About "Bubblegum Princess":
“Bubblegum Princess” is a story about a little girl who learns to be herself. And how by doing so, she changes the kingdom’s perception of the innate gifts that make her unique. (read more)
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write “Bubblegum Princess”?
Julie Gribble: I read an article about the passing out (graduation) parade at Sandhurst in 2006, where Kate Middleton’s mom got into a spot of trouble when she was seen chewing gum in public. Rumor had it, the Queen was very upset, and forbade Will to see Kate – this was just a rumor of course, fueled by the possibility that Will and Kate did stop seeing each other briefly within the year. (read more)
JP: What sets ”Bubblegum Princess” apart from other books in the same genre?
JG: We created a dummy book of “Bubblegum Princess” far before publication to get feedback from librarians, educators, parents and children. It was wonderful to hear what elements were working and what weren’t. (read more)
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to ”Bubblegum Princess” getting out to the public?
JG: I developed a six page marketing plan, long before “Bubblegum Princess” was released, but I’d implement some elements of the marketing plan earlier next time. The book gained attention when it was released on the day the Royal Baby was born and this helped get the book mentioned in the LA Times! (read more)
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish “Bubblegum Princess”?
JG: For “Bubblegum Princess” I started with an outline, just a few lines for each page. This helped determine how many illustrations were needed. Then I listened to classical music to create a formal rhythm and classic cadence – that’s when the fun really started. (read more)
JP: What’s next for Julie Gribble?
JG: I’m a Southampton Children’s Literature Fellow, studying with Emma Walton Hamilton and Cindy Kane – I couldn’t be happier being mentored by such heavy hitters in the world of children’s literature. (read more)
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