A tiny frog named Teeny falls in love with a little girl frog but she won’t give him the time of day. He gives her a water lily and whistles a tune. He gives her a bug and dances for her, and still, she ignores him. Suddenly, a large toad pops up out of the ground and gives him advice. Will it help?
A tiny frog serenades his love with Mariachi music.
I usually write in the mornings and proofread in the evenings. Then, I rest on weekends. This helps to clear my mind.
As a child, I looked forward to my grandfather's visits. At night, under a full moon, we sat on the front porch and listened to stories about his childhood. Afterwards, he followed up with ghost stories that sometimes kept us awake at night. But we were always ready for more. This experience contributed to my love of reading and writing. At age 10, I knew how to read in English and Spanish.While working as an Editorial Assistant, I received monetary awards and was selected as "Civilian of the Year." I love to write. Once my husband and I come up with a story idea, we discuss it and I start writing. He then edits the story and adds the humor. I could not do it without him.
I am currently working on a series of stories about three unique characters that travel around the universe looking for adventure and fun. The characters have already been developed into plush dolls with patent and trademark protection. The dolls, called LUV-BEAMS, received Preferred Choice and Seal of Excellence awards by Creative Child Magazine and TDMonthly Magazine featured them as “winning toys.” The dolls have appeared at toy expos and made newspaper and television headlines. My goal is to license the dolls with their stories. Check them out at http://luv-beams.com/.
Since frogs usually sing to win the heart of a female frog, I decided to write about a romantic frog who wins the heart of his love in a different way. He dresses up as a Mariachi and shows up with his friend, a toad, who plays the guitar while the frog belts out a song. And it works. At the end of the story, I provide a brief history about Mariachi music.
I love to write for children. My main goal is to teach with humor.
Research was only done on Mariachi music.
Some may think that it's easy to write for children but it's not. When I first started writing, I had to place myself in the mind of a child as far as how they think, the language to use, and the length of the story according to the age of the child. Once I accomplished this, I moved on to stories for older children and teens.
Since this is my 30th published picture book, I found it easy to write.
I frequently attend book fairs and read at schools and libraries. The most rewarding part is seeing the faces of children as I read the books. I see smiles on their faces and if the book is bilingual (English/Spanish), there is excitement because the children are relating to the story in their language.
If you like to write, that's the best part. I only wish I had started writing earlier. It's never too late to write. Write what you know and take classes to master the skill.
As an Editorial Assistant, I prepared and edited guides and regulations that had to go before a board for publication. It was during this time that the "writing bug" hit me and I began to write my stories.
I never plan. If something unique comes to mind, I'm ready to start the story.
The dialogue is usually brief and suited for the targeted age of the child.
Children always influence my writing. And, if they are bilingual, I write for them.
Since I have taken numerous writing classes and have quite a few award-winning books, I consider myself proficient in writing.
I only work with an editor to clarify issues on lengthy stories.
Definitely, my grandfather and his "story-telling" influenced my writing. When he told stories, he acted out the scenes and changed his voice to match each character. We all listened intently and sometimes laughed until our faces turned red. This is the greatest gift he gave me.
There are so many resources to market books. Some are expensive. Tips include book fairs, libraries, schools, flea markets, etc. Make sure that you have a great illustrations so that your book will attract attention and sell.
I have been traditionally published 12 times. This book is self-published.
If you have a story that has the potential for continuing adventures, go for it.
It depends on the reader's age.
Currently looking for reviewers for my books.
Read a lot. It improves your grammar and helps you do good in school. This will follow you into adulthood.
To Kill a Mockingbird (high school assignment & film)
Book trailers are good but sometimes hard to find on the internet.
An adult novel and a memoir.
Write what you know. Don't give up.
Mary Esparza-Vela and her husband, A. M. Vela, are award-winning authors who have published 30 picture books and 12 short stories. Three of Mary’s short stories received Honorable Mention from Writers Digest and 13 picture books received Book of the Year and Family Choice awards, in addition to Five Star Seals from Readers Favorite. Mary’s short story, Visiting Angel, was recently picked up by Chicken Soup for the Soul. The book will be available in book stories on November 1, 2016.
Due to a demand for Spanish-language books, Mary and her husband have started writing and publishing bilingual and Spanish books. The books
are entertaining and deal with subjects like bullying, lost teeth, crossed eyes, acceptance, fears, patience, disabilities, overeating, responsibility, teasing, faith, imagination, respect, cleanliness, pets, etc.
You are welcome to see the books at www.readingforfun.net.