For this blog tour, we have an interview with Angela Shelton, the author of Tilda Pinkerton's Magical Hats.
What was the hardest thing about writing this book?
The hardest thing was waiting actually. Waiting on the editor, waiting to see the artwork, waiting while the artwork was totally changed and then waiting to see the final hardcover book that I love so much! I wrote the book pretty quickly. It was the waiting that made me pace the porch!
Which of your characters can you relate to the most?
I relate to Tilda the most since I put a lot of myself into her. Much like Tilda, I try to teach others that they have the answers to their life questions already. They just need to look within and let their own light shine. Sometimes it just takes a hat to spark new ideas.
Which part of the book was the easiest to write?
The talking animals were the easiest and most fun to write. I mean a woodchuck named Samuel P. Hopbottom who wears a helmet? Come on, that’s fun!
Which actors would play the main characters in the movie version of the book?
I could see Zoe Deschanel playing Tilda Pinkerton actually. She has those magnificent eyes and that quality about her that seems like she’s thinking about a myriad of things all at once.
Which songs would be on the soundtrack of the movie version of the book?
Wow, I think a composer would have fun creating a song along the lines of Imagination from Willy Wonka – but about the power of magical hats.
Any future books in the works?
Yes, there are quite a few other chapter books of Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hat Shop for this reading level (K-3) in the works. Tilda’s hat shop goes all over the world from the circus tent, to the middle of the city, to the sea!
There are also more big books of the Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton for more advanced readers coming too.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Eleven-year-old Madison Mae and her younger brother, Albert, want to help save the family farm during troubled times. When a mysterious Magical Hat Shop appears by their grandpa's red tractor mailbox, the children meet Tilda Pinkerton who presents them with one-of-a-kind hats, causing new ideas and talents to suddenly burst forth. As a flood of harm comes rushing towards the farm, Tilda Pinkerton teaches the children how they can accomplish much more than anyone ever imagined.
Increase your child's vocabulary, self esteem and awareness of social issues, while they enjoy a great story! Tilda Pinkeron's Magical Hats does it all. Grades K1-4.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Angela Shelton is an author, actor, blogger and public speaker. She has been writing since she was eight years old. Her first novel was adapted into the movie Tumbleweeds. Angela won a regional Emmy award for her portrayal of Safe Side Superchick in The Safe Side video series created by Baby Einstein's Julie Clark and America's Most Wanted's John Walsh. After living in Los Angeles for over a decade, Angela left the big city for a one-light country town to marry her first love and fulfill her dream of writing books in a barn house.
Find out how Angela has incorporated the character of Tilda Pinkerton into an entire line of book projects, each geared towards a different age group at www.MagicHatShop.com