Julia Kneeland || Book & Interview
Jig Gets Lost is an adventure story about a dog named Jig. He lives in a big city and decides he wants to go exploring. One day he leaves his home and discovers the wonderful smells from the street vendors. He meets a young vendor who gives him a treat. But when he looks around to get back home, he cannot find his way.
This book can be purchased by clicking the picture. My interview with Julia will give you a better look inside where her creativity and being an author began.
What inspired you to write this book?
Julia: I wrote Jig Gets Lost for my grandchildren who were emerging readers. I wanted them to have an interesting book to read at their own level. My goal was to encourage them to enjoy reading.
What is your favorite childhood book?
Julia: The Secret Garden was my favorite childhood book. My fifth grade teacher read it aloud to us during class and I loved it!
What does literary success look like to you?
Julia: Literary success looks like hearing that my target audience enjoys reading my book. One example is that one child took my book to bed with him every night. He loved it!
Does your family support your work as a writer?
Julia: Yes, my family is quite supportive. My grandson and granddaughter have each written sequels to my Jig Get Lost book!
How do you select the names of your characters?
Julia: My main character Jig fit with my description of a little dog with short legs and tall straight ears.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Julia: Jig Gets Lost is the first in a series. I have also written Jig Goes to the Zoo and Jig Visits Pictures at an Exhibition. I did do some research for Pictures at an Exhibition that was written about an artist visiting a museum.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Julia: Yes, I do read my book reviews and fortunately I have had mostly positive feed back. And I do share my reviews on my social media pages.