I figured it was only fair to turn the questions on myself, so here goes:

Tells us a bit about Chicken Wants a Nap:

The sun is up, and a happy barnyard chicken is looking forward to a comfortable day—preferably one that includes a relaxing nap. However, every time she tries to find a good spot, something goes wrong. The sun disappears and is replaced by rain. She is driven out of the warm barn by obnoxious noises and smells. The dog is too curious for her to stay on the porch. The good news is that Chicken does finally get her nap – but it leads to bad news for someone else!

(adapted from the jacket copy)

What are three things Chicken is grateful for, and why?

Chicken is grateful for naps, a warm day and a full belly. (Chicken and I have a lot in common!)

Chicken loves naps because who doesn’t feel better after a good snooze? I also envision Chicken reacting to a warm day the same way my cat used to — all splayed out and content. As for a full belly, you can’t focus on anything – even a nap – if you’re hungry.

As the author, what picture book(s) are you thankful for?

I’m grateful for Fortunately by Remy Charlip, and to Brian Selznick for introducing the book as an inspiration of his during a talk several years before I sat down to write Chicken. I just loved the humor in the page turns!

Please share one person that’s made a big impact on your picture book career, and how?

Chicken Wants a Nap is my first picture book, but certainly not the first manuscript I’d written. There are so many people who have read words of mine and given feedback and encouragement before I received my first traditional book contract. But I never would have started submitting manuscripts as a teenager (though thank goodness my first picture book was not published) without my mother – who started attending SCBWI conferences, learning the ropes, and teaching them to me.

What are you hopeful for (or looking forward to) in 2018?

As an author, I’m hoping that I’ll have another picture book project to share with the wider world next year and as an agent I’m super excited to share the first crop of #TeamMarchini picture books (including Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie’s Shark Nate-O and I Am Famous)!

I am also hopeful that I can catch up on my submissions. This was a busy year personally and professionally, and I would love to have a few more days (or any day!) where I can proclaim “Inbox zero!”

"A surprising gem." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Chicken Wants a Nap is available at Amazon, Barnes & NobleTarget and your favorite independent bookstore!

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