Tabitha Page - Interview (May 2019)
Why do you want to be a published author?
First, let me thank you for having me 😊 I appreciate the chance to tell everyone what I love about writing, and about Creative Kids Tales.
Now to the question-
I wanted to be an author/writer from school aged, the beginning of high school from memory. When I decided that I wanted to write, it was to get some of ideas and daydreams out of my head and on to paper.
Over time, I have had many experiences that have changed my way of thinking. Including getting sick and now living with chronic illness/disease.
My wish now, is that with my writing and these experiences, I can help others (big and small). I hope that with my writing I can empower, inspire and bring awareness about different things and do my part to make this a more supportive, inclusive world.
If I can help even one child to feel like they are not alone, then I have succeeded.
How long have you been writing/drawing?
I remember writing poems and short stories while at primary school. I had a little notebook that I never showed anybody. I started ‘trying’ to write more at high school, and I say trying, because it was terrible.
I recall a script I wrote... even I must admit, it was horrible, and I do hope that I have improved since then. It did not come easy to me. I had no problems with ideas, my issue was always getting it down on paper (spelling etc). It is still a work in progress, as with anyone. Work at it and it can be done.
How will/did you celebrate your first publication?
When I released my first picture book Mikah’s Big Move (released in July 2018), I had so many huge ideas for my launch. Money and resources made it hard to do a lot of them.
I mean, where would I get the money for 10,000 helium balloons with my characters printed on them? Or a custom hot air balloon? :p
I did end up doing an online launch via my Mikah Monkey Facebook page. I had the privilege of hanging out with my friend, the amazing, best-selling author Adam Wallace, who along with a few more of my friends, kindly joined me to launch my book.
We spent time trying to connect the laptop to the venue Wi-Fi, and then time (five minutes before start time) fighting with mobiles and attempting to hotspot the laptop and each other’s phones. I think we were working with/on five mobiles at one point, and one minute before we went live, we managed to get the internet connected (whew!).
We then spent time doing Facebook live videos, posts on the page, games and just having a great time. I was exhausted afterwards but it was worth it. Mikah’s Big Move was officially out in the world and it felt amazing!
How would you describe your writing/illustrating style?
That’s a hard one…. It’s my own. I think I would need someone to help me out with this one.
How has Creative Kids Tales assisted you on your journey to publication?
Creative Kids Tales has been an amazing resource. It has been the place I go first if I am looking for a service and if I need ideas. I love being able to look around the site and every time I visit the site, I find something new.
I must say, my favourite part is being able to read through other creative’s work and profiles. It’s great to get to know everyone this way as I am an introvert and not so good in crowds/at conferences etc.
It’s just a fabulous resource and I thank everyone who has created and contributed to it.
Thanks so much for giving me the chance to be featured and to those who have read this far, thank you and please do pop by my profile and other social media profiles/pages/website.
and just one more 😊