1. Are you a first time author?
2. Your book One More Candle, tackles a common yet difficult subject, that is sibling jealousy. What made you choose sibling jealousy as your subject matter?
Well, I have to say honestly that sibling jealousy was not my intended subject matter. I actually wanted to write a picture book story that underlines the gap that persistently exists between adult and child perspectives. This gap often goes unnoticed by parents and its concept is certainly beyond children’s immature capacity of comprehension. And yet this gap stands as a major communication barrier between parents and young children. I wanted to find a story that illustrates this indiscernible gap in a simple way, in a way that may be easily understood by the two parties. So I came up with One More Candle. However, I don’t deny the fact that I was thirsty for lovely picture books that deal with sibling relationship. I think this matter has not been sufficiently approached in today’s picture books. Our society has moved even closer to individualism and I feel that establishing strong sibling connections has become more crucial than ever.
3. Is this the beginning of a series?
Yes. I have 4 more in the Nola and Betty series and they are on their way.
4. You had a clever way of resolving the problem between the sisters, how did you arrive at that conclusion?
I’m not completely sure if it was a matter of resolving the problem or ending the story; or probably both. Literary critics have made me realize how particularly good I am at endings. However, it’s also true that I wanted to show how understanding Betty is towards Nola. I have always been certain that sibling jealousy actually helps to reinforce emotional bonding between siblings.
5. What would you like for your readers to take away from your book?
One More Candle is mostly meant to be enjoyed by parents and children as an enriching literary experience rather than to convey a specific message. But through this book I certainly seek to underline the importance of strong family bonding as an essential element in childhood, and that parents should never underestimate the crucial role they play in their children’s lives.