Ellwyn Autumn is the author of the new children's picture book Teddy Bear Tea. Her other books include Captain Hook: Villain or Victim? and Chris Kringle's Cops: The First Mission. Also a teacher, she lives in Pennsylvania.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for Teddy Bear Tea?
A: This may sound clichéd, but it just came to me. Sometimes my story ideas are inspired by events or people; they’re well thought out with great outlines and hours of research. This one wasn’t, but I’ve been an avid teddy bear lover all my life. My first teddy, Amos, can attest to that.
Q: How did you first get interested in writing for kids?
A: Ever since I was a young child, I’ve wanted to be a storyteller. Once I became a mother and an early childhood teacher, the spark was directed at children’s literature.
Q: What do you think Tanya Glebova's illustrations add to the book?
A: They encapsulate the playfulness and joy I felt while writing the story. They’re colorful, cute, and overflowing with jubilance.
Q: What do you hope kids take away from the story?
A: That the differences and similarities that exist among people can be welcomed, respected, and enjoyed.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I’m focusing on marketing Teddy Bear Tea and my reimagined fairytale The Enchanted Press. It’s about a faun named Mr. Tims. He’s a reporter investigating a wave of crime sweeping through the Enchanted Forest.
Q: Anything else we should know?
A: I love connecting with readers. I also have free educational materials to go with all my picture books. Everything can be accessed through my website, ellwynautumn.com.
Thanks so much for inviting me to connect with your readers. Bye, everyone!
--Interview with Deborah Kalb