Interview with author Alyce Joy Rininger

Welcome All:

If you leave a comment, I will put your name in the hat for the drawing of a free hard copy of Alyce Joy Rininger’s book, KA-BOOM!

HI ALYCE JOY,

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US TODAY, CONTINUING YOUR CYBER JOURNEY WITH THE WORLD OF INK. EVERYONE WHO HAS READ ABOUT THE ADVENTURES OF YOUR FAIRY, SPROUT, AND TAYLOR, THE LITTLE GIRS SHE BEFRIENDS, HAVE THOUGHT IT SOUNDS LIKE LOTS OF FUN.

NOW, SHARE WITH US HOW YOU BECAME A WRITER AND ANY WRITING QUIRKS YOU HAVE.

I made up verses for my little ones, while getting them ready for bed. At the time, they were two and three years old. They were so adorable trying to memorize them and pronouncing the words was just too cute. We thought we were having fun, but actually, it was the beginning of something not to be known, until many years later.

Eventually, I wrote the verses down on paper. In 1975, my husband, Arland, had them made into a booklet. He also had them printed on sheets of pastel colored paper. Soon I was making plaques out of scrap wood I had burned. The verses on colored paper were soaked in warm tea water and burned around the edges, then glued to the burned plaques and varnished. I sold them in my husband’s booths at the Sportsman Shows. The women liked coming into our booths.

 When my children turned into my grandchildren, I began writing them stories. That is when I seemed to be guided into writing books by my family and friends. After burning life-sized pictures of wildlife onto all the doors of my home, I decided to put away my burning tools and get serious about writing. I took a course by mail, at the Institute of Children’s Literature, to learn how to properly put my thoughts on paper.

Yes, I have writing quirks. Number one, when I’m making notes to myself, I switch from writing to printing, back to writing, then printing etc, etc. I don’t know why I do that. Another quirk is, sometimes when I’m writing, my mind starts working too fast and it gets boggled. I will stop and work on a Sudoku puzzle for a while. It works.

I’m into quirky words and names for my stories. The kids seem to perk up when they are learning something silly, weird or different. A lot of my quirkiness comes straight from the dictionary. One last quirk for now…my pens are always disappearing from every phone on the main floor of this house. I accused my husband of taking them, until I kept finding them in my office. No, I never accuse him anymore, since I pretty much know where I’ll find them.

HERE IS A QUICK REVIEW OF ALYCE JOY’S BOOK, WHICH I RECENTLY REVIEWED ON THIS BLOG. 

KA-BOOM! is about a little fairy named Sprout who runs into trouble quite often. This little fairy is in the service of her queen, the beloved Splaminda Herminda, who rules Spritesville. The queen sends Sprout to different places to do whatever job needs done. Sprout meets a little girl named Taylor after blowing up Taylor’s dollhouse. Sprout doesn’t give up trying to get Taylor to trust her. She and Taylor finally become friends after Sprout shrinks Taylor and together they have a fantastic adventure. Taylor never thought she would be talking to Sir Leapsalot, let alone ride on his back and hopping lily pads. The message? Never give up.

ALYCE JOY, IT HAS BEEN FUN LEARNING ABOUT YOU AND YOUR QUIRKY WAYS. YOU JUST REMINDED ME THAT I DID WOOD BURNING WHEN I WAS A KID, BUT I WAS NOT AS MUCH INTO IT AS YOU WERE. THANKS AGAIN FOR BEING ON STORIES A LA MODE.

HI READERS—DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR NAME AND EMAIL FOR ME TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE WINNER OF KA-BOOM!

KA-BOOM! is published by Halo Publishing International. Here is the link where you will find Alyce Joy Rininger’s page with the buy link to KA-BOOM!

http://www.halopublishing.com/bookstore/Alyce-Joy-Rininger

Review of Alyce Joy Rininger’s KA-BOOM

Alyce Joy Rininger’s book, KA-BOOM, published by Halo Publishing International, is touring this month with the World of Ink, sponsored by V. S. Grenier. The illustrator, Diane Lucas, shows us a fantasy world any child would itch to get into, with a fairy, cute and funny animals, and a passenger butterfly.

Starting off with a bang, KA-BOOM, opens with the fairy, Sprout, blasting Taylor’s dollhouse to smithereens. Taylor grabs a flyswatter, but she’s determined to be brave. Though Taylor is distrustful of the fairy, they gradually become friends, and Sprout shrinks Taylor down to fairy size so they can go on adventures.

Sprout performs her magic tricks by touching her left wing to her right foot (or is it the right wing to the left foot?) Anyway, she gets the job done in a flurry of noise, light, and smoke.

 

Sprout can’t remember all that she’s supposed to do for Fairy Queen Splaminda Herminda of Spritesville, but she takes on the challenge. It has something to do with helping Taylor develop more compassion, be less suspicious, and believe in unbelievable discoveries.

 

Together the two teensy girls fly out of the house on a blue butterfly because one of Taylor’s wishes is to visit with a chipmunk and hop around on lily pads in the pond. While Taylor and Sprout go about seeking fun activities, danger surrounds them. For one thing, a couple of bad boys, Loozer and Doozer, the Brattz brothers, like to trample little critters. And for another, the Fish Hawk likes to swoop down to the pond and eat anything he can grasp in his talons. Taylor has to watch out for him when she’s riding on the back of Sir Leapsalot, the bullfrog.

But Taylor and Sprout also meet up with some charming characters who are friendly. Snilly Snail is the one who warns them about the Brattz brothers. And Miss Chipsie, the chipmunk, serves them her sassafras tea in pignut shells.

One of the humorous things is that Miss Chipsie’s blueberry bowl is actually Taylor’s missing tea cup from her tea set. But Taylor is becoming very generous, and she urges Miss Chipsie to keep the bowl (tea cup).

Sprout, with help from her friends, keeps Taylor safe through all their adventures and brings her back home where she adjusts her size back to normal. Sprout is sure the fairy Queen will be pleased with the way she handled Taylor.

Sprout wears a golden disk on a chain around her neck that tells something about what she’s doing or feeling. When she first arrives, she’s ZONKED.  The she runs the gamut from  HOPEFUL, DANGER, RELAX,  SPROUT CLOUTS (when she bested the fish hawk), PRIDE, and all the way back to KA-BOOM!

Lots of humor comes out in Sprout’s vocabulary. She loves to spout fancy words, and if there isn’t one, she makes one up. Here is a list of some of the words that the reader will find at the end of the book:

●Bedraggled……………………… limp, soiled and frayed.

• Bippityhooed………………….. one of Sprout’s words….loud, silly laughter.

• Camouflaged………………….. designed to look like natural surroundings.

• Cumbersome……………..….. difficult to manage because of bulk or shape.

• Discombobulated…………….. thrown into a state of confusion.

• Endeavored……………………. made a serious effort…struggled.

Follow Alyce Joy at: Website http://alycejoy.com

KA-BOOM is available at:  Publisher http://www.halopublishing.com/bookstore/Ka-Boom

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I was provided with a review copy of the book for providing an honest review.

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