A new genre, a new adventure

I love learning new things! After finding myself with more creative energy these last few months, my muse has taken me in an entirely new direction. I’ve ventured from the world of contemporary romance to … wait for it … the magical land of children’s picture books!

It feels like I’m the new kid in school. I’m having to learn a new set of [writing] rules, understand how the new “teacher” likes to do things [SCBWI vs RWA] and make new [kid’s author] friends. It’s exciting and daunting and fascinating all at once, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the ride.

With a background as a teacher librarian and now working in the children’s book industry, I always thought I’d like to try my hand at writing for children. I did not, however, expect it to happen so soon. But when the muse calls, you follow.

And so I find myself working on a series of picture books that aim to encourage young girls to be ambitious and work hard to achieve their dreams. I’m super excited about the concept! Given the recent success of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo (a copy of which I’m STILL trying to get my hands on as everywhere is sold out!), there’s definitely a market this series would appeal to.

Lastly, I’d like to announce (and those of you that know me well won’t be surprised) that I hope to publish my children’s work under my own name, Libby Iriks. My use of Monique Hall as my pseudonym is a whole different story, but wanting to publish under my own name essentially means I’m having to establish myself from scratch in the world of writing.

I’m going to continue to blog here, but I have created a new site under my own name where I intend to write about my favourite picture books. If you have an interest in children’s literature or you are a parent or grandparent or teacher (or know someone who is), I’d love for you to visit me over at True Blue Librarian or at my Facebook Page, Libby Iriks.

As always, thanks for your support and thanks for reading!

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