will get a chicken-dance video….promise. –ke
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