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Meet Amy Marie Stadelmann

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Author website/social media: http://www.amymariestad.com, @amymariestad on twitter and instagram.
Tell me a little about yourself: Hello! Well, I’m Amy and I live in Brooklyn, NY. I have a little dog named Cosmo and I collect garden gnomes that live all around my apartment. When I’m not writing and illustrating books, I’m a designer in the world of kid’s media working on animated tv shows and apps.
When you were my age, did you like to read? I was a slow reader at first, but once I got the hang of it, I loved it! My mom is a big reader and we would take regular visits to the library and that helped get me into the habit early of always having a book to read.

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What was your favorite story? I first read The Little Prince when I was around 8 or 9, and that is still my favorite book to this day! But I also was very obsessed with all the Oz books written by L. Frank Baum. Oz is still my absolute favorite fictional land.
How do you get your ideas? Most of the time ideas are a mystery! But, I think one way that ideas come to me is by being curious and asking questions of the world and of myself. Sometimes the answers surprise me and I think, ‘there might be a story there…’
Is it hard to write a book? Any creative project has it’s moments that are hard, but also moments when it’s easy or confusing or hilarious or frustrating to the point of tears. It’s a lot of work, and the hardest part is probably just deciding that it’s done. (I could nitpick my work all day!) But the end product is so worth it, because you get to share a story with the world!
Do you have a favorite among the books you have written/illustrated? Well so far, it’s just books 1 and 2 of Olive & Beatrix, and while The Not-So Itty Bitty Spiders is special to me because it was my first book, I do think The Super-Smelly Moldy Blob is a bit stronger of a story and I also really love the Beatrix/Houston relationship in that one! That was very fun to write and illustrate!
What author do you really like right now? I’m currently reading the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children books by Ransom Riggs. I love the way he created a magical fantasy story from real life old photographs. Very clever, and so fun!
What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author? Write! Write down your stories, even if they are just little ideas. Writing (and drawing!) are just like anything else, the more you practice – the better you get. Also, and I think this is important for adults too, make sure to let yourself daydream. Let yourself sit quietly and just dream with no particular goal, because your imagination is also just like anything else and the more you use it and let it run free – the better and stronger it gets.

Posted in Book Review

The Super-Smelly Moldy Blob

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By Amy Marie Stadelmann

This is the perfect book to kick off my Halloween Week. It is second Olive and Beatrix story. I liked this book. These my favorite book candies.

It is cool because they do science and magic mixed together. They are good role models for girls. It would be cool to dress as them for Halloween.

In this story, they do a science project at their school. But both Olive and Beatrix want the same table, the best table. They fight over it and drop their experiments. Their experiment makes a Super-Smelly Moldy Blob that they have to chase around their school.

I totally recommend this book. You will like it.

Tomorrow, the author is joining me to answer my questions!

Posted in Book Review

Olive & Beatrix: The not-so itty-bitty spider

By Amy Marie Stadelmann

My favorite book fairy suggested I read this. She said it was book candy for me and it was. I like finished it in one night because it was so good.

Olive and Beatrix are twin sisters. One is a witch because she really loves magic. The other likes science because she is not a witch. The story is about Olive playing a trick on Beatrix and it turns into a spider disaster. Bumb-bumb-BUMB

It was a cool adventure. Kids my age would love to go on these adventures. I suggest kids read this story. It is fun, it is adventurous. It could be challenging for some readers and easy for others.

I look forward to reading the next one.