Friday, 31 May 2013

My Interview with Simon Rose from Children's Authors and Illustrators on Facebook

An interview with Vanessa Canevaro

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was raised on a farm outside of Muenster, Saskatchewan and have been writing since the age of six and have absolutely fallen in love with the whole process. I am a history fanatic and love when a piece I am working on involves historical research and study. My life is absolutely amazing as I am the mother of 3 young men and the wife of a most supportive husband. I believe that books should be full of imagination and take a reader to places they have never been.

What is your latest published work?

My latest published work is Zero the Superhero – a first novel for ages 6-8.

Where do you get your ideas from?

All my children’s books ideas have come from life with my 3 sons. Believe me; having 3 boys has given me lots of material.

What are you working on right now?

I have three projects on the go right now. My first full length adult historical fiction novel Of Lions and Lambs is currently in its final stages of the editing process and will be released in 2013 and I’m working on part two of this series, The Devil’s Redemption. Book two, Zero the Superhero, The Island of Mr. No! is also in progress.

Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring authors?

Do what you love to do and dabble in different genres because you don’t want to limit yourself. If you want to write a children’s book, do it. If you want to write a book of poetry, do that! A writer’s limit is only the limits the writer puts on herself.

Do you have a crazy story about an aspect of the writing life, perhaps from a school visit or event?

I was at a funeral in my hometown and a lady came up to me after the mass and asked if I was Vanessa Canevaro, the author. That was the first time someone had recognized me from my picture on the back of my book, I Want a Dragon and I have to say it was pretty awesome. I did receive a letter from an 8 year old girl asking if there is a book two to I Want a Dragon, she said the ending ‘haunts’ her, that was cute.

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