Penelope Pendleton and the Peculiar Purple Plumage
Genre: Children’s Picture Book, Anthology
Date of Publication: April 2018
Word Count including glossary: 1213
Penelope’s perfectly planned picnic turns into a day filled with crazy mishaps that include a gigantic purple feather and more.
Joined by her best friend they have an adventure that winds them through the town leading to a wonderful ending. Told in a tongue twister of a story written mostly with the letter “P”. “P” words describing foods, places, things, actions, and much more. Included is a glossary of 60+ “P” words used throughout the book.
“Penelope Pendleton and the Peculiar Purple Plumage” is a special book developed to aid increasing a child’s vocabulary in a fun manner! The artistic illustrations are well done by the author Elva. The glossary of the “P”words is also unique to this book. It is not very often you see a glossary in a children’s picture book. Penelope, the giant purple parrot and Paulina are the best characters and they are the main focus of the plot. As you turn each entertaining page, you will widen your child’s vocabulary, and broaden their horizons. Perk their interest in something new, and vastly different from other mass market children’s picture books. I recommend “Penelope Pendleton and the Peculiar Purple Plumage” to children ages 2-10.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Elva Gamiao has been writing creative short stories and poetry since childhood. Her works are inspired by real life events that are expressed through children’s picture books or short novels, some written in the style of alliteration. Elva has a passion of infusing her stories with complex vocabulary, providing a glossary for “new words” to assist children of all ages in learning and reading.
Elva has been a real estate agent for 16+ years, she’s decided to start her new journey as an author and illustrator. Elva lives with her husband of 20+ years, 4 happy rescue cats and a spoiled Papillon named Yoyo.
First, I want to thank Elva Gamiao for doing the interview with me. Read the interview below and found how intriguing she can be.
- What is your writing process? I’ll usually have an idea for a story and start with jotting down ideas and writing phrases and coming up with how the story should go. Next, it’s writing it out and seeing how the story comes together and how well it flows. I re-read it and check if there are any areas that need changing or fine tuning and make them. After I’m done with the 1st draft I usually send it to my editor and she’ll send it back with any changes or let me know if it’s good to go.
- Who are your largest author influences? I grew up reading the classic fairy tales, but my favorites were Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Heidi by Johanna Spyri and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Ronald Dahl.
- What is your favorite book? Oh, there are so many I guess if I had to choose one that I loved since childhood it would be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- What is your latest news? I just finished up two manuscripts, both are children’s book. One will be a picture book and I’ve partnered with a talented illustrator. The other is a short-chaptered children’s novel where I will be doing the illustrations.
5. What are the five things people do not know about you?
- I’m an obsessive writer, I’ll write non-stop or wake up and start writing if I have an idea.
- I’m a night owl.
- I love coffee.
- I love food delivery.
- I don’t drink soda
6. What genre do you write? I love to write children’s fiction and fantasy fiction.
- How do you come up with characters for Penelope Pendleton and the Peculiar Purple Plumage?? I came up with Penelope Pendleton as a character I could relate to when I was a child, Paulina her friend is my childhood friend and we had the same nickname. The rest of the characters just fell into place.
- What are your favorite characters in a Penelope Pendleton and the Peculiar Purple Plumage and Why? Definitely the girls, Penelope and Paulina because as friends they were invested in following the giant parrot everywhere. I would have done the same, the other characters including the birds are my favorites also.
- Is there a message behind Penelope Pendleton and the Peculiar Purple Plumage? I think the message was that even in the craziest situations, there’s always good that can come of it. I love that what could have been a menace turned into something lovely.
- Why did you pick the title Penelope Pendleton and the Peculiar Purple Plumage? I chose the title because it was so much fun to say.
- Why did you choose to illustrate Penelope Pendleton and the Peculiar Purple Plumage instead of hiring a freelance illustrator? I had a couple of illustrators that were interested, but I chose to do it myself because I wanted a certain look and feel for the drawings. I’m not a professional artist at all but I tried my best and had fun with it.
- Did you hand draw the pages in Penelope Pendleton and the Peculiar Purple Plumage or use a software like Adobe Illustrator? I hand drew and hand colored everything.
- Did you write down a manuscript to assist in organizing pages Penelope Pendleton and the Peculiar Purple Plumage? I wrote the Penelope story straight out I didn’t expect it to turn into a manuscript at all or be something I would eventually publish. I usually write short funny alliteration stories to help when I’m stuck on something else that I’m writing.
- Who did you dedicate Penelope Pendleton and the Peculiar Purple Plumage to and why? I dedicated the book to my grandparents Paul and Elva Elsner, because my entire life from childhood to adulthood they let me know that anything was possible. When you’re raised by two people who support and love you no matter what the world they’ve presented to you is always filled with magic.
- Why is important to teach children more complex words? When I was growing up my grandpa just read to me, and not just children’s books but books with all type of words. Anything I didn’t know I’d ask him and he’d bring out this huge dictionary and we’d look it up and he’d explain it to me until I understood what that word meant. Children, are very intelligent as they absorb what they’re taught like a sponge, introducing complex words aren’t complex once they know them.
- Do you like Doctor Seuss’s children’s picture books and if so why or why not? I LOVE Doctor Seuss!! Those books are so much fun with the rhyming and surreal pictures. It has opened my mind up to so much creativity when I was little.
- What do you like about being a Real Estate Agent, and did you pass the exam on the first try? It took me 3 times to pass the state test, because I would over think the questions. I have always loved houses and can appreciate floorplans and the construction of the homes. Being able to match a person or family with a house that fits them makes me very happy.
- Do you hope to own your own agency/business one day? No, I’d rather represent a company doing the best job I could do instead of wanting to own an agency myself.
- How many books do you read a year? I used to read around 3-5 in a year, but lately since I’m writing I’m only working on a couple right now.
- What is the last book you read? Diana Gabaldon: Outlander Series (Book 4) – Drums of Autumn
- What is the hardest part in writing Penelope Pendleton and the Peculiar Purple Plumage? The writing wasn’t the hardest part, it was the illustration.
- What did you enjoy about writing Penelope Pendleton and the Peculiar Purple Plumage? I enjoyed that I was laughing every time I came up with the next line to write, it was such a fun process.
- How long did it take for you to write Penelope Pendleton and the Peculiar Purple Plumage? The story I had down in 45 minutes, the editing and revisions about 4 hours.
- Do you have any children or pets? If so, do they distract you, or assist you with writing? I don’t have any children, but I do have fur babies. They don’t distract me from writing they usual inspire me.
- Have you travel for your book, if so where? I didn’t travel for Penelope, I might travel for it’s sequel just to get inspiration.
- Do you have a day job, you would be comfortable sharing? Do you have any good stories about your day job, you would like to share? I did have a full time real estate job, but I’ve recently decided to dedicate my passions to writing full time and being a real estate agent part time.
- Do you have a muse? If you do, what do you love the most about him or her? I have a few, they’re my family members my next two books are about a little boy who’s inspired by my husband. The other is a special little girl inspired by my niece, I love that they have the greatest personalities and passions.
- What are your next writing projects? I’m working on a YA novel about a girl who’s never left her neighborhood going on a dangerous magical journey.
- What are your writing or publishing goals in the future? My goals are to write my books in a series collection, because I have so many ideas for future books. I’ve already committed to continuing Penelope Pendleton as a series of alliteration stories with another one coming out this year. The next two books I’m releasing will also be a series as well as the YA novel I’m working on and another children’s book topic about nature. I love that I can continue telling these stories with more books.
- How can fans reach you directly?
Facebook (I check this one daily): https://www.facebook.com/elvawrites
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