Selkies' Skins

Selkies' Skins
Current book in series Temple and Skinquest. Enjoy Castle and Well from Amazon, B&N and Smashwords while waiting for that and the prequel's audiobook "Pearls of Sea and Stone: Book of Seals".

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Interviewing children's author Rochelle Lazauskas of Pen It Publications

Today I share my interview of Rochelle Lazauskas, author of the children's books "Moey's Big Back Yard" and "Moey's Day At The Farm," which I illustrated for.

You can purchase these books on Amazon or direct from the publisher. If you're in McCloud for the annual Lumberjack Fiesta you can also drop by my book booth to buy a copy!

Moey's Big Back Yard

Moey's Day at the Farm

Filmed using the short Miikare cellphone/tablet stand for my tablet with answers and the tall telescoping Miikare cellphone/tablet stand to hold the phone.


 Pre Interview Questions:
a) What name and gender are being used to refer to you? If they do not match your birth name and gender are you open about it? You do not have to disclose legal/birth name and gender, but if you want it mentioned you write under an assumed identity or have more than one identity you work under for this industry that can open up new lines of discussion.
a) Mrs. Rochelle Lazauskas

b) Are you an author, poet, illustrator, editor, game writer, game creator, publisher, or multiple? If you have multiple roles in the publishing community then which ones are they? If you have multiple roles feel free to answer each question with sections for each role.
b) Author

c) What books, games, or other publishing related projects have you been involved in the production of?
c) Moey's Big Back Yard & Moey's Day at the Farm


1. What got you interested in (writing/illustrating/editing, etc)?

1) I have always been interested in writing and story telling.

2. What company or companies are you doing work for/with?
2) I publish through PenIt! Publications

3. What projects are you currently working on?
3) I currently am writing my third in a series children's book

4. Do you have any future projects in mind to take on?
4) Working on my future project ( see # 3)

5. What is your favorite project?
5) Any project concerning my dog, Moe. So, both of my books.

6. Is this career something that you always wanted to do?
I have always wanted to write a book, and have been writing short stories for many years.
I have not published any of them, though.

7. Do you find it difficult, or find some aspects more difficult than others?
7) When the ideas come to me, I find it very easy to complete the thought.

8. What is a normal day like for you? Is this your side job or main job?
8) Writing is sort of an extra curricular activity for me.

9. How do you manage balancing this with family and any other work you may have?
9) I write in the quiet hours, when others are asleep or not at home.

10. What hobbies do you have?
10) I like to paint, draw, & make one of a kind jewelry. I love to try any kind of craft project, and love to keep my hands busy.

11. If you could be anything in the world besides this, what would it be?
11) I would love to be in the medical field, helping others.

12. Do you feel that school helped set you up toward following this path in the publishing industry?
12) Absolutely. In school I took creative writing classes & that's been an enormous help.

13. If you could go back to school is there anything you wish you had paid more attention to?
13) Yes, that'd be math. I've never been very good with math.

14. What advice do you have for the next generation?
14) It's never too late to do what you love. Never give up.

15. What advice do you have for your age peers that may also want to take part in the publishing industry and specifically with your area within it?
15) Don't let anyone stop you from writing, if you truly love to write. It is never too late to reinvent yourself. Grandma Moses did it, I did it, and so can you!

16. Is there anything else that you’d like to add that we didn’t discuss?

16) Writing is a very freeing experience.


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