IndieView with A. Mon, author of The Little Book of Magical Tales

The stories happen in a magical world which is much like ours. No. They take shape as I write but I always have an idea before I start the project. The Little Book of Magical Tales is a compilation of 5 short stories for children. I have tried to do the same in my book. Some of my characters are fictitious. A picture book, about a little orca and his journey to get reunited with his mother. I have been a professional editor for the past seven years. This needed some further research and practice. My characters are like real people in my head even though they might look like a fish on the paper. Animals could talk, children could fly and inanimate objects could have feelings. Others don’t. India
Where do you live now? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Do you outline? Was it a particular event or a gradual process? As of now, I am just winging it. And Santa has lost his sleigh right before Christmas! I loved the idea that anything was possible in these worlds. However, marketing the book is proving to be a major challenge. I love the way these authors portray their characters realistically, even though they are writing for children. They are exposed to more knowledge thanks to the internet. We all know how important it is for writers to read. There are several authors I admire, and they have influenced my thought and writing a lot. So, submitting to an Agent might be a good idea, I don’t know. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? How long did it take you to write it? I loved the idea that anything was possible in these worlds. Have faith in your work. Once I am done with the manuscript, I let it out and start editing. Alexander Raskin’s When Daddy Was a Little Boy was amongst my absolute favorites as a child. If I don’t switch it off it keeps nagging me. I just used those skills to edit my book. There are a few websites that can play sounds of waves or rain in a loop. My book is also available on Kindle. A Mon – 13 April 2019
The Back Flap
The Little Book of Magical Tales is about adventure, friendship and compassion. Ronnie is sad because it is raining outside and there is nothing good on TV. It provides great quality paperbacks on demand. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? It took a while (almost a year) to figure out the best stories to put in this book. Children between 5-8 years of age will enjoy the book. The moon is in trouble for making fun of the old lady. I did get a friend to proof-read the manuscript though. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? With its primary focus on teaching children basics of problem solving, everyone in the book finds a way out of the mess in their own way. I wanted to write a book that is entertaining as well as rich with life lessons. I wanted to write a book that brings more children to experience this magic. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Life happens to them all just the way it happens to all of us. About the book
What is the book about? It’s a great book to enjoy before bedtime or as a summer vacation reading project. I designed the cover myself. No, I used Amazon’s self-publishing platform to publish my book. This is a hindrance to the work. They fueled my imagination. Children today face a much more competitive environment. If you are over that, everything else will fall in place. Sometimes the stories may not be fully formed. As a children’s writer I am heavily influenced by the kind of books I read as a child. I always have a story outline planned before I start typing. I have an internal editor that is extremely critical of my writing. They need education that is relevant. Not music exactly but I do use nature sounds to boost my concentration. It was almost like they were just there, waiting to be written about. Seattle, Washington
What would you like readers to know about you? While writing this book I was constantly struggling with how I could best combine thrill with valuable lesson that addresses the challenges that kids face today. The biggest challenge an author faces is successfully putting together a manuscript. L Frank Baum and his The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was among the first books I read as a child. Self-publishing has given me a good learning base. Thanks to all the magical tales I read as a child I have a very fertile imagination. What came easily? Then I let them play out the story. I use a free online tool to put it together. Where did you get the idea from? Do you have a target reader? I used to have massive writer’s blocks before but now I just type. Some were borrowed. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? They are way smarter than what we used to be when we were their age. I believe in magic. There are thousands of blogs out there on best ways to market a book. The five compelling stories in this book are filled with endearing characters like the two little fishes – Tuton and Futon, Ronnie and his friend Thomas, Santa, the princess and the moon. Marketing the book is the biggest roadblock I am facing as a self-publisher. Ronnie is based on my four-year-old nephew who loves to draw. If so can you please describe it? It unravels a magical world where good things happen to the brave, loyal and kind. With picturesque narrative, life-like illustrations and life-lessons, this book is packed with fantastic adventure and learning for any child who loves to read. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Some of their tips and tricks work. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) When did you start writing the book? This is my first book and I had little idea of what it’s like to publish a book. Did you hire a professional editor? I would love some honest reviews on my Amazon page as well as on Goodreads. Animals could talk, children could fly and inanimate objects could have feelings. The princess is having an unhappy birthday. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Do you listen to music while you write? I started writing the book about two years back. About You
Where did you grow up? I think of the characters first. Then I decided to illustrate the stories myself. End of Interview:
Get your copy of   The Little Book of Magical Tales from Amazon US or Amazon UK. When Tuton and Futon play pranks on each other something goes terribly wrong. That really helps to calm the nerves and focus. What came easy were the characters. I mean, there is no point in talking down to children. They were mostly fantasy stories of imaginary worlds. It encourages children to never give up, no matter what life throws at them — an essential lesson to live by today. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? What are you working on now? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping?