Welcome to TRB Lounge. Today, I’d like to welcome Serina Adham, author of Lulu’s Balallam-Bam-Bam Grooves, for an author Interview.
About the author:
Serina Adham drew on her experience as a dancer and dance instructor to give you this fun new adventure with Lulu and all her animal friends. She hopes that Lulu will teach children to enthusiastically follow their dreams but also consider the effects they have on others.
Adham lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to teaching dance, Adham has also worked as a jewelry and clothing designer and an interior designer. She has one fearless, dancing and singing daughter of her own.
Hello, Serina. Thank you for being here today.
Can you please tell my readers about your ambitions for your writing career?
I am looking forward to publishing many more books.
Which writers inspire you?
As far as children’s books, My favourite writers are Dr. Seuss and Enid Blyton. As for adult fiction, Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchet.
Tell us about your book?
It’s about a gorilla that loves to dance but is unaware here actions cause a huge disturbance in the jungle. I wanted to show children in a fun and interactive way that they can do what they love but also be thoughtful of others.
How long did it take you to write it?
This story started off as very differently, it took a year until I was happy with it and a little longer for the illustrations to be done.
Are you working on any other project(s) right now? If yes, what are they?
Yes I have Three stories that are in the final editing stages, unlike Lulu they were much easier and faster to write.
They are also about life lessons but with a playful and fun theme also involving animals and a little bit of magic as well.
Why have you chosen this genre?
I have a daughter of my own and I thinks books are one of the best ways to connect with kids and teach them life lessons.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I have always been a writer but I decided to call myself a writer, about ten years ago when I realized that this is what I would love my career to be.
Why do you write?
It is the best way to bring to life all that I imagine.
Where do your ideas come from?
Hard to pin point where exactly, I grew up with an over active imagination, and so grew up with many of these characters that I later developed into stories.
How do you prefer to write? On computer/laptop, typewriter, dictation or longhand with a pen?
I love the feel of a pen in hand and pen on paper, and have this strange love for notebooks especially ones filled with my scribbles.
What are your 5 favorite books and 5 favorite authors?
- Terry Pratchet: Mort,
- Douglas Adams: The Long Dark Tea time of the soul..
- Ann Rice: Lasher.
- Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist.
- Amy Tan: The Joy Luck Club
- Neil Gaiman: Good Omens
How do you deal with Writer’s Block?
I make a cup of tea and just scribble whatever comes to mind, otherwise I do something else creative like painting, dancing, designing or sewing. When I am being creative in another way it always feeds and refreshes my imagination and creativity.
What advice would you give to new aspiring authors?
If you love to write, just keep writing. Don’t edit too much, do that at the end.
Write about what you love, what you know and trust your instincts, however every now and then it’s good to get some feedback from another writer maybe or editor, or life partner as in my case.
Thank you, Serina, for all your answers!
About The Book:
There is nothing Lulu loves more than dancing by herself. With each new song, she practices the “Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves.” She slides her feet, claps her hands, and bumps her hips against a tree trunk.
There is just one problem. Lulu is a gorilla! When she stamps her feet and shakes the trees, she ends up disturbing all the other animals in her jungle home. Poor Squin Squirrel cannot even sip his nut tea without Lulu’s dancing rattling his tree home. Squin and the other animals try to tell Lulu that her dancing is disruptive, but they cannot get through to the gorilla.
Then, Lulu’s loud music and dancing ends up waking up the mighty king of the jungle. The angry lion Jhawfors then confronts Lulu with the problem. Will the animals be able to find a compromise?
This rhyming children’s tale imparts valuable lessons to young readers. Lulu does not want to stop doing what she loves, but she needs to understand that her actions affect others. Through Lulu, children will learn the importance of respect, compassion, and compromise.
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