Sophie Kate Evans – Pigs in Popcorn

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Pigs in Popcorn is the title and I self published this children’s book in Oct 2009. This has been illustrated by George Aldridge who is a wonderful artist.

Pigs in Popcorn is a rhyming book about 7 pigs who go to a fair and eat coloured popcorn and transform into amazing colourful pigs. Children learn numbers and colours very quickly by reading this and i have had some fantastic feedback from buyers whose children just love it.

Tell us something about yourself.

I am originally from Cummins in South Australia and came from a farming family. I have been a mother at home for 10 years as well as studying to become an enrolled nurse. I started writing children’s books back in 2005 when my youngest of 3 children was 1 years old. I had always written poetry and had one published so decided to entertain my own children with their very own books that nobody else had, they were sooooo excited. Then I got into publishing and now I can’t stop.

What inspired you to write this book?

While playing with my 3 year old we coloured in some bits of paper, screwed them up and made something that looked like coloured popcorn, from this we put it into little containers also made from paper and put them in the dolls house for the dolls lunch, my daughter had some little china pigs which she then put into the popcorn, I had a brainwave.

How did you choose the title?

The title Pigs in popcorn was chosen from the above inspiration, then the words flowed.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

It all happened quite quickly after reading a few books about self publishing and searching the big wide web. There weren’t any obstacles as such just a lot of searching for questions that built up along the way. I feel it was one of those ‘meant to be moments’.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

Once the book ideas kept flooding in from my children and they were excited about their Mum becoming famous i just kept writing.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I make sure I have a pen and paper on hand at all times because inspiration is all around. I write wherever i am.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

I just made them rhyme with the colour.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

I have learnt just how important books are for children.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

Absolutely nothing.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I’m a real fan of Mem Fox and love reading her books to my children, they get so much joy from them.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

Yes, it is written and I am waiting for my illustrator to send it back to me. All I can say about it is that i am very excited about it.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Just relax about it and don’t get stressed, all the information you need is out there.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Children learning to read and parents with children who are 6 months old to 3 or 4 years old. My eldest daughter is 10 years old and she thinks its too babyish for her.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

I can be emailed on ssk.evans@bigpond.com.au for more information.