Interviewing Author Deb Hockenberry
Q1. Tell me about yourself?
A. Hi! I’m Deb Hockenberry and I’ve been interested in and telling children’s stories since I was a kid. I come from a large family and live in Central Pennsylvania where I share an apartment with my cat, Harry. I love to write, of course. Besides that, I love to read, music, and crochet. I’m currently trying to learn to draw. Wish me luck on that!
Q2.What are your favorite books to read?
A. I really don’t have a favorite genre. I’m all over the map when it comes to reading! Of course, I like to read picture books. I also like all ages of children’s books as well as adult’s books. I’ve even been known to read biographies and reference books!
Q3. When did you decide you were going to write a book?
A. I knew that I wanted to be an author in the 1950s, when I was a child. I took a course in the 1990s to learn to do this properly, and in 2017 I published my debut book, ‘Where Can We Have The Party?’
Q4. How did you come up with the name of your book?
A. Kids want something catchy. So, I really thought hard about this. I learned from the course I took that it should pose a question without giving the end away. The title took a lot of thought on my part.
Q5. What are you working on for 2021
A. I’m working on several things right now. Of course, I have another Hungle Bungle Jungle book in the works with Giraffe and the gang. I have a few other works-in-progress too.
Q6. How long have you been writing?
A. I’ve been telling stories and wanting to write since I was a child. I’ve been actively writing on and off since then, too.
Q7.What advice would you give other authors?
A. Have you ever hear the old cliché’, Never give up? It’s true. Don’t. Also, I have to say that you should join a critique group. You get great advice on improving your story! Also, when you have you book written, hire a professional editor. He or she will find errors that you’ve missed!
8. Where can people find you online?
‘Where Can We Have The Party?’ page: https://www.facebook.com/WhereCanWeHaveTheParty
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5-8uXYO03Vp32qIITp_KyQ
Q9. What is your favorite coffee drink?
A. I don’t like coffee so we’ll have to go with tea. I recently tried a flavor of tea that I really fell in love with. It’s called Chai Latte. I really look forward to my morning cup of Chai Latte!
Q10. What is your favorite coffee shop?
A. I don’t think my area has a coffee shop so I’ll have to say my kitchen is my favorite coffee shop.
Q11. Do you plan on making a new book in the future?
A. Oh, sure. Be on the lookout for my next masterpiece!
Q12. How many books have you written?
A. So far, ‘Where Can We Have The Party?’ is my only book.
Q13. Did you go to college to be a writer?
A. Not a brick and mortar one. I did attend The Institute of Children’s Literature in the 1990s. This is where I learned how to write a story properly. It’s a comprehensive online course, now. When I took the course, it was a correspondence course. I did earn college points from taking the course!
I also am taking the ongoing and online children’s writing course from the Children’s Book Institute. This is to help me keep up with the ever-changing world of children’s literature!
Deb Hockenberry, Children's Author
Where Can We Have The Party?
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