As always, it thrills me to host wonderful authors on this blog, and Jennifer Senne stands at no exception. Her book, "Good Morning Mirror," inspires children of all ages to develop confidence and a beautiful self image. I love this near and dear topic to my heart, and can't wait to find out more.
So, Jennifer, tell me a little bit more about your book.
Jennifer: My book is a positive self-image book for children, called "Good Morning, Mirror!" It shares the story of a French bulldog named Little Frenchie and the struggle she had with her friend, Mirror.
As she greets her friend every day, "Good Morning," she notices that Mirror's behavior had changed-she became more negative and rude. With the help of her mother, Little Frenchie found out why her friend was acting the way she was and had learned a precious lesson.
I love it already! Self-image can be a tough topic for a lot of us. Although I'm sure you had fun writing this, no book comes without its difficulties. What was the hardest part about writing it?
Jennifer: The hardest part of the writing process for me was making sure that the readers can relate and at the same time enjoy reading the story. I wanted it to be fun but also realistic enough that the kids will be able to connect to what the character was going through.
Absolutely. A tricky balance to land for sure. What was the most exciting part of the writing process?
Jennifer: The most exciting scene for me would be the part where Little Frenchie realized what Mirror was doing. I enjoyed writing the dialogue between Little Frenchie and her mother.
So fun! Dialogue is especially important in children's books. So are fun characters. Did you have a favorite one you wrote?
Jennifer: Of course, it would have to be Little Frenchie. She is so innocent and has a lot to learn, and that's one of the many lessons I am hoping young readers will get from this book. I want them to realize that they can listen to their parents and seek guidance whenever they feel down.
So, so, so important. Excellent advice for your readers, for sure. Now, as for advice for writers, do you have any you'd like to share?
Jennifer: Start writing! It doesn't matter if you are experienced or not, just start writing. Read a lot of books, do a lot of research and don't be ashamed to ask for advice from those who's been there before.
Absolutely agreed. Just like readers learn to ask their parents for guidance, writers often do the same with writing mentors. Anything else you'd like to add before we sign off?
Jennifer: To all the readers, young and adult, believe in yourself, guard your self-talk and, always think positively if possible. Know that you are wonderfully made, capable and that you are amazing!
Thank you so much for joining us, Jennifer! For everyone interested in picking up a copy of "Good Morning, Mirror," you can find a link below. I've also included a link to a video by Jennifer which she explains the concept of the book in depth.