Friday, May 1, 2009

Presenting Kevin McNamee

Kevin McNamee is a writer and poet living in Yonkers, New York. He primarily writes for the children’s market. His work has appeared in Beyond Centauri, and he has several children’s picture books being published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

His first book, The Sister Exchange is due to be released in 2009. He is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

When Kevin isn’t writing, he spends his time playing hide and seek, at the insistence of his four-year-old daughter, and at his day job, at the insistence of his wife.

When time permits, Kevin also enjoys fossil hunting, home-brewing beer, and gardening.

He is currently engaged in an epic battle against roving gangs of crazed squirrels who are digging up everything in sight. Kevin notes that the squirrels are winning.

To find out more about Kevin, visit his website or visit his blog.

Now, Kevin answers a few questions:

Is there a place where readers can reach you?

Readers can always email me from my website or blog. I’d love to hear from them.

Will you list all your upcoming book titles so people can look for them once they are released?

Sure, my titles are as follows:

Title Genre Publication Date
The Sister Exchange Picture Book Early 2009
The Soggy Town of Hilltop Picture Book To be determined
Lightning Strikes Picture/Counting Book To be determined
What Is That Thing? Picture Book To be determined


For new readers—what can they expect when they read your books?

I try to entertain, and whenever possible educate. I also try to incorporate humor into my work whenever possible. My goal is to write for everybody and to create stories that adults as well as children can enjoy.

Finally, what would you like readers to know about you and your writing?

I think that writing for children carries a lot of responsibility and it’s a challenge that I try to rise to. The world can be a confusing enough place as it is for adults, how much more so for children? If I can help children understand the world around them and help them make sense of various situations that effect them, that would be the most rewarding thing of all, for it would be something that they could carry with them long after they have put down my book.

Thank you, Kevin, for visiting with us today. Tuesday, I'll post some more of your interview.



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6 comments:

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

That's so interesting, fossil hunting. My 3-year-old grandson would be thrilled. Have you unearthed anything of interest?

I agree with you that writing for children carries a certain responsibility. Children are sooooo impressionable.

Karen

Donna M. McDine said...

LOL...your battle against the squirrels. I can unfortunately relate, we had a mole problem a few years back and had to very careful walking on the lawn. Best of luck!

Regards,
Donna

Kevin McNamee said...

Hi Karen

I haven't found anything that will change the science books, but finding any fossil is pretty interesting to me. I have a fairly large collection of fossilized sea critters. But I would love to go on a dinosaur dig one day.

Hi Donna

I haven't had any problems with moles, but I just planted two weeks ago for the season, so the battle with the squirrels begins anew :-)

Thanks for your comments.

Kevin

Liana said...

Great, Kevin. Happy to get to know you and your work.

Vivian, good work!
Cheers,
Liana

Dorothy Massey said...

As a fellow children's writer, I so enjoyed reading your interview with Kevin, Vivian. It was fun and inspiring. Thanks! Dorothy ww.kidsbooksuk.blogspot.com

Crystalee said...

"If I can help children understand the world around them and help them make sense of various situations that effect them, that would be the most rewarding thing of all, for it would be something that they could carry with them long after they have put down my book."

These words are so true, and they're one of the reasons why I love writing for children so much.