My Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing is a global blog tour, started in Australia, to showcase authors and illustrators and their current work.  I was tagged by the talented Cynthia Cotten. Thanks Cyndy! And I should also give a nod to another talented friend, Mary Cronk Farrell, because she tried to tag me earlier this year and I was too swamped to participate.

So now I’ll answer some questions about my newest book, then pass the Q&A along to two others who’ll pick up the tour next week.

1) What is your next big thing?
That would be my newest book Sorting through Spring.

“Sorting through Spring,” by Lizann Flatt and Ashley Barron

2) Where did the idea for the book come from?
My kids would complain that doing math patterning problems seemed to have no purpose. It made me think what if…? What if you could see animals and nature making patterns and sorting all around you?

3) In what genre does your book fall?
It’s a nonfiction picture book.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Well, since there are only animals in the book, I’d hope Disney’s Pixar would make the movie. I can see them having fun with the schools of smelt and the mosquitoes. Think this or this.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
If animals and nature knew numbers like you, can you imagine the sorting and patterning they’d do?

6) Who published your book?
OwlKids Books. Find them here: http://www.owlkidsbooks.com/

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
It took about a month, but before that it took a lot of time to decide the content and focus of the series. I’d say nearly a year till the four-book format was set. (Sorting through Spring is book two in the series– Counting on Fall is the first, Sizing up Winter will be the third, and Shaping up Summer will be the fourth.)

8) What other books would you compare this book to within your genre?
It deals with some of the same ideas as Math for All Seasons. These books, in a running story format, go into deeper detail about math concepts that are in my book:  The Great Graph Contest, A Very Improbable Story.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
It sounds cliche, but Nature fascinates and inspires me all the time. Math was never my favourite subject. Put one with the other and hopefully it results in some fun with both math and nature.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
The art is gorgeous and invites you to touch the page. I think with the different spring nature phenomena and some rhythmic or rhyming language it’s a less serious way to talk about math, plus you can use the book with young children as a segue into more math, language, or science.

Now I get to tag a couple other lucky people. Hope you’ll drop in next Thursday, April 25th to these blogs for their next Next Big Thing:

Rachel Eugster

Peggy Collins

You won’t be disappointed!

And thank you for stopping in here to help me celebrate my “Next Big Thing.”

© Lizann Flatt, www.lizannflatt.com
No part of this blog may be used without written permission from the author.

Tag…with Books. I’m Game!

Fiona at Books and ’Rocks has tagged me for the book meme. Here are the rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences, so if my math is correct that’d be sentences six, seven and eight.
5. Tag five people and post a comment to the blogger who tagged you (so in my case it’s Fiona and if I tagged you then you post here to my blog).

Here goes.

Nearest Book
The Law of Three, by Caroline Rennie Pattison, Dundurn Press, 2007

Page 123, Sentences Six, Seven, Eight

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“Yes, you do. How many times have you vandalized their house, Nathan?”

So go investigate that terrific newly released Sarah Martin mystery. It’s a great read.

And now I tag these bloggers:

Patricia Storms of BookLust
Alma Fullerton of Procrastination Purposes
Rebecca of Rebecca’s Writing Journey
Janie Bynum of Sketchy Words
Katie Davis of Brain Burps

And as I’m writing this, turns out Rebecca tagged me too. So double the tag from her and back again…does that mean anything? Extra brownie points for both of us??? And now Alma’s been double tagged too…tag is rampant today!

© Lizann Flatt, www.lizannflatt.com
No part of this blog may be used without written permission from the author.

Tag, I’m It! Oh no!

Thanks to Rebecca for tagging me. I had no clue what this was until now. But I’m having fun reading blogs I’ve never read before. So now that I’m IT (ooh, don’t I wish that actually made me as Fly as it sounds!!) I’m supposed to write five random things about myself. Hmmmm… here goes:

1. I absolutely love barbecue Fritos corn chips But don’t even bother looking at that annoying nutritional analysis thing. It’s just depressing.

2. I confess to liking The Bratz music CDs, especially “Forever Diamonds”. But don’t get me started about the rest of their merchandise.

3. I have not read a novel written for adults in over two years. There are too many good YA and MG novels waiting for me to read them.

4. I am terrified of writing a first draft. I will avoid a first draft for as long as possible. I am so in love with the story in my head that fear of the drek that will appear once I write it down keeps me performing mental gymnastics to trick myself into writing.

5. Once I stop the madness and get some semblance of drek down, once I have a first draft done, I actually like revising.

And now I get to tag up to five other bloggers by naming them here and by leaving a comment on their blog to tell them they’re tagged. Um, well, I don’t know five others…or at least not well enough to tag. But here are three terrific ladies who also blog and also write, and since I know them a little may they forgive me if this annoys them (:>). I’m going to tag Fiona Bayrock, Mary Bowman-Kruhm, and Deborah Jackson. Enjoy!

© Lizann Flatt, www.lizannflatt.com
No part of this blog may be used without written permission from the author.