Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Children's Author, Mayra Calvani's Virtual Book Tour at Write What Inspires You

A big thank you to Donna for having me on her cool blog today and for putting together this virtual book tour!

Mayra, my pleasure and thank you for visiting today through your Working Writer's Club virtual book tour and to celebrate even further it's Children's Book Week!

The Internet has made it possible for us to get to know people, especially authors, we normally would not have had the opportunity to meet through intimate conversations through social media. I am delighted to host award-winning children's author, Mayra Calvani as she discusses her typical writing life. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy getting to know Mayra.

So, let’s see, a typical writing day for me...

I work best in the mornings. That’s when I’m rested and my mind feels fresh. After the kids are off to school and my hubby to work, I get a cup of coffee and sit at the computer with my golden retriever, Amigo, at my feet. Often, I do a short meditation. Next, I write my goals and objectives for that day. This is extremely important for me. Writing down my goals and objectives keeps me focused and productive—most importantly, it keeps me away from ‘bright shiny objects’ that can stir me away from my major goals. Then I start writing. I’ll usually write for 2-3 hours from Monday to Friday (I take weekends off to be with my family). After my writing session I have lunch and take a short walk with Amigo. Afternoons and evenings are for other work-related stuff such as promotion and publicity, networking, reviewing, blogging, etc.

I started adopting this system this January and it has worked wonders for me. The key points here are to write down my goals and objectives, then work on my work-in-progress before I do anything else.

For me, the hardest part about being an author is showing up on the page every day and completing a book. Inspiration isn’t always there, so I have to push myself and force myself to write even on those days when I don’t feel like it or my prose doesn’t seem exciting. Writing is hard work! At least, it is for me. It is immensely satisfying and I couldn’t live without it, but it can be maddening and frustrating and exhausting.

As far as the actual writing craft goes, the most difficult part is being able to closely, honestly and clearly articulate into words what I see and hear in my mind. I’d say, without a doubt, this is the greatest challenge.

The best thing about being an author?

So many things!

Creating fantastic fictional worlds and sharing those visions with readers in such a way that, if only for a moment, they’ll be suspended in space and time.

And who doesn’t like to be their own boss and work on their pajamas with free access to the fridge all day? J

About the book:
The Water Cycle: Water Play Series Book 1, for ages 4-8, follows the water droplets in their journey from the clouds to the earth and back to the clouds again. Written in a lyrical style, the book takes a new angle on the water cycle by showing the feelings it evokes in people. It also has fun learning activities at the end.

What reviewers are saying…
 “Written in Calvani’s delightful prose, “Huddle inside the CLOUD high up in the sky, the water droplets are excited,” While also complemented by the imaginative artwork of Alexander Morris’ fun illustrations, makes this book both easy to read and informative. The author also includes for her young readers a word search and glossary learning activity—a great addition to every teacher and homeschool parents’ teaching library.” –Carol Fraser Hagen, reading specialist and special education teacher.

Purchase The Water Cycle: Water Play Series Book 1 from Guardian Angel Publishing: http://guardianangelpublishing.com/water-cycle.htm

Purchase from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1616332379/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

About the author: Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults.  and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. Visit her website at www.MayrasSecretBookcase.com and get the first two lessons of her popular Walking on a Rainbow Picture Book Workshop free! 

Book information:

Title: The Water Cycle: Water Play Series Book 1
Author: Mayra Calvani
Illustrations: Alexander Morris
Genre: Children 4-8
Print ISBN: 9781616332372; 1616332379
eBook ISBN: 9781616332389; 1616332387 
Published: March 15, 2012
Pages: 20
Price: $10.95 print; $5.00 e-Book
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Learn more about Mayra when she visits with Karen Cioffi on Wednesday, May 9th: http://karencioffiwritingandmarketing.com.

I invite you to visit with my fellow Guardian Angel Publishing authors at their blogs during Children’s Book Week 2012 and beyond:
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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval Recipient and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist


  1. Hi Mayra,

    I'm delighted to host you today and learn more about your writing life. Yes, writing first thing works for me today. Otherwise I never get back to it. Great photo!

    All the best,

  2. Wonderful interview, Ladies! It's fun to compare authors' days, I must say. I'm wishing you every success with the book series, Mayra. Oh, and I love Amigo!

  3. Thank you, Donna!

    Hi, Nancy! Amigo is the sweetest, most intelligent dog ever--but I guess all dog owners say that, right?

    Thanks for your good wishes, ladies! I really appreciate it!


  4. Hi Nancy,

    Thanks for dropping by. I always enjoy reading about other writers days too.

    Hi Mayra,

    But of course a dog owners dog is the best!

    Best regards,

  5. Congratulations on the new book, it looks like one that kids will love and read over again.

  6. I love poking in people's heads to find out how they write...thanks for doing that for me this time Donna! I am now inspired to do better Mayra...but first things first...LOVE Amigo! Pretty pretty boy. I always work best when I think there is a reward at the end and a walk with such a nice looking fellow would make work easier! Thanks for the interview.

  7. Congrats on the new book, Mayra. It is always lovely to learn more about you, your writing process, and when you do it best.

    I was a bit puzzled until I came to the end of the post. I expected a heading about Children's Book Week. Got it at the end instead!!

    BOOKS for Kids - Manuscript Critiques

  8. Water Cycle sounds wonderful. I may have to buy another GAP book this month. (I just spent my royalty check on Nancy's wonderful new book.)
    I can't like any of you on Facebook or follow you cause I already do.
    But I am enjoying the tour.


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