Hazel Nutt is a baby who is nutty about nature, especially squirrels, whom she often has a good natter with. They tell her their secrets and her parents help her write them down to share with the world, as picture books.
Loving nature is really important to her and Hazel Nutt hopes to make sure that lots of other kids get nutty about nature as well.
She also likes to blog about her observations on life and teach other toddlers how to train their parents.
What inspires you to write?
My parents do the writing on my behalf! I just live my life giving them inspiration everyday with my natural curiosity, charm and beautiful personality.
Tell us about your writing process
I babble to my parents the outline of what I want my picture books to say and Mummy makes it into rhymes and Daddy creates the pictures.
Mummy writes the ideas down first, then makes them rhyme, then we all think about the pictures and what needs to be drawn to represent the words.
How do you think writing for children and young adults is different from writing for an adult audience?
It is easier to look ahead, than it is to think back. You have to put yourself in the shoes and mind of the children or young adults that you are writing for, which is not always that easy if that was over 20 years ago.
I’m a toddler, so I can get in the minds of my peers really easily (well my parents certainly hope that they can)!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I talk and listen to the squirrels who are the main focus of my first set of picture books! They have told me many secrets that I have made known to the public in my picture books.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
We decided to go the self publishing route, because to be honest we wouldn’t have a clue how to start going about the traditional route. I think we might have picked the harder path, as we have to do everything ourselves, but its a great learning process.
Hopefully it is a process that we can successfully repeat with other picture books and maybe some books that my parents write in their own names.
I would probably advise the self publishing way as you retain control and you can go at what speed you like.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that picture books are great in print, because I love the feel of the pages (and the option to tear them when the moment strikes), but saying that I have enjoyed looking at several picture books on my parents tablet.
I think that both have their place in the future of book publishing.
What genres do you write:: Childrens Picture Books
What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print