Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Yay For Middle Grade Books! Interview With Nancy J. Cavanaugh

Today on the blog I'm pleased to present an interview with Nancy J. Cavanaugh! Ms. Cavanaugh is the author of multiple MG books, which include Just Like Me, and the upcoming Elsie Mae Has Something to Say, which releases September 5th.

Here's the interview!

The bold writing is the questions I asked, the regular writing is her responses, and the bold italic writing are my comments about her answers.

1. Would you please describe your next book, Elsie Mae Has Something to Say, in seven words?
Adventure, mystery about saving the Okefenokee Swamp.

2. Your first three books were all contemporary novels, while Elsie Mae is your first historical fiction novel! What made you want to write a historical book?
I became interested in the Okefenokee about 20 years ago. It just took me a long time to find the story I wanted to tell. I chose historical fiction because the Okefenokee has so much interesting history. There were people called swampers who lived in the Okefenokee long ago, and I think most people don't know that. I think readers will enjoy the setting and the time period because it will be something brand new to them. With my main character, Elsie Mae, I was able to create a story full of mystery and adventure with the background of the unique setting of the Okefenokee and its history.

This sounds really interesting! :)

3. Random question! What's your favorite thing to bake?
I'd have to say cookies. (That may be because I love eating them!)

Me, too! :)

4. If you're able to talk about it, what are you working on now?
I am hoping to write a sequel to Elsie Mae Has Something to Say.

5. What are some of your favorite Middle Grade Books?
The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Thank you so much to Ms. Cavanaugh for participating in this event! :)

Author bio: Nancy J. Cavanaugh is the acclaimed author of Always, Abigail, a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee, and This Journal Belongs to Ratchet, a Florida State Library Book Award winner, an NCTE Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts Award winner, and a nominee for numerous state awards, including Florida Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award and Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Award. School Library Journal calls her third novel, Just Like Me, “A charming and refreshingly wholesome coming-of-age story . . . Filled with slapstick humor and fast-paced action.”

Cavanaugh’s newest book, Elsie Mae Has Something to Say, tells the story of a young girl’s endeavor to save the Okefenokee Swamp. This historical fiction, full of adventure and mystery, takes place in the 1930’s and gives readers a chance to experience a unique and unusual time and place in history. 

Nancy and her husband and daughter enjoy winters in sunny Florida and eat pizza in Chicago the rest of the year.

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