Not only is it my most recent book, it is my first book. The story is that of a modern day family where both parents work and take their children to pre-school. Rebeca is the main character who like most 5 year olds, is very inquisitive and wants to know why she and her sister can’t stay home and play with Mommy and Daddy all day. As the family gets everyone out of the house and off to work and school, Rebeca learns why her parents must leave each day and why she and her sister must go to school.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a working mother and wife who like most, is just trying to balance it all while hoping to still keep some semblance of self-identity; not Jennifer the mom, Jennifer the wife, or Jennifer the career woman…just Jennifer. It’s definitely a work in progress!
Having been raised in the Midwest, corporate relocation resulted in us being transplanted to New Jersey where my husband, Ignacio, and I are raising our two daughters.
What is something about you that is a little different?
I suppose something people find interesting about us is that my husband and I met while I was studying in Madrid, Spain, where he was born and raised. Since we believe it is important for our girls to be able to communicate with their family overseas, we only speak to them in Spanish. They are surrounded by English everywhere else. I won’t say it’s always easy, but it’s our life.
What inspired you to write this book?
When Rebeca began questioning why my husband and I dropped her and her baby sister off at pre-school every day and I began to think of how I would respond to her, I was reminded of my own trials and tribulations as a five-year-old starting kindergarten. I remembered my first day of school and my brand new red dress and Buster Brown shoes. It wasn’t altogether that bad. However, the tearful days that followed culminated with my mother finding me on the front porch of our house crying my eyes out. I had actually walked home from school, alone. She had dropped me off one morning at the front door but I never made it all the way to my classroom. I turned around and made my way back home, sure that I was never going to go back. Obviously, I did end up returning to kindergarten, thanks to my teacher sharing with me the story of The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, and the words, “I think I can, I think I can”. That book became my security blanket of sorts.
Remembering how helpful that book was to me at that age, I began my search for a story that would help me to answer my daughter’s questions in a simple, yet entertaining way. Shockingly, I found the children’s picture book market to be devoid of stories about families with two working parents. The rest is literary history!
How did you come up with the names for your characters?
For me, that was an easy one. Since the book is based on experiences in our lives, the names are too.
Are you working on your next book?
Yeah right…in the spare time I have left after meeting the demands of my career, raising two young girls, and getting things going on this book! LOL! Just kidding around. I do have an idea for the next book but I have not yet started writing. I know; I’m breaking the cardinal rule for writers which is to always be writing but honestly, that might really put me over the edge at this point.
What is the best advice you could give other writers?
I think the best advice really is to write what you know. There’s a reason why it’s been said over and over again…it’s true! The second piece of advice is to do your research before you start writing. If there are lots of other books out there that speak to the same issues as the one you have in mind to write, then don’t do it! Writing isn’t just about the writing; it’s a business too. Remember, they are “best-selling books,” not “best written books”.
Who would get the most benefit from reading your book?
Families with two working parents whose children are between the ages of 3 and 6 will enjoy this book the most. Along those same lines, so will caregivers of children those ages. I have had an overwhelming response from pre-schools, kindergarten classes, and daycare centers.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
The best place to learn more (and order personalized autographed copies) is www.facebook.com/jpauthor
As a matter of fact, I’d be happy to extend free shipping to anyone who contacts me directly and mentions discount code “IDEALADY”. No pressure though, seriously.
April 5th is the official release date at which point my website should be up and running at www.jenniferpereyra.tateauthor.com . On that date, you’ll also be able to learn more and find the book wherever books are sold…you know, Amazon, B&N…all the usual suspects.
I’d also be happy to answer any questions via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org