Interview with children’s author Jennie Ross

Author Jennie Ross is here today to
chat about her new children’s book, Slicker
McQuicker and the Hike
(written as Jennie Wren).
Welcome, Jennie. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in
Austin, TX where I graduated from Austin High School and attended the
University of Texas. I’ve written the lyrics to over ninety country western
songs, have written several mysteries, scores of children’s books and a lot of
poetry. When we moved to Nevada I decided it was time to get serious and get
published. My hobbies are traveling, swimming and horseback riding. My husband
and I live on seven acres with two dogs, two horses and a spectacular view of
the mountains.
Please tell us about
your current release.
Slicker McQuicker and the Hike is a book that takes you on an
adventure with Slicker and Michael the Pup. They run into a couple of
unexpected bears and Slicker comes up with a scheme to outwit the bears.
What inspired you to write this book?
While raising
3 sons and my youngest having learning disabilities, I realized that there were
so many important values that were not being taught. I created the character
Slicker McQuicker to be someone kids could relate to and look up to. Slicker is
a real funny boy. His ears spring out, his eyes change from brown to blue, he has
red curly hair, freckles and looks different than the other kids. He teaches
kids about acceptance, self love, friendship, safety, and bullying while taking
the audience on fun adventures.
Because of my
youngest son’s learning disability, he was seeing a child psychologist by the
name of Tom Oakland who was world famous for helping children. He read my
Slicker books and felt that they had values that children could benefit from.
What exciting story are you working on
next?
I just
finished writing Cindy the Cow for
children. It is being illustrated now and should be out by October 30th.
I am currently writing a mystery novel, A
Promise Made
that is a sequel to my first published crime/drama/mystery
book, Frozen Image.
I have
published 3 crime/drama/mystery novels Frozen
Image
, Outback Murders, and Sea of Death, 1 adventure/drama novel The Wrong Side of the Blanket, 1 American
history/short story that is humorous and educational, JENNIE’S AMERICAN SHORT
STORIES.
My children’s books are:
Slicker McQuicker and Friends, Slicker
McQuicker and the Rescue
, Slicker
McQuicker and the Eagle
, Slicker
McQuicker and the Mermaid
, Slicker
McQuicker and the Hike
(There are
about 50 that have been written and will be published. The next Slicker will be
Slicker McQuicker and the Swing.)
Children’s books that are not Slicker
related:
Mickie the Mermaid will be out soon.
Cindy the Cow will be out by the end of October.
Jargin McFargin will be out before Christmas.
We are also
in the process of creating a toy line for the Slicker McQuickers. Slicker
character will be out before Christmas and the other characters from the books
will follow shortly.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
In high school
I won a prize for writing for the veterans. I guess that was the point that I
began to feel like a writer.
Do you write full-time?
Yes
What’s your work day like?
I start
writing at 11am, take a dinner break around 5pm and resume writing after dinner
until about 7pm. Some days I find myself working longer and later while other
days I take off.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I don’t like
to use the same words often so I use a thesaurus, a rhyming book, and a
dictionary.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
A rancher and
a politician.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
My older
brother and my parents were both into poetry. They were a big influence on me. When
I was in the first grade my older brother introduced me to the works of Robert
W Service and Rudyard Kipling. My father and I would walk down the street
quoting “Thanatopsis”. I still to this day quote the poems that my parents and
I shared while I was very young. At about 4 years I was already reciting poetry
by Robert Lewis Stevenson. When I was in first grade I always carried a poetry
book in my back pocket. It was by Robert W. Service and was called “The Spell
of the Yukon”. When I was in the fifth grade, the teacher read “The Cremation
of Sam McGee” and I was so enthralled by it that I went to the library, learned
it and still to this day recite it word for word.
I still have
the same poetry book that I kept in my back pocket from my childhood.
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Thanks for being here today!


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