Bev Stone is the first indie author to win two spots on The Gittle List. She is also the first to get four Gittle List awards, and to win the #1 spot twice. Bev won the #5 spot this year for Rumbly Grumbly and the #1 spot for Snowpuppies and the Snowdeer. Read my review here. In this exclusive interview, Bev shares reveals her favorite character in the Snowpuppies series.
How did it feel to win a spot on The Gittle List? I watched every day form the tantalizingly first announcement. When I saw that Rumbly Grumbly was number five on the Gittle List, I was super excited. It’s always nice to know that someone out there who has no connection to you, likes your work. I had no expectations after that so when I finally saw number one, I screamed! Yep, I was by myself but I actually screamed. I was so excited! Snowpuppies and the Snowdeer is my “baby” so it’s gratifying to know that it’s appreciated. I have to add that Aviva Gittle’s reviews are always so beautifully written that receiving them is a gift.
Why did you decide to self-publish? Let me just say that I’m definitely open to traditional publishing but after doing some research, I found that most of the publishing houses are closed to unsolicited submissions, so I decided to check out self publishers. I did, and aside form marketing issues, it’s been a great experience. I’m about to publish my 8th children’s book with many more to come.
Do you prefer to work digitally, by hand, or both? I work by hand, watercolor on paper. I’ve been painting for many years in both oil and watercolor but when I decided to illustrate I thought watercolor would be a good fit. I have to confess, I know very little about illustrating digitally so I stuck to what I was familiar with. I have to say that it’s really been a joy for me to illustrate my stories. I hope when you read them you can tell how much fun I’m having.
Tell us about your latest project. I have several books that I’m currently illustrating. Although I do write stories that don’t rhyme, these will be rhyming. I just can’t help it; I love to rhyme! :0) I can tell you that my next book features a big bug and I’m already working on the next Snowpuppy series. It’ll be a fun one which will introduce some interesting new characters and exciting adventures. When I was at a recent book signing, several people came up to me and said “snowpuppies would make a great kids movie!” ;0)
What do you do to market your books? Hmmm, marketing! Now that does not come easily! That’s definitely a drawback to self publishing. The one thing I’ve done that has really helped, is entering The Gittle List contest. It’s really the only contest that I’ve entered so far and its online presence, plus the advice that Aviva Gittle has given, has really helped. I recently started a non profit for kids, supported by the money I make from book sales, so I’m more motivated than ever to try and learn more about marketing my books.
Who is your favorite character in the books you’ve written? I think I’d have to say that so far my favorite character in one of my books is, Poe, the snowman in ‘Snowpuppies.’ Poe, along with Wind, watches over them all. He ‘speaks’ by signing and has a little squirrel who accompanies him wherever he goes. He’s a kind and loving snowman. You’ll hear more about him in future books, along with some other characters who may compete with him for my favorite. 🙂
Bev was introduced to art at an early age and that introduction started her on a journey to experience many different art mediums throughout the years. “I can’t remember when art wasn’t a part of my life. In 2013, Bev decided to combine her love of art with her love of writing and started illustrating some of her many children’s stories. She just published her 7th book with an 8th due out this Spring.