Friday, July 19, 2013

Meet the Author of Ozette's Destiny

It's time once again for Friday's Fave Children's Literature. I'm pleased to introduce this week's featured children's author, Judy Pierce. Learn more about the author of this magical book that will touch your heart. 

What inspired you to become a children's author?
I had written a number of feature articles - mostly about environmental issues - but started writing little stories about a white squirrel named Ozette. Friends encouraged me to write a book, and that is how Tales from Farlandia: Ozette's Destiny was born. I had it professioonally edited then I found a publisher, Pants on Fire Press, and my first book was published in late Febuary. Quite a journey!

What book(s) have you written that you would like to tell us about?
This is my first book, although I am working on the second book in the series.

Do you have any favorite childhood books?
 So many wonderful books to love...I love Charlotte's Web, Beautiful Joe, Winnie the Pooh books, Alice in Wonderland, The Pokey Little Puppy, Wind in the Willows - lots of happy memories.

Do you have advice for aspiring writers?
Keep writing. Getting published - while wonderful - should not be your goal. Write because you have to, because you have something inside of you that needs to be said. Never give up and polish, polish, polish before you even think about sending it to an agent or publisher. Hire a professional editor if you can afford it. It can be money well spent. Believe in yourself. Develop a bit of a thick skin - learn from criticism but don't let it cripple you and stop you from writing. 


  1. This book looks really interesting! I love hearing the back-story of how an author gets started. I'm so glad you shared about it at Booknificent Thursday! Hope to see you again soon.
    Tina from