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Check out another blog.

Posted on: July 14, 2009 is a great blog. I’m sharing some of the stuff there but you’ll have to go to her site to read the rest.

cronin[1]  Doreen Cronin hard at work.

Doreen Cronin is one of my favorite authors.  Her books can be found at or Barnes&Noble. If you can’t afford to buy the book, most libraries have copies for checkout.

 Doreen Cronin dreamed of becoming a police officer like her father or an FBI agent. Instead she became a lawyer and picture book author of ten books. Her first book, Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type was written during a sleepless night and launched her award winning writing career.

Interview with Doreen Cronin

Aday: What are some of the steps you took to promote Click, Clack, Moo?

Doreen: I was a practicing attorney when Click Clack Moo was published – I didn’t do any promotional work for the book. By some enormous stroke of luck – Daniel Pinkwater chose to read it on NPR – and it just took off from there.

Aday: Were there elements of your book you used when you marketed it?

Doreen: What was really interesting – and unexpected – was the interest in the book from labor organizations. I had worked in a Labor Law firm while I was in law school – so I had some background in labor organizations and unions – but that was after the book was written. The first book “gig” I did was attending a labor organization’s family “weekend” in the mountains. They asked me to come and do a reading. It was great fun!

Aday: How do you design your characters? Are they loosely based on people you know? Do you do a character sketch?

Doreen: I don’t do character sketches. I just write. I feel like the characters reveal themselves a little bit at a time. I also believe that characters are almost always composites – of ourselves, our families, our friends, etc.

Aday: What was your favorite part of writing Click, Clack, Moo? And why?

Doreen: Click Clack Moo was unlike any other writing experience I’ve had. The story came to me in one fell swoop – in the middle of the night. My father had just passed away and I was literally crying when I started to write – and laughing when I finished.

J. Aday: How do you draw people to your table at book signings ?

Doreen: Simon and Schuster always do an amazing job with publicity, give-aways, etc.

J. Aday: Did you get to work directly with the artist? Did you get final approval of art?

Author Doreen Cronin   Illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Author Doreen Cronin Illustrated by Betsy Lewin

 Check your local library for other titles by this author.

2 Responses to "Check out another blog."

I LOVE CLICK CLACK MOO…. thanks for posting the info Peg 🙂

Me, too. Obviously. The boys love them, too. I’m looking for

some more books to review in the next few weeks. Check

back later.

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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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I love the children's movies Wizard of Oz and the Neverending Story. Both movies make me feel the lesson that hope is alive and well. After seeing UP this past week, it just might have a chance at being added to this list.

I love the cool colors of blues and purples.Those colors are peaceful for me.

I love The Velveteen Rabbit. Even as an adult, I still feel the urge to cry when he becomes real. I know, silly, but a good book can make me laugh and cry as it takes me on a magical journey.

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