Author, Susan Zutautas, lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, one of three sons and her two Newfoundland dogs.
She recently published a children's story poem book, The Day Mr. Beaver Met a Moose, that tells a 'tail' of friendship and what you can achieve by working together. I was thrilled when my friend agreed to an interview and even happier to share with you all this week.
Maria: What was your inspiration and motivation for writing this charming book for kids of all ages, Susan?
Susan: Ever since I was a little girl reading Golden Books I wanted to write my very own children’s book. It took me many years of writing short stories to come up with one that I truly believed people would like. I not only wanted to try to teach children something in the story but also wanted a book that adults would enjoy reading to their children.
Maria: I understand you have plans for a series of three books. Can you tell us more about this?
Susan: I have the next two books in the series written, but not sure if my illustrator Adam Privitt, has the time to illustrate the next two.
Maria: How wonderful that all proceeds from the sale of this book are being donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Canada. Please tell us about this organization and why its special to you.
Susan: My youngest son Garth had a dear friend who was dying of brain cancer. I was so impressed with the way in which RMHC helped out not only him but his family too. They were such a great support to Chris and his family. When I finally decided that I was ready to publish my first children’s book I wanted to donate all the proceeds to a special organization and chose RMCH.
Maria: The illustrations of Adam Privett are stellar. Please tell us about him and how we might contact him for work.
Susan: Adam is a 35-year-old father of two awesome kids, Mason (8) and Autumn (4), and husband to a beautiful wife named Sarah. He works as an EMT. He has had an interest in art since he was two-years-old and worked very hard for years to develop his skills and to broaden the techniques and media used. The easiest way to contact him is by phone, 417-848-3666.
Maria: I'm excited to complete the series, so far for myself and my great nephew. Any idea of when we can expect the rest of the set?
Susan: I’m hoping that I can get a colleague, my son or nephew to illustrate the last two books in the series. Hopefully I’ll have them out soon.
Maria: Please tell us about your other writing. Where can we find more of your work?
Susan: You can find me on HubPages under Just Ask Susan or Susan Zutautas. I also have three blog sites, the main one called Everything Susan and More.
I also have a novella available on Amazon as well called New In Town. The story centers on Morag who enthusiastically begins her new life in Toronto. Shortly after getting settled, she meets Ian. Is this by chance, or is it fate? Suspense builds after a break in occurs leaving Morag's life in turmoil.
Maria: What ideas are you cooking for the future. Please keep in touch as I have now added you to my I Recommend page.
Susan: I have one more children’s book idea currently which is a work in progress. Thank you so much for adding me to your site’s I Recommend page and for taking the time to interview me.
Maria: The pleasure is all mine. Thank you for sharing your time and talents with us, dear Susan. Hoping my readers keep your books in mind to add to their reading list or to make holiday shopping easier.
Until next week, wishing you peace and smiles,
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