Were there any particular mentor texts that inspired you as you created YOUR ALIEN and GINNY LOUISE AND THE SCHOOL SHOWDOWN? How about for the upcoming release of ROAR!?
With YOUR ALIEN, I challenged myself to tell a second person story using a circle structure. Two books that have done this approach well are IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE by Laura Numeroff and WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN by Jodi Moore.
If you have not yet read PART ONE of Tammi's interview, visit HERE. And if you are ready to learn more from Tammi, read her books and consider a trip to my neck of the woods for her full day writing craft workshop at our North Texas chapter of SCBWI. But hurry! It's in 2 weeks!
Tammi Sauer is a full-time picture book author who has visited hundreds of schools and spoken at various conferences across the nation. To date, Tammi has sold 23 picture books to major publishing houses (Bloomsbury, Disney*Hyperion, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Simon & Schuster, and Sterling). In addition to winning awards, her books have gone on to do great things. Mostly Monsterly was selected for the 2012 Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program. Me Want Pet! was recently released in French which makes her feel extra fancy. And Nugget and Fang, along with Tammi herself, was featured on the Spring 2015 Scholastic Book Fair DVD which was shared with millions of students. This is a link to the video: http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/ESvideo.
You can visit Tammi online at tammisauer.com and at picturebookbuilders.com.