Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Children's book author interview: Amelia Frump and her Peanut Butter Loving Overactive Imagination by Debbie Roppolo

DMc: I absolutely love the title of your book, Amelia Frump and Her Peanut Butter Loving, Overactive Imagination. Do you title your manuscript before, during, or after?

DR: Thank you, I’m glad you like it. I came up with the title while I was writing the manuscript.

DMc: Please share with us a day in your writer’s life.

DR: The alarm clock (it must have nine lives) awakens me every weekday morning at 4 am. I shuffle to the bathroom, cringe at my reflection in the mirror, put in contacts, then trudge to my office to check and respond to emails.

An hour later, I prepare breakfast, get my kids ready for the 6 am arrival of the school bus, and have a cup of coffee. It’s the latter that pleases my family the most. I’m not a morning person, and without caffeine I could intimidate “Cruella De Vil”.

After my husband is hustled off to work (7:30 A.M.), the rest of the morning is spent promoting Amelia Frump and her Peanut Butter Loving, Overactive Imagination. I edit and look for markets for my stories. When my bottom becomes numb and resembles a pancake, I do housecleaning, which I believe should be an Olympic sport.

Lunch is a light, at-home affair. The rest of the day (until 4 P.M.) is spent arranging author visits with schools, promoting, and writing. My work day ends at 4:15 P.M. when the children arrive home and take over the computer.

DMc: How would you describe your creative process while writing this book? Was it stream-of-consciousness writing, or did you first write an outline.

DR: I’ve always been a “fly by the seat of the pants” type of girl. I do use notes I jot down, but I never have been able to use an outline when I write. I admire writers who do.

DMc: From the moment you conceived the idea for the story, to the published book, how long did it take?

DR: Amelia Frump… took about a year. I’ve had other things published for adults, but writing for children is different, and I was never satisfied with how the story was progressing until just before I submitted it for publication.

DMc: What has been your most validating experience as an author at this time in your career?

DR: Having my first book (Amelia Frump…) published. It’s always great to have something published in an anthology or magazine, but a book with my name on the cover is very dear to me.

DMc: A signature request I like to ask every author, illustrator, editor, etc., I interview is for the individual to share with us a tidbit from their lives that the reader will find either humorous or surprising. Debbie, can you please share one with us?

DR: I was a very daring child with a creative imagination. In kindergarten, I tied a string to a hot link and dragged it behind me for a few hours. I thought if it was walked enough, it would turn into a wiener dog, something I always wanted.

Debbie, thank you for visiting with me today. Phew, I thought 5:30 am was early I can’t even imagine 4 am! I enjoyed getting to know you better and wish you all the best.

Learn more about Debbie:

Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYXknTUpNyE

Website: http://www.debbieroppolo.weebly.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/debbie.roppolo

Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.


  1. Thank you for the interview, Donna!

  2. Great interview, Debbie and Donna!

  3. Deb,
    I enjoyed your "weiner dog" story! Amelia Frump sounds like a fun book kids will love.

  4. Hi Deb:

    It was a delight to interview you and exciting to have you featured today.

    Val and Victoria:

    Thank you for stopping by today and getting to know Deb.

    Best regards,

  5. Great interview, Debbie! When you said you get up at 4 a.m. I almost passed out! lol If for no other reason, I am so glad my children are all grown and I can sleep as late as I want!

    FYI readers - Debbie also has a wonderful story in our just released Christmas anthology called - Klutzin' Around the Christmas Tree, which is also the title of the book! You won't want to miss this great collection of holiday stories!


  6. @ Val--Thanks!

    @Victoria--LOL That's one of the reasons my mother grayed early.

    @Donna--Thanks for having me!

    @DWB--Believe me, I couldn't function with coffee. ;o)

  7. Great interview. Sounds like a fun book to read.

  8. What a lovely interview! I learned lots about Debbie's life and book. Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. Great interview, love reading about how other authors get published and what their writing schedule looks like.

    Author of The Cancer Prayer Book

  10. Who wouldn't buy a book with the MC named Amelia Frump? Fabulous.

    Great interview. Thanks to both of you.

  11. Thanks to Donna for interviewing me, and to all of you for all your wonderful comments.

  12. Donna, I enjoyed the interview.
    As a peanut-butter-loving nut, I'm eager to meet Amelia Frump.

  13. Debbie-
    I enjoyed hearing how you work and give you lots of credit! You are truly dedicated.


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