It’s my delight to introduce you to vivacious, rap-writing debut author Lisa Rose. I first met Lisa through our regional chapter of SCBWI and was immediately attracted to her bright smile, energy and enthusiasm. And wait until you hear her good news . . .
Tell us about your book–details! We want details!
SHUMLIK PAINTS THE TOWN will be published by Kar-Ben in 2016. It’s about a painter named Shumulik who needs to create a mural for Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day). He can’t think of anything to paint and soon all of Jerusalem will be there. What is he going to do? It has a funny surprise ending!
Can’t wait to read SHUMLIK PAINTS THE TOWN and find out what the surprise is. So, when did you know you wanted to write for children?
It sounds cliché, but I was in second grade. I wrote a poem and my teacher called me a writer. I always wanted to write. But my mother told me to do something that made money. So I became an elementary teacher and got really, really, really rich! Moral of the story: don’t listen to your mother.
Very funny, Lisa. Now, what is it about writing for children that appeals to you versus writing for adults?
Hope. All children’s book must end in hope or by definition they are not a children’s book.
What’s the best writing advise you’ve ever been given?
I was a playwright before I wrote for kids, but this still applies: “No amount of sequins can save a bad script.”
Love that. And it definitely applies to children’s writing too. As you know, Frog on a Dime is all about encouraging children’s writers, so what’s the most encouraging thing anyone has ever said to you (related to writing)?
It was from Michigan’s own Debbie Taylor. I was writing outside of my race and shared with her I wasn’t trying to be revolutionary, I just wanted to write about something that touched me. Debbie said, “That’s your answer!” Recently, I was working on a project and it just wasn’t working. I tried and tried. Until I realized I was writing it for all the wrong reasons. I think good writing must have passion and purpose. The idea must scrape your soul.
What advise would you give to someone who has been pursuing publication for a long time, with close calls, but no contracts?
Keep going and learn how to flip-turn. I was swimmer before I was writer. It is excellent training. I was used to going as fast as could into cement walls. Instead of crashing after rejection, I just turned around and swam as fast I could into another cement wall. I sent the editor at Kar-Ben over twenty stories. We were on a first name rejection basis. But she kept encouraging me to send more stories. And so I did. I told myself I was going to keep writing until I got a contract or a restraining order from her. Luckily for me, the contract came first.
That’s great advise, Lisa. I’d never thought about flip-turns, but that’s a perfect analogy for the submission process. Time for one last question? Okay, name three things we’d be surprised to learn about you.
1. While I have this nice Jewish book coming out with Kar-Ben, most of my novels feature African-American characters and I am working on a digital media project with the former producers of rapper Eminem. Yes, I even write rap music.
2. I have partnered with a Detroit graffiti artist, Fel3000ft. to create a chapter book. I joke that I write everything from shalom to shazizzle!
3. I like eating ice cream with a fork.
4. BONUS! I have an e-book coming out with MeeGenius in the Spring: OH NO! THE TOOTH FAIRY BROKE HER WING! It is a sequel to OH NO! THE EASTER BUNNY IS ALLERGIC TO EGGS!
Hey, this was fun, Lisa. Thank you for stopping by Frog on a Dime. Wishing you many more publishing success stories. Keep doing those flip-turns!
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Go Lisa! I’m late to the party – just got home from vacation.
THANKS! I hope you had a great time!
You are amazing Lisa. 😀 Thanks for being my friend. I love having the pleasure of reading your work. Good things are going to happen. This is your year; I can feel it. 😀
Lisa, I’m so happy for you!!! And those cement walls sound like they turned into bouncing boards for you!!
Great to hear Debbie Taylor gave you those encouraging words. I think she’s super also. I’m looking forward to reading the chapter book coming out. Great energy coming from you – fly on!!
Isn’t it fun to read encouraging news? Thanks for stopping by Frog on a Dime, Virginia!
Publishing is like swimming without lines! I am glad you liked it : )
Thanks everyone! I am glad you enjoyed it. Vicky is a great host!
Another great analogy, Lisa! You’re a great guest. 🙂
Great interview of the best writing partner ever! So excited for you Lisa! And I love your blog Vicky:)
Aw. Thanks for stopping by, Patti. It’s always fun to share our friend’s good news!
Congratulations, Lisa on your new book. Great interview, Vicky.
Thank you for stopping by, Ann. It’s always fun to share good news!
Congratulations,Lisa on betting out the restraining order! Can’t wait to read your book . . . and add an autographed copy to my special PB collection!
Isn’t it exciting! Thanks for visiting Frog on a Dime, Lisa.
I love the flip turn analogy! I was also a swimmer in high school, and this fits perfectly for me. Thanks!
I loved it too. Such a fresh and positive way of looking at the submission process. Glad it struck a chord with you, too. Thanks for visiting Frog on a Dime.