MELINDA WORLAND ARIZONA ARTIST WRITER AND ILLUSTRATOR


AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH MELINDA WORLAND ARIZONA ARTIST, WRITER AND ILLUSTRATOR


1. Where are you from? Tell us a little about your childhood, family, education and hobbies other than writing.

I was born and raised in Southern California. I am the youngest of 5 and the only girl. I graduated college with BA in visual communication. The instructors told me my biggest problem was I was an artist and didn't quite fit into anyones mold. when I couldn't find a portfolio I liked, I built one out of wood a wonderful thing. octagon in shape with a lid when removed the 8 panels opened like flower pettles each panel held a part of my resume. Inside were disks of samples of my work. at the bottom was a puzzle that would be left for their entertainment.

I enjoy creating art, illustrating, wood working, sewing, quilting, making afghans, baking

2. When and why did you begin writing? / What inspired you to write your first book. When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I was in elementary school and wrote a story about the littlest ballerina. I have considered myself a writer for years. I have entered many poetry competitions and had a number of poems published since the early 1980's however did not getanything of just mine published until 2009/10.

3.Do you have a specific writing style?

I like writing in rhyme for the most part. Children seem to be captivated by the sing song sounds when being read to.

4.How did you come up with your book titles?

  • Cranium City was easy. the characters lived inside my head for so long. I was doodling and thought I would build them a city.
  • The Land of Window Shade. behind my desk is a window shade. shadows and images come and go from there, created another place.
  • Stories from Cranium City Park, Inker and Quill live in Cranium City and are constantly playing in the park

5. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Helping someone is always a good thing.

6. How much of your books are realistic?

If you lived in my house, the characters live on my walls, stuffed animals, and imagination.

7.Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Yes on both counts. I watch my grandchildren and stories unfolds. I remember my children and the stories I told them.

8. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Dr Suess. I love his imagination.

9. What book are you reading now?

I am taking a break from reading, working on Christmas presents

10. Do you have something you are working on that you’d like to share with us?

I am working on a couple of story collections for children, about a house which is inhabited with a cat who is telling stories of a dog, a fish, a bird, some spiders, and a family of mice who live under a chair. How they interact with each other. The other one is about alligators, dragons, fish, both are in the creative ofthe art work is done, and some of the writing.

11. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No, I would just write another one to follow.

12. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I played alone quite often as a child. I would tell stories to my dolls and stuffed animals. I loved telling stories. and once I learned to write, the stories grew...

13. Who designed the covers?

So far I have had a hand in creating the book covers.

14. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Getting to a place where I would stop writing more stories, all my books are a collection of stories/poems. next would be sending it off to the publisher.

15. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I like writing and illustrating. It is a wonderful feeling to have your own book in your hands.

16..Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes, Keep writing! Follow your dreams.

17. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope to keep your minds open and your imaginations running strong for a long long time.

18. Do you have a special poem you would like to post here that shows your writing?

THE FORK IN THE ROAD

when I came across a fork in the road

it was accompanied by a silver toad

he croaked me a tune and told me a tale

it brought such laughter, I began to whale

he said the fork was used by the toad queens maid

to hold up a leaf and bring the queen shade

but the wind did blow and the leaf did fly

and took the fork way up in the sky

and when it landed right here in the road

people who encountered it shifted their load

took a direction other than strait

some even went through the near by gate

as I sit here pondering how this I will fix

the queen still need shade and I'm out of tricks

So I offered my services, see I was free of some time

and the leaves were so pretty different shades of lime

I found me some rocks and a pebble or two

I thought for a moment then knew what to do

I fashioned a gazebo that was fit for a queen

built the structure even made a trampoline

they were all delighted at the outcome you see

they named the structure after me!

Oh and that fork in the road is there no more

they are using it at a diving board by the shore.

MelInda Worland

october 8, 2011

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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

What a wonderful creative mind you have Melinda along with the manual skills to make your creations real, both in words and in projects. Thanks for doing this wonderful interview with me. Robert


Mary Ann Duhart 4 years ago

Excellent interview Melinda..I enjoyed it to the upmost. Continue to shine..


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Daveda Gruber 4 years ago from Hermitage PA USA

Great interview Mel. I enjoyed reading your chat with Bob!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is a great hub Robert. These seem like very nice people. I wonder if you can give me any advice for interveiwing celebrities. I am interviewing my first real celebrity tomorrow and I am nervous... Also, is there any way to protect someone's work if you use it as part of an interview? For instance, if you interview a photographer, is it best not to list their photography? I know Hub pages can "copy write" it, but there is so much piracy going on the last few weeks. Thanks!


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks Tammy for reading my hub. I have sent you an email through hubpages.com with some information on interviewing celebrities. Let me know if I can help you further. Robert


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Enlydia Listener 4 years ago from trailer in the country

The poem was clever...I know what you mean by having your "characters" around you.


william manson 4 years ago

yet another fantastic interview Robert, Mel is a talented lady, this was an insightful delve into Melindas World, bravo :)


Leokadia Durmaj 4 years ago

Melinda is a wonderful writer, her imagination knows no bounds, her children stories are a delight to read. They are the kind of stories I would love for my granddaughter to enjoy. Congratulations on all your books, I am sure anyone who had a child will delight to buying them. This is a wonderful interview with Robert, I enjoyed reading it..... Take care always, Lee


MelInda Worland 4 years ago

Robert thank you so much for your kindness in doing this interview with me...,

Mary Ann, I appreciate your time and kind comments.

Daveda, thank you for stopping by.

Tammy,thank you for stopping in.

Enlydia, I love having all my characters around

William, thank you for your kind words

Lee, thank you so much. You are so kind.


Elaine Young Vacon/ tikat 4 years ago

Melinda congradulations on a fine interview, and you Bob for bringing to us all this information. Enjoyed it and wish you both the very best for the future and all the rest.Godbless you and yours...xxx...tikat


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks Elaine, Melinda is a special poet and person. So vry talented. Bob


Helen VanEck Holub 4 years ago

Oh, dear girl, Melinda, you have done it again! I loved your interview with that nice young man, Robert, and you did a fine piece. I love your writing and enjoy your books so much and your stories that you put on PWP, Daveda Gruber's site, very much. Your imagination is much like mine as a child. I loved paper dolls and used to make up wonderful stories about them! As I was the youngest child, also, I was alone much of the time so I colored and played with dolls and paper dolls. My dad always used to think I had a friend on the porch. Mama used to laugh and tell him, 'No, she's just making up her stories with her dolls.' I'm sure it was much the same with you. My husband also likes your stories very much, so you see, we are just a couple of kids at heart and I know children have to love your adorable stories. We are so proud of you and your books. God bless you and much success in the future. Love, Helen ?


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thank you Helen for reading and commenting on Melinda's interview. You described her very well. Bob

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