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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Interview with Erin Soderberg, author of Puppy Pirates

The fantastic and talented Erin Soderberg is at The Hiding Spot today to celebrate the release of her third Puppy Pirates book,  Catnapped. I've been a fan of Erin for years - I highly recommend you check out her YA novel, Kiss It, written as Erin Downing - so it's truly a pleasure to share this interview!


Catnapped is the third book in your Puppy Pirates series after the release of the first two books last year. Share one of your favorite reader responses to this series. 
When I visit schools, I’ll often share silly little stories about my dog that help to inspire the Puppy Pirates books and characters. One of the best things to come of this series is getting to hear a ton of other crazy dog stories from kids and their parents! Dogs do the funniest—and naughtiest—things, and everyone loves to talk about them! 
Tell me a little bit about your writing process: Do you outline? Start at the beginning? The middle? The end? 
The process for these books is really different from most of my other books, since they have to be written so quickly. The big secret is, I actually work with a friend on the series. She and I talk on the phone (or, if we’re lucky, chat in person) and brainstorm the overarching story idea and theme of the book. She then puts together a chapter-by-chapter outline before I launch into writing the first draft. I usually write a chapter a day when I’m drafting, and each day I read what I’ve written aloud to my kids (8, 8, and 9) who help me polish the jokes and add fun details. Then my writing buddy and I go back and forth a couple times, revising the book before we turn it into our editor. Writing these books with a friend—and my kids—makes them so much more fun! Also, my editor has been a close friend of mine for almost 20 years, so that makes the process even more fun. Can you tell I LOVE working on the Puppy Pirates series?! 
If you had to pick a favorite word, what would it be and why? 
There are many words I really like: awkward, mischief, goober, stubbly, to name a few. I also love the word Spindiddly from Natalie Lloyd’s novel A Snicker of Magic. That book is beautiful, and spindiddly is such a perfect word for so many different occasions! 
My blog is dedicated to my personal hiding spot, books. Name a notable book that provided you with a hiding spot. 
Baby-sitter’s Club (I used to curl up and hide in a smelly old couch in the corner of the public library to read this series all summer long), Harriet the Spy, the Ramona series, Nancy Drew, The Witches. Too many? I could go on and on! As an only child, books were my best friends and companions. 
What can readers look forward to next? 
I have a few things coming out in the next year and a half: three more Puppy Pirates adventures (Sea Sick, Ghost Ship, and Search for the Sea Monster), I just wrapped up the origin story for a new licensed brand that will be released by Macmillan this summer (and part of it is told in graphic novel format!), then in 2017 Simon & Schuster will publish my new tween novel called Moon Shadow (written as Erin Downing). It’s been a busy couple of years!

About the Book
Ahoy, mateys! Set sail for fun and adventure on a pirate ship full of puppies.

Fighting like cats and dogs? Exactly! The puppy pirates played a prank on the kitten pirates, and meow! The kittens sure are mad. Can the pups escape the kittens’ claws? It’s dog vs. cat, and may the best pirates win.

Two perennial kid favorites—dogs and pirates—combine in the new chapter book series perfect for fans of Rainbow Magic, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and Paw Patrol.
About the Author
ERIN SODERBERG has written many books for kids, tweens, and young adults, including THE QUIRKS and PUPPY PIRATES series.

Before turning to writing full time, Erin worked as a children’s book editor and marketer, spent a few months as a cookie inventor, and also worked for Nickelodeon. She lives, writes, and eats out in Minneapolis with her husband, three hilarious kids, and a mischievous goldendoodle named Wally.

Erin Soderberg also writes as Erin Downing. 


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