Author Chat with Sharon Creech (Saving Winslow), Plus Giveaway!
Today we're excited to chat with Sharon Creech, author of Saving Winslow.
Read on for more about Sharon and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Sharon Creech!
Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal Winner Walk Two Moons, the Newbery Honor Winner The Wanderer, and the Carnegie Medal winner Ruby Holler. Her other works include Moo, The Boy on the Porch, The Great Unexpected, The Unfinished Angel, Hate That Cat, The Castle Corona, Replay, Heartbeat, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Love that Dog, Bloomability, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost, as well as three picture books, A Fine, Fine School, Fishing in the Air, and Who’s That Baby? Sharon Creech and her husband live in Camden, Maine. You can visit her online at www.sharoncreech.com [sharoncreech.com].
Meet Saving Winslow!
Perfect for fans of Charlotte’s Web and The One and Only Ivan, Saving Winslow is an uplifting modern classic in the making about a young boy who befriends an ailing newborn donkey and nurses him back to health, from New York Times bestseller and Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech.
Louie doesn't have the best luck when it comes to nurturing small creatures. So when his father brings home a sickly newborn mini donkey, he's determined to save him. He names him Winslow. Taking care of him helps Louie feel closer to his brother, Gus, who is far, far away in the army.
Everyone worries that Winslow won't survive, especially Louie’s quirky new friend, Nora, who has experienced loss of her own. But as Louie's bond with Winslow grows, surprising and life-altering events prove that this fragile donkey is stronger than anyone could have imagined.
Written in the spirit of Creech favorites Moo and Love That Dog, this standout tale about love and friendship and letting go will tug at the heartstrings.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I was inspired by my grandchildren’s rescue of orphaned lambs: an intriguing combination of dedication, vulnerability, sweetness, humor, fear. Instead of a lamb, though, I chose a mini-donkey.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Louie. But then, also Winslow. But then, also Nora. Hard to choose!
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The title and the vague idea of the story (a child rescuing an orphaned animal) arrived simultaneously. I like it when the title arrives early on, as it helps to inspire, direct and contain the story.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
This is a hard question to answer because I very much wanted to convey the story through a series of succinct scenes, each complete in itself, and I worked to pare each chapter down to its essentials. It’s not so much pride that I feel about any one part—so much as appreciation for the way they all scenes work individually and together.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now ?
The most important thing I’ve learned is to trust my own instincts and get out of the way of the story—to not over think or over plan it—to let the story emerge naturally.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the bright colors and the simplicity and the way those reflect the tone of the book.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2019?
I don’t yet know of any books to be released in 2019, but I trust that there will be many great ones for me to discover!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m working on a novel whose characters intrigue me, but they are being stubborn and unpredictable, and it is hard to say what this book is about! Still, I expect to finish it in 2019, for publication in 2020.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
In the beginning, drafting is more exciting, but after completing a first draft, revising becomes more enjoyable. The framework is there and revising is the time to enhance that frame.
YABC: Is there anything that you would like to add?
Thank you for the time to connect with readers!
By: Sharon Creech
Publisher: Harpercollins Books
Release Date: September 11th, 2018
Three winners will each receive a copy of Saving Winslow (Sharon Creech) ~ (US only)
I love Sharon Creech's work with The Wanderer as one of my favorites. I look forward to reading this novel. Cover is cute.