Introducing Alice Walsh, author of more than 15 books. She writes fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Her articles and short stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies.
- Alice, you have published books in three genres: children, teen and adult. Which is your favourite genre to write and why?
I like to write picture books for preschoolers and school-age children. There is a misconception that this genre is easy when, in fact, it can be quite challenging. I like taking a complex problem or concept and making it simple enough for a child to understand. My picture book, A Change of Heart, deals with racism, segregation, forgiveness, kindness, and overcoming hate.
- Of all the books you’ve written, which is your favourite and why?
I am often asked that question when I go into schools to conduct workshops. I tell the students that having a favorite book would be sort of like having a favorite child.
- With more than 15 books published, you’ve created many characters. Which one stands out the most? Why?
(Heroes of Isle aux Morts); and Lanier Phillips (A Change of Heart). They are all outstanding characters, and I hope I have done them justice in telling their story. My fictional character, Rabia (A Long Way From Home), has been described by critics as “a strong unique character.”
- What is the title of your most recently published book? What is it about?
My latest book, Last Lullaby, is a mystery set in a small fictional Newfoundland community. The main character, Lauren, takes on the most important case of her career. When her best friend Claire’s baby dies suddenly, it first appears to be a case of crib death. After it is discovered that the child died from Shaken Baby Syndrome, Lauren not only defends Claire, but sets out to solve the mystery.
- What is the title of your next book to be published? What is it about, and when will it be available?
5. On Saturday February 1st from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Dartmouth Book Exchange, you are celebrating “World Read Aloud Day”. Which book are you reading? Can readers buy books you’ve written at the event? If so, which books will be available?
I will be reading from my picture book Uncle Farley’s False Teeth. First published in 1998 by Annick Press, the book was recently republished by Nimbus. My other books will be available for purchase at that time.
- Do you have any events scheduled this spring? If so, please, let us know.
I will also take part in I Read Canada Reading Flash Mob. This will take place on February 19th at 6:30 p.m. at Dartmouth Book Exchange.
- Where can readers find you on the Internet?
Thank you, Alice, for the wonderful interview.