Sunday, March 10, 2013

I'm Feature Hazel Nutt Childrens Author


Written and Illustrated by Hazel Nutt

Published 3rd February 2013

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

In Hazel Nutt's début trilogy of fun rhyming picture books, children are emerged into the imaginative secret life of squirrels.

The books:  What Squirrels Do When You Are Not Looking, What Squirrels Do: The Squirrel Olympics and What Squirrels Do: Just For Fun are full of beautiful illustrations and ideas that could just be true.  Who really know what squirrels get up to while people are looking the other way?

Ideal for an adult and child to read together the "What Squirrels Do" series combines imaginative rhyme with delightful illustrations. The books inspire little imaginations and instil the seeds of a lifelong love for reading and nature.

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What Squirrels Do When You Are Not Looking

What Squirrels Do:  The Squirrel Olympics

What Squirrels Do: Just for Fun

About the Author

Hazel Nutt is a baby who is nutty about nature, especially squirrels, whom she often has a good natter with. They tell her their secrets and her parents help her write them down to share with the world, as picture books.

Loving nature is really important to her and Hazel Nutt hopes to make sure that lots of other kids get nutty about nature as well.

She also likes to blog about her observations on life and teach other toddlers how to train their parents.

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SAMPLE INTERVIEW WITH LORD AND LADY DOHERTY -  The Parents Behind the Pen-name “Hazel Nutt”

What makes your What Squirrels Do picture book series special?

Well apart from creating the persona of a toddler as the author, our books are beautifully illustrated, funny and well written, which I'm sure that many authors will say about their own books, but our books have passed the Toddler Test!

What's the Toddler Test?

Our toddler and other toddlers at the toddler groups we attend have wanted the “What Squirrels Do” series read AND REREAD to them, once they've heard it the first time.

In addition to this, we hope to instil a lifelong love of nature and reading in other toddlers, help in developing little imaginations and encourage parents and little ones to bond over a good picture book.

Why did you choose Hazel Nutt as a pen-name?

We thought that a toddler take on the world would be infinitely more interesting than yet another parent writing s picture book. 

At the moment our toddler is two (and called Hazel, but not Nutt), so finding the inspiration is very easy.  She helps our creativity and is our muse.

Why have you chosen to write rhyming picture books?

Well Lady Doherty has always loved writing poetry and has a natural talent for it, but she did not think about writing childrens picture books until her daughter came along, when the ideas and creativity just flowed.  Lord Doherty's forte is the picture creation, so all in all we are the perfect mum, dad and toddler writing team.

How do you go about the writing process?

Out daughter provides the inspiration, Mum writes the words and Dad illustrates and edits!  This all takes place from the comfort of our own home.  Very little can be completed during the day time, apart from a few notes and sketches, due to a dog demanding to go out and a toddler demanding to be entertained.  So a lot of our work is done at night times.  It is lucky that Lord and Lady Doherty are night owls!

Why did you choose the self publishing route?

Well we wanted to do something special for our daughter's second birthday, so we decided to have the publish date of the “What Squirrels Do” trilogy as the 3rd February 2013.

Although the name Hazel Nutt is a pen-name, for all intents and purposes these books have been created for our daughter, as a sort of legacy for her and her future family.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for hosting me on My What Squirrels Do Picture Book Tour