We brought you the review of You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy? and now we’re thrilled to bring you this interview with the author, Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt.
Where did you get the idea for this book?
Beats me! All I know is that I needed a manuscript draft for a Highlights Foundation picture book workshop I was about to attend in a week’s time. So I told myself I had to stay in bed until I came up with an idea (because my best ideas seem to come when I’m lying there trying to sleep, or when I’m standing in the shower!). For some reason I started thinking about Santa…and the Easter Bunny…and the tooth fairy. I got to wondering why she was always portrayed as a dainty, winged creature, instead of a big-attitude treasure hunter. That’s when I got the idea for my book.
I understand this is your first children’s picture book. Do you have any plans of writing another? Can we look for it soon?
Actually, I’ve written other kid’s books. But this is my first published children’s fiction book. I am currently trying to get an editor to look at my unpublished middle grade novel. Getting it published would rock my world.
I never really thought much about the tooth fairy. I love your tooth fairy character – she is a strong woman who knows what she wants. Is this character based on anyone special?
Nope. She’s pure fiction. Though I will admit she’s my alter ego. HA!
What books are you reading right now?
I’ve been rereading some of my favorite picture books, including Axle Annie and the Speed Grump by Robin Pulver, The Three Silly Billies by Margie Palatini, and Beauty and The Beaks by Mary Jane and Herm Auch. And as I review kid’s books for a website called ItsGoodToBeTheQueen.com (an online community for moms of boys!), I’m also reading three novels this week: The Witches of Dredmoor Hollow by Riford McKenzie, The Truth About Horses, Friends & My Life as a Coward by Sarah P. Gibson, and No Castles Here by A.C.E. Bauer. After I get those reviews up, I’m diving into a book I picked up at Powell’s Books in Portland, OR, last month: Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles. I loved, loved, loved her previous book, Love, Ruby Lavender, so I’m looking forward to it!
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions Sheri!