I have another kidlit author friend on board this morning. Meet début author Donna Martin! Her new book The Story Catcher was just released last month and is making a splash in the picture book department. I was fortunate that Donna gave me an interview.
Q: What’s the premise of your new book?
My début picture book, THE STORY CATCHER, is about a little girl who desperately wants to learn how to read.
Q: What would you like people to know about the story itself?
The universal theme of my book is based on the martial arts tenet of perseverance. A
person should never give up when they’re trying to reach a goal.
Q: What do your characters have to overcome in this story? What challenges do you set before them?
My main character is a little girl named Addie who struggles to learn how to read. Her
family tries to help encourage her to keep trying but every time she tries on her own,
things go horribly wrong. Addie even tries some creative ways to capture those wiggly
words herself with interesting results.
Q: What unique challenges did this book pose for you, if any?
This book is based on a real experience I had a couple of years ago while being a READ
TO ME volunteer. The young girl I worked with really struggled to understand the words
on the pages of her favorite book, even though her family read to her all the time. By
the end of the year she was finally reading on her own. I knew telling her story could
possibly help others understand they’re not alone with their learning disabilities but I
wanted to make sure I also captured the frustration that comes from not understanding the
Q: What has been the most rewarding aspect of having written this book?
My book was released by Anaiah Press on January 20th
telling me how they can relate to little Addie’s story. It makes me feel good to know THE
STORY CATCHER is touching people’s hearts in that way.
Q: Tell us your publishing journey
I’ve been writing for more than 40 years but only started writing professionally for
the past 5 years. After writing THE STORY CATCHER a couple years ago, I started
submitting it to different agents through Julie Hedlund’s 12 X 12 forum but received no
interest. Then in January of last year I participated in a Twitter pitch party and received a
request from my editor, Jessica Schmeidler, to read my manuscript. After that everything
went rather quickly and by the end of SIX DAYS, my story had been read, reviewed, a
book contract offered, contract sent to me, contract signed and returned to Anaiah Press.
A year later, here I am celebrating the release of my début picture book!
Q; Where can we find you on the web?
Here is one place Donna didn’t think to include but I found surreptitiously, I Loved reading about her here as well.
And now for the usual places and links:
Author Email: http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Story Catcher Fan Club Email : http://email@example.com
Donna Martin’s Bio:
Children’s book author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old.
She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a Ninja writer of children’s picture books, middle grade chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books. She is also a book reviewer for Harper Collins Christian Publishing as part of their Book Look Blogger division. Donna is a lover of chocolate, good stories, and adoptive mom to 20-pound guard kitty.
Addie comes from a long line of readers or “story catchers” as her family likes to call
themselves. Every time Addie tries to catch a story on her own the wiggly words play
tricks on her. She tries different ways to make those words sit still but it will take a little
faith for Addie to become the next STORY CATCHER.
Thanks so very much, Donna for giving me an intricate look into your process of your publishing journey and your book, Story Catcher. I love your book trailer and I can’t wait to read your book. Congratulations!
See you all here on Friday for another Perfect Picture Book Friday.