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An Interview with Eva Zimmerman, author of Little Critters

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I have self-published a children’s book, Little Critters: Beyond the Pond, and I am a retired NYC guidance counselor.

Who/what made you want to write? Was there a particular person, or particular writers/works/art forms that influenced you?

We all have our own particular inclinations. One of mine is to write.

What inspired you to start writing this book?

Inspiration comes when I pick up a pen and begin writing. Inspiration comes when I look around, listen, remember. I tap in to inspiration by letting it roam freely.

Tell us the story of your book’s title. Was it easy to find, or did it take forever?

My book title is in flux. Still working on it.

Describe your dream book cover.

The story details creatures a boy meets as he climbs up a tree.

He meets a snail, ladybugs, birds, caterpillars, etc. A cover would depict a variety of these.

What other professions have you worked in? What’s something about you that your readers wouldn’t know?

I have written hundreds of children’s poems.

What books did you read (for research or comfort) throughout your writing process?

I write from my imagination. I read memoirs. None of these provide me with ideas for new children’s stories or poems.

What is one thing you hope readers take away from reading your book? How do you envision your perfect reader?

Little Critters: Beyond the Pond consists of five poems. Each tells a story from the point of view of a snail, a bird, a fish, a butterfly, an ant. Each story conveys a message. My next book has no message. It is simply fun and imaginative. I want children to tap into their own imagination, relate to the main character and be entertained.

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