How can anyone get sucked up and into a gumball machine? Impossible? Not if you find a magic gumball machine! Life in the Gumball Machine is a chapter book for new readers (ages 7-12). It’s a story of great fun and adventure when three friends, Daisy, Patrick, and Michael, find an abandoned gumball machine – a big one, almost as tall as they are – hidden in an old shed. After simply touching it, they magically shrink in size, and a strong force of freezing wind sucks them up the swirling tunnel and into the gumball machine. They land in a world with purple grass, a pink sky, and gumball trees. The latch is locked, and there is no escape! When they start searching for another way out, they encounter a variety of gumball people, each one a different color from the next. Their new gumball friends take the children on the adventure of a lifetime – including a slide that takes them down Pudding Hill!
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
It’s challenging to write stories for children because, not only are you writing for the child, but you are writing for the parents as well. First and foremost, I want to entertain the child. I want them to dream big, have fun and laugh. At the same time, I want to reassure parents that the book their child is reading will teach and inspire them. Parents want only the best things for their kids, and as a writer in this genre, I want to help them with that by writing a strong story with a positive message, and one that will make their child continue to love to read.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
I am inspired by music, nature and my senses. My advice to aspiring writers is to always be aware of your surroundings, and be ready when an idea forms. Be armed with something to memorialize your idea. You never want to lose something great because you have no pen and paper. When you do this, you are rewarded with ideas that come from out of no where, you capture that idea, and, who knows? It could be the idea that eventually leads to a great story.
Maureen Bartone was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. She currently lives in Woodbury, Minnesota with her husband of 26 years. They have two daughters, one son and two grandsons. “Life in the Gumball Machine” is Maureen’s first book and was inspired by her youngest daughter’s fourth grade creative writing assignment. From that one-page writing assignment grew the story that is now known as “Life In the Gumball Machine.” In addition to her love of writing, Maureen loves music and dance. She is currently working on the sequel to “Life in the Gumball Machine,” as well as another children’s book and a novel.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
“Life In The Gumball Machine” was inspired by my youngest daughter’s fourth grade creative writing assignment. She wrote a paper about three kids who ride up and into a gumball machine and meet gumball people. What an imaginative idea! I knew there was a bigger story there. From that one-page writing assignment grew the story that is now known as “Life In The Gumball Machine.”