Friday, October 18, 2013

Donna McDine, author of Powder Monkey

Author Bio:
Multiple award-winning children’s author, Donna McDine writes, moms and is a personal assistant from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Children’s Literature Network, and Family Reading Partnership.

Title: Powder Monkey
Author: Donna M. McDine
Illustrator: K.C. Snider
Hardcover: ISBN: 9791616333843; 1616333847
Soft cover: ISBN: 9781616333850; 1616333853
eBook: ISBN: 9781616333867; 1616333863
Page count: 23
Genre: 8-12 years old
Price: $19.95 hard cover / $9.95 soft cover / $5.00 e-Book

Tell us about your books:
Powder Monkey: Forced into a life at sea by the Royal Navy Press Gangs, 12-year-old Tommy Kitt finds himself in a floating sea of misery. Poor living conditions and beatings occur daily. Despite his runt like size, Tommy must summon the courage and physical ability to prevail in a situation he cannot escape.

How long did it take to write the book?
Powder Monkey: two months first draft

What inspired you to write the book?
Powder Monkey: My love of history and creating a historical fiction story for children to learn and enjoy without preaching to them.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
No day is the same. I grab my writing time when I can, whether it be 15 minutes here and there are longer. I always have my To Do List, a pad of paper and pen with me for those unexpected moments of time especially when waiting for my daughter to come out of basketball practice.

I researched the history of the Royal Navy Press Gangs. The research for Powder Monkey was much more extensive. I spent quite a bit of time at the library researching the facts and then reading other children’s books on this topic to ensure that I would be putting a new twist on this topic.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
Powder Monkey: With technology pulling our children away from verbally communicating with their peers and adults in their lives, it’s imperative we get our children reading for enjoyment and learning in the process instead of being holed up in front of the computer or TV playing video games and surfing the Internet.

Excerpt from book:
Powder Monkey: “Tommy trembled. The wagon bounced along the bumpy roadside. His wrists burned from the rope, twisting deeper into his skin. He squirmed and inched himself toward his brother, James.”

Where can we go to buy your book?

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  1. Hi Virginia,

    Thanks for the opportunity in visiting Indie and Debut Author Interviews blog. The VBT has been a blast.

    Looking forward to staying connected.


  2. Great interview! Way to go, Donna!


    1. Hi Karin,

      Thanks for stopping by and for your never ending support.

      Warmest regards,

  3. Lovely interview for a terrific author and book. Beautiful blog site as well. Congratulations to you both.

    1. Hi Nancy,

      Glad you had a chance to stop by and that you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for always lending your support!

      Warmest regards,