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Michele McAvoy & The Gorilla Picked Me!

Native Ink Press: Where do you do most of your writing? What is your process like?

Michele McAvoy: 
Anywhere where I can hide from my family. Seriously, I have two small children and a husband who all want attention, so I sneak away to write. I will write early in the morning (for an hour or less) before I sign onto my law job and the same at night when all are asleep (and I should probably be sleeping, too). During those times not only do I write, but I also market my published books and keep myself in the loop of the industry (ie: get caught up on Twitter, a virtual playground for children’s book authors).

 

Native Ink Press: How did you come up with the idea of this book? How long did it take you to write?

Michele McAvoy: The Gorilla Picked Me! is based on a true story from when I was a little girl. As a Girl Scout Brownie, I attended a daddy-daughter dance. When I was little, I was chubby and felt like I didn’t stand out in a positive way like my friends who were tall and skinny. During the dance, my daddy stepped away and a dancing gorilla appeared. The gorilla picked me up and danced with me. It wasn’t until my 30’s, years after my father had passed away, did I think that it was possibly him in that gorilla suit. Simple moments can define a person and I love that my father’s love gave me this special moment. He is no longer here for me to ask if it was, in fact, him in that gorilla suit. It’s his forever secret, and I love that too.

The Gorilla Picked Me! has gone through many (many!) revisions. The first draft came pretty easily and closely resembles the final story. But there were many revisions in between as I tried to navigate the opinions of publishers who don’t prefer rhyme, and as I perfected the rhyme and meter to stand out on a professional level.

 

Native Ink Press: Who are your favorite authors/books? Why?

Michele McAvoy: I love Andrea Beatty and her children’s picture book, Rosie Revere Engineer. Ms. Beatty is an inspiration for writing in rhyme and I love the message of Rosie Revere, that little girls can do anything they put their minds to and to never let others steer you away from your passion. Be yourself!

I also love picture books illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. A personal favorite of mine (and my 5-year-old daughter’s) is I’m Bored written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. This funny picture book pegs how little kids think and get frustrated and Ms. Ohi’s illustrations are fun and full of positivity.

Finally, I love Dav Pilkey, the genius behind The Adventures of Captain Underpants. Mr. Pilkey came to my rescue in my struggle to encourage my son (now 8 years old) to read. His fabulously flawed mischievous characters, George and Harold, kept my son’s interest and got me through First and Second Grade reading logs. Mr. Pilkey’s unhindered imagination and attention to what kids like (not grown-ups) is an inspiration for all those writing for children.

On a more mature level, I love Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (at this point it’s become so mainstream I’m afraid it’s a cliché.) But, I’m a romantic and complicated like Elizabeth Bennet, so Mr. Darcy gets me every time!

 

  

About the Author

Michele McAvoy is a children’s book author, an attorney and a mother of two young children.  Michele’s love of books began as a young girl excited to order Troll books at school (that Troll traveling bookstore was the best!)  As a child, she loved taking trips to the Barnes & Noble in the Village of NYC to buy Judy Blume when visiting with her grandmother.  Michele always enjoyed the quiet creativity that came along with reading and writing.  She now finds peace in her often-hectic days when she’s writing.  Michele’s debut picture book “My Superhero Grandpa” is the recipient of a 2016 Children’s Moonbeam Book Award.  She is excited about the release of her newest picture book “The Gorilla Picked Me!” coming in 2018.  Michele graduated cum laude from both New York University and Brooklyn Law School and considers herself a “cool nerd.”  She currently lives in the suburbs of New Jersey and embraces her “joisey” accent (it’s a losing battle otherwise).

Michele’s book The Gorilla Picked Me! is available for pre-order on our website, Native Ink Press and Ink Smith Publishing. The pre-order sale includes a hardcover, author signed edition! You can pre-order your copy here.

Connect with  Michele on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram!

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The Journey to Wondercon, The Final Update

I feel like there is no such thing as too prepared. I started packing Tuesday morning. Having done events before I have learned… boxes on wheels are not the answer when it comes to transporting goods. So this time I am going suitcases a try. So far, so good. Packing everything has been a game of extreme tetris. Not just the kind you play with the dishwasher, but this one has different delicate elements. The books went into two entirely separate suitcases. They weren’t any trouble, although if I had had 5 more books… they wouldn’t have fit.  It was the bag with the delicate material that was the headache.

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We have paper, catalogs, glass, feather pens and other easily breakable(or bendable) goods to be transported to the convention center. I don’t want to show up with bent signs and broken feathers. That would definitely be bad for business!

I’ve updated our Square store. We have a few more dozen followers on twitter. Look for #inkwell this weekend! If you take a picture with us, or our booth or anything related to us, be sure to include the hash tag!

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Tonight we set up. I feel like its a holiday weekend. I cannot wait for tomorrow!

Did I mention we are having an exclusive giveaway for the weekend? No purchase is necessary. Only one entry per person. Multientries will void your entry. Whats better than free books! Come by and sign up.

Now I can finally concentrate on what to wear!

This will be the last journey post for now, as the event starts tomorrow. Depending on how exhausted I am, I may or may not post a Day 1 recap. Be sure to stop by our booth! We are space 100 in the small press section. Take pictures, tag us on twitter and let us know what you think. Thank you for following my adventure. The stress is finally over and I am ready to enjoy.

We are also putting our ebooks at our official store 50% off! This will be available to anyone. So even if you aren’t attending this weekend, you can still take advantage of this great sale! We’ve also added the Amazon Payment option on our website, giving you more options to check out.

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New Entry Option For The Book Giveaway!

Do you like free stuff? Do you like to read? 

Enter Ink Smith Publishing’s book giveaway today! 

You can win free paperback books, ebooks and more! 

All you have to do is complete the entry by clicking the photo or link below. To enter you can like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter or our new option, POST A WRITTEN BLOG POST! Simple easy and many of them you can do daily. 

We will now be giving away one free book a month via these giveaways! This month you will have the option to choose which book you want due to our calendar schedule of two books released, The Coat or Five Corners: The Marked Ones. By following our Facebook page or Twitter you will be informed with information on the most recent giveaway and other events.

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