Lorraine Johnston is the author of MacMoley Moves Home.
Lorraine kindly answered a few of my questions.
1. Tell us a little about MacMoley Moves Home.
MacMoley Moves Home is an earthy tale about a mole who has too much stuff. I think we can all relate to him. He interrupts other underground critters during his mission to find a new home, that is big enough. It ends with a lovely moral to the story.
2. What inspired the book?
We are all accustomed to seeing mole hills all over the place, but less of the velvety creatures that create them. I wanted to tell a story that brought children into their underground world, and I’ve added some fun facts at the back of the book too. I also wanted to publish a book that would be a good fit for one of the charities that I support, so £1 of each copy of MacMoley Moves Home is donated to The Scottish Wildlife Trust.
3. Are you a plan, plan, plan writer or do you sit down and see where the words take you?
I never ‘plan’ a story. They always land in my head as a fairly well-formed idea, usually at 2am. I jot down the ideas on a bit of paper as soon as possible and stick it I my ‘ideas basket’. Thankfully, it’s a deep basket!
4. Was there anything about the publishing process that surprised you?
It’s very busy and takes a long time for things to happen. If you are famous and have an established platform and team of promoters behind you, it’s less challenging. For us regular folks, you can feel a bit like a grain of sand on a beach. Once you accept that, you just have to keep at it.
5. What do you do when you aren’t writing? What do you do to relax and get away from it all?
I suppose my story is a little bit different from most. I have Multiple Sclerosis and suffer with chronic pain and mobility issues. Writing has become my distraction, has given me purpose and such a sense of achievement. I was always a workaholic, and since I lost my career to MS, I had to do something. I can’t do the things I used to, but I’ve found that writing allows me to get away from the negativity that disability brings. Writing takes my focus away from that, and that’s been a blessing.
6. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which book, would it be?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – an oldie but a goody. It was one of the funniest books that I read as a youngster, and I remember how great it was to discover it.
7. I like to end my Q&As with the same question so here we go. During all the Q&As and interviews you’ve done what question have you not been asked that you wish had been asked – and what’s the answer?
I’ve never been asked to pick a favourite place that I have been asked to do a book signing event. The answer – At Blue Frog Chocolate Shop, on Magazine Street, New Orleans. It’s been a hard one to beat!
About the Book
This picture book is about a mole who finds out, there’s no place like home. Come dig around and meet his friends and learn all about moles too!
You can buy the book here.
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