Friday, September 18, 2015

Blog Tour: Miss Priss

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Miss Priss On and Off the CourtTitle: Miss Priss: On and Off the Court
Author: Judy Phillips
Illustrator: Brenda Nichols
Publication Date: August 20, 2015
Publisher: Tadpole Press ...4 Kids (a division of Smooth Sailing Press)
Pages: 230
Recommended Ages: 8 to 12
Summary: Priscilla Penelope Paxton is a witty ten year old whose inter-ests and curiosity land her in, sometimes, sticky situations. Dance classes, Girl Scouts, school assignments, friends and hanging out at her family's drug store, and the local Piggly Wiggly would leave any other person with no time for any-thing else. Yet, the thrill of basketball and joining the Little Dribblers finds its way into Miss Priss' heart. Though this interest will prove to be a dream that requires overcoming the greatest of challenges; Mom’s opposition. A task that will require ingenuity, perseverance and a little help from some loved ones.

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MISS PRISS: ON AND OFF THE COURT is book one in the new tween chapter series by Mom’s Choice Award winning writer-illustrator Team, ‘Brenjudy’. On and Off the Court introduces Priscilla Penelope Paxton (Miss Priss), a ten year old whose interests and curiosity land her in, sometimes, sticky situations. A unique coming-of-age story bound to bring giggles and enjoyment to all its readers as Miss Priss encounters and overcomes a slew of challenges, even the one that will continue to grow—self-awareness. The book features full color illustrations.

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1. Where did you draw your inspiration from for your characters? Brenda (illustrator) grew up fighting for the chance to be on the basketball court. She is the primary model for Miss Priss. Many other characters have strong similarities to persons we know currently, or from past experiences we have refurbished traits to help make up the folks Miss Priss encounters in Kyleville.

2. When did you first start writing your book and when did you finish?
We began in December 2011 drafting the book. SEVERAL drafts/revisions and a change in ownership of Smooth Sailing Press occurred prior to our final draft being accomplished in the summer of 2015. Whew! Lots of blood, sweat and a few tears have been shed in the making of this book.

3. What is the main message you want to convey to your readers in your books?
Never give up on dreams and aspirations even when others express discouragement.

About Being an Author:

1. What has been the best compliment you received as an author?
During the reading of an excerpt of Miss Priss, a 6th grader shouted out, “Hey. Are they gonna make a movie of this book?”

2. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
“Pretty much, you need to start completely over.” Yep! That happened.

3. What is the best advice you received as an author?
Write what you know. It’s the only way to be truly authentic.

4. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
When Beauregard Le’Moose is Loose in New Orleans was released, we held a party for family and friends.

5. If you were a superhero what would your name be, what would be your super-power, and what would be your kryptonite?
Judy: The Humanizer. My super-power is the art of persuasion to be more kind to others. My kryptonite would be Pine Tree Pollen.
Brenda: Captain Encourager: My super-power is energy to make others the best they can be. My kryptonite would be needles (I hate needles of any kind!).

More About Reading and Writing:

1. Which authors have influenced you the most and how?
Judy: I adore Ken Follett, Fanny Flagg, Frank McCourt, John Steinbeck and Robert Frost. I believe Follett and Frost have taught me to make sure to be descriptive in creating realistic settings. They are so masterful with that element. Flagg, and McCourt excel in developing characters who are believable, making use of dialogue perfectly, while Steinbeck is a hero in his boldness to write edgy themes which still are quite shocking today.

2. If you could invite any 5 authors to dinner who would you choose?
We would invite Ken Follett, Ernest Hemingway, Fanny Flagg, John Maxwell, and Frank McCourt.

3. What is your favorite book of all-time (adult)?
Judy: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett- It took me a solid year to complete it, and I felt I had lost my best friend as I turned the last page.
Brenda: The Art of War by Sun Tzu- All coaches should read this book.

About the Author: Judy Phillips

Judy PhillipsJudy Phillips is an educator with over twenty years of experience and is currently a counselor at Samuel Houston Elemen-tary School in Huntsville, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and a Master of Education degree in Coun-seling from Sam Houston State University. Phillips volunteers locally with university students through local ministries and mentor programs.

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About the Illustrator: Brenda Nichols

Brenda NicholsBrenda Nichols was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and is an educator at university level, with over twenty years of experience. She is currently the Head Women's Basketball Coach and Professor of Kinesiology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Nichols holds an Associate of Arts degree from Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas, a Bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and a Master's degree from The University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. Nichols volunteers locally by mentoring students and through motivational speaking engagements at schools and various civic organizations.

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Miss Priss Blog Tour Schedule (2015)

September 15
September 16
September 17
September 18
September 19
September 20
September 21

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting Judy and Brenda for the "Miss Priss Blog Tour", Autumn. I love reading about what makes an author tick. I've been meaning to read "The Art of War" as well as "Pillars of the Earth" for some time now. They both currently sit unread on my ereader! Got to get to those!

    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Thank you for allowing me to host this author!