Today we’re hosting Day 4 of a 5-day virtual tour for Michael Read’s new children’s book, The Adventures of the Parsley Family and the Dancing Snails.
This tour is sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center.
In today’s post, Michael offers some tips for writing a book for children.
A Lot to Remember
When you have invented a world you have to be consistent and accurate with names and places and the characteristics of the characters and places you have created.
The Essex Snails are made up of three males and seven females.
The garden layout must be adhered to and Essex Snails characters developed and maintained.
Chugger tends to dither.
Chardonnay is ‘bossy’ and opinionated.
To Joey everything is ‘cool!’
Pinky and Chloe tend to be accident prone.
Tracey and Stacey always talk together etc.
Visiting snail groups were researched on Google to make sure any information about, say, Spanish Snails was correct re their dance, food and language.
The stories took up a format of greetings, explanations, dance, food – picnics, possibly more dance and then good byes.
The Thunder Snails were inspired by the 1960’s puppet TV show; THUNDERBIRDS.
I love the Thunder Snails and the names Flash, Dougie, Buster and Evans have presence, they are ‘action’ names.
Lady I (Lady Ida, my wife’s name), is the Thunder Snail Ambassador, very posh, very English and has an air of authority and, ‘let’s get it done!’
I don’t write as regularly as I did when writing Book 1 and so the continuity aspect is important when I return to write an Essex Snail story.
Reading an early snail story from Book 1 brings back the structure and the new story flows!
Book 3 is my present focus.
For lots more information and pictures visit www.snailguardians.co.uk where there is an Amazon app to order my book.
Visit the National Writing for Children Center tomorrow to get the link to Day 5 of this virtual book tour.