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Interview with picture book author Deb Lund

Interview with picture book author Deb Lund
Interview with picture book author Deb Lund
Deb Lund

Deb Lund is the author of Harcourt’s best-selling picture dinobooks and Monsters on Machines. She’s a writing teacher, creativity coach, and creator of FICTION MAGIC: Card Tricks & Tips for Writers, now on Kickstarter.

For what age audience do you write?

My published books are all picture books, and I’ve just completed an upper middle-grade historical fantasy that takes place in Portugal in 1762. I’m also working on a YA series and an adult novel.

Henry: Wow, you are working across a wide spectrum of audiences.

Tell us about your latest book.

DINOSOARING joined DINOSAILORS and ALL ABOARD THE DINOTRAIN. This has been a popular series about gargantuan dino goofballs who take off on adventures. So far they’ve traveled by boat, train, and airplane.

Henry: Well, after getting seasick in DINOSAILORS, I can see why they’d explore alternative means of transportation.

What do you hope readers will get from reading that book?

Besides enjoying the rollicking rhythms and rhymes, I hope it helps them find their own sense of adventure. A public librarian once told me that my books were never the “behind the couch” books at her house. When I asked what that meant, she said they never minded reading my books over and over. When they got bored with a book, they would stretch their arm over the back of the couch and drop the book behind it. It would take weeks to figure out what happened to it.

Henry: Ah, I used a similar technique as a child, hiding unwanted parts of my dinner under the plate or napkin.

What aspect of writing do you find most challenging?

For me, the most challenging aspect of being a writer is carving out time. While I’ve learned to create fairly well in the middle of chaos, I need to deal better with distractions. I love new thoughts and ideas, and I enjoy revision, but my mind is always whirring away and picking up cues from this and that. It’s amazing how much I get done at times with all the competition going on in my brain!

Henry: Yes, operating from within the eye of a swirling vortex of kid chaos – the bane of all work-from-home parents.

What is a powerful lesson you've learned from being a writer?

Just one? How about a few? Hard work pays off. Being stubborn is an asset. I am not alone. Anxiety and blocks are part of the creative process. I have gifts to share with others.

Henry: Thank you for sharing them!

What has been a memorable experience that you never would have had if you had not been a writer?

Seeing that first giant-sized hardcover book arrive with a big dinosaur face on the front, and under that face, a name exactly like mine.

Henry: Yes, that thrill of seeing your name up in lights like a movie star!

Read the rest of this interview at Henry's blog on KidLit, Fantasy & Science Fiction.