Interview with children’s author Peta Lemon

My special
guest today is Peta Lemon. We’re chatting about her children’s picture book, The
Fed-up Cow

Peta Lemon is the author of beautifully illustrated children’s picture books, published under the imprint Quirky Picture Press.

Her books are always funny, written in rhyme and illustrated by Maria Dasic Todoric. 

Welcome, Peta. Please tell us about your
current release.
The Fed-up Cow is a funny picture book, written in
rhyme, and aimed at children aged 2-5 years. It is vibrantly illustrated and is
about a cow who is fed-up with being a cow. Surely, it’s better to be a
glamorous sheep, which get haircuts? Or a pig which has a lovely curly tail and
gets to eat all day. Or even a chicken – with their sumptuous feathers and
ability to sit on eggs.
So, the
fed-up cow decides to become a sheep, a pig and finally a chicken before
learning an important lesson: be happy with who you are.
What inspired you to write this book?
I walked past
a field with a cow in it that looked really fed-up and was looking at a sheep
in an adjacent field. I wondered if the cow was looking enviously at the sheep
and wishing she could be one. The idea amused me and I turned it into a story.
My favourite
page is when the cow has a light-bulb moment when she decides to become a
it!” she cried “that’s what I should be!
Being a
hen is perfect for me.
feathers are simply sumptuous to touch.
sitting on eggs? I want that so much!”
What exciting story are you working on
I’m in the
final stages of my next story – Timmy on
the Toilet
. It is about a boy who saves a fairy on the way to school and is
granted a wish that will come true straight away. The boy is so excited but
can’t choose what to wish for. He is then caught unaware when he accidentally
wishes he could fly when sitting on the toilet at school. There is a little
twist at the end – the pictures are done by the same illustrator as the Fed-up
Cow and are hilarious.
When did you first consider yourself a
I’ve always
written stories – ever since I could write at aged 4. This is the first book
I’ve published.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I work 4 days
a week and have 3 very young children so only write during those rare quiet
moments, or after 9pm when everyone is asleep.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
My stories
all rhyme, are all funny and very original and quirky. I’ve therefore published
under the imprint Quirky Picture Press.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
Annie (the
orphan with red hair), then a witch, then an architect. I didn’t end up being
any of these!
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I’m very
happy to free copies in the UK to anyone that wants a signed copy.
Thank you.

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