Interview with V.A. Trafton

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Tell us a little about yourself and your background? 

I was raised by my mother along with my 3 sisters and 3 brothers. Being the second oldest child I always had different goals from the rest. I was active in sports, music and reading. I’m 51 years old and currently work as a sales associate. When I graduated I went right into the food industry for 17 years before deciding to take a break and that’s when I decided to write.

How do you feel about writing pictures books?

I love to write picture books because younger children relate more to pictures when first learning how to read and put words with what’s happening in stories. Children fascinate me. Watching how they interact with their surroundings teaches me a few things about life.

Which writers inspire you? 

Nicholas Sparks inspires me with his stories of love, romance, heartache, realities of tragedies and such we all take for granted. He is out of my genre but, I love that girl gets boy fairy tale type story with all the ups and downs. Its an escape from writing from a childs point, easing me back into the adult world.
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

I have not written with other authors but, maybe in the future that could be a possibility.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I always jotted down words on paper, first with poetry(my first published in True Confessions magazine) and then 4 years ago I decided to take a mail order course on Writing Stories For Children and found that I liked it. Some of the exercises really had my brain churning. So many story ideas to write.
Do you write full-time or part-time? 

As of now I write part time but would love to spend all day writing. Getting lost in my own words is rejuvenating.

How do you feel when you get to see how a child react to your books? 

Seeing a child’s eyes light up, the crack of a smile forming in the corners of their tiny little mouths and that sound of laughter makes my heart go pitter pat. Ultimate satisfaction is what I feel that I’ve created a story they can relate to and love. Bringing out the best in each and everyone of them.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? 

Reviewing of my work is a task I’m still trying to grasp. A first time self-publisher is a lot of work and for now I search the internet, ask strangers(they are more truthful than family and friends), and turn to groups for advice.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? 

To me a review either good or bad should be taken with a grain of salt. Expressing one’s opinion about my work only makes me prouder or work harder. Readers can find out about me from Amazon author central and Goodreads . I belong to Children’s Book Authors, Celebrating Authors, Cute Children’s Books and several other groups. I’m still establishing my platform.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

My work is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, Apple ITunes, Kobo(ebook).

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