What Kind of a Name is That? by Shawnna D. Poor
I’m so excited to bring you this giveaway. My friend Shawnna published her first children’s picture book, “What Kind of a Name is That?”. The book is awesome, and no… not because Shawnna is my friend or she made me say it. It truly is a must read. Kids of all ages can connect with the idea of being teased. The excitement of making friends and those important life lessons we learn as children.
I asked Shawnna to give a Question & Answer about her book “What Kind of a Name is That?”
What prompted you to write “What Kind of a Name is That?”
I grew up with the last name Trout. As a girl with the name of a fish, I was an easy target. I was teased relentlessly. Now, I was the new kid and once they got to know me the teasing eased up but I do feel I have developed a great sense of humor from that experience. Now I am married to a wonderful man whose last name is Poor. I know, I didn’t win the last name game! So, I worried that our kids may be teased because of the name. I decided to write a book to help them learn how to deal with name calling while also learning to laugh at yourself.
Do you have other books in the works?
I do! I currently have one book with my publisher, it is another picture book. I am also working on a chapter book for middle graders. I have several others started but I am focusing on the chapter book.
Do your children like being the main characters of the book?
They love it. Madison was very excited and when I got the opportunity to be a guest author at their school, we were all thrilled. Canyon did ask why his sister got to be the main character and I assured him I would write a book with him as the main character (hello chapter book!).
Where do you get the ideas for the story?
I think interesting things happen to us all the time. I like to take a moment or a comment and turn that into a story. The great thing is that you get to take the story wherever you want. You are not bound by what really happened. In “What Kind of a Name is That?”, the teasing happened to me and not to my children. The part where Canyon sees Madison in front of the restrooms happened to my sister and me. I like fiction that has some elements of truth in the story. To me it makes the story more interesting and people can relate to the characters and plot.