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Though she has been #TeamNat for a while now, I’d like to welcome Amber Hendricks. One of my first clients, Amber is just as much my cheerleader as I am her’s. Hard to believe it has been over half a year since she came on board, but just you wait. Good things are coming!

 

Tell us a bit about your writing process. Where do you write, and how often?

I would love to say that I am a plotter, but I am a complete pantser! Often my ideas start as a title or a first line that pops into my head, and I discover the story as I write. Admittedly, this means I revise a lot!

I don’t adhere to the advice that a writer must write every day. I like to let my ideas tumble around my mind until I can no longer contain them and have to write! Since I don’t have a designated office space, most of my stories are written standing at my laptop, which sits on my fireplace mantle.

 

What do you love about writing picture books?

I think there is something magical about introducing a child to the love of reading.

 

What is the hardest part about writing picture books?

I think the hardest part about writing picture books is finding the perfect words. As a picture book writer, we are often tasked to tell a vibrant and engaging story in 500 words or less and it’s like a puzzle, shifting and rearranging/replacing words until you find the perfect fit.

  

Do you belong to any writing organizations?

SCBWI

 

Where can readers find you on the web and social media?

You can find me on Twitter. @ashayhen

 

If money were no object, what would be your dream writing location?

Ireland.

 

What’s your favorite quote about reading or writing?

“But when people ask, ‘Did you always want to be a writer?’ I have to say no! I always was a writer.” –Ursula Le Guin

 

What’s your favorite piece of writing advice you’ve received?

Never be afraid. Remember what Julia Child said: Freshness makes all the difference.

  

What excites you most about joining the BookEnds family?

I love Natascha’s energy and passion! I am so pleased to be a part of her team.

 

What advice would you give to other authors in the query trenches?

Never give up! Be persistent and above all, believe in yourself.

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