About the Author:
Hazel Nutt is a baby who is nutty about nature, especially squirrels, whom she often has a good natter with. They tell her their secrets and her parents help her write them down to share with the world, as picture books.
Loving nature is really important to her and Hazel Nutt hopes to make sure that lots of other kids get nutty about nature as well.
She also likes to blog about her observations on life and teach other toddlers how to train their parents.
MF: Hi, Hazel. You’ve taken an interest in the literary world at a very young age and I’m very impressed. Your parents must be really busy keeping up with your schedule of blogging, picture book reviewing and writing a picture book trilogy. How did you train them to be so efficient?
HN: I am the centre of my parents’ world! It is only natural that they do what they think is best for me, so directing them as to what I want them to write about or review is dare I say it – child’s play. The same as any child, everything that my parents do is only about me and if they don’t like it, they can lump it.
I have them wrapped around my little finger good and proper – there is no escape!
MF: The most pressing question is why squirrels? What inspired you to write about them and are there any other furry creatures you might write about in the future.
HN: Squirrels are the first wild animals that I really took notice of. Whilst being pushed in my buggy, I’d look up into the trees and see these little fuzzy balls of fur jumping from tree to tree and being so cheeky I just had to know what they were up to. My parents were looking ahead of them and missed many of the antics I saw squirrels get up to! That was the initial idea that these picture books came from.
I love lots of furry creatures and feathered ones too. I am completely nutty about nature, so yes there will be plenty more animal and bird picture books. I particularly like owls, ducks and foxes, as well as squirrels.
MF: Tell us about the What Squirrels Do picture book series.
HN: Ideal for an adult and child to read together the “What Squirrels Do” picture book series combines imaginative rhyme with delightful illustrations. The books inspire little imaginations and instil the seeds of a lifelong love for reading and nature.
This trilogy of picture books that gives people an insight into these curious creatures, not EVER revealed to the public before. It will shock you to know some of the devious tricks squirrels play, it will solve some of life’s mysteries, like why there are shopping trolleys in the middle of the woods, and they will make you laugh.
What Squirrels Do When You Are Not Looking – this book answers some of life’s mysteries like why car alarms go off in the middle of the night – squirrels have something to do with the answers.
What Squirrels Do: The Squirrel Olympics – Human Olympics take place every four years, but squirrels get up to all sorts of fun events like squirrel bunjee jumping or limbo dancing all year around when everyone’s backs are turned.
What Squirrels Do: Just For Fun – A look at the everyday antics of squirrels and what they might do to keep themselves entertained, like swinging on the ivy like Tarzan, or pulling faces at people behind their backs.
These books cannot fail to bring a smile to the faces of both toddler and whoever is reading the book to them – Mummy, Daddy, brother, sister, grandparent or carer. The ideas could just be true – who really knows what squirrels get up to while people are looking the other way?
You can find these books on Amazon as paperbacks and Kindle ebooks.
MF: Besides interviews, what are some ways in which you promote your work? Do you find that these add to or detract from your writing time?
HN: My parents (and I) are in the midst of a blog tour promoting the “What Squirrels Do” picture book trilogy. As well as interviews, they are contacting people for reviews, book spotlights, write guest posts for etc. There is not much fiction writing going on this month, as they are busy emailing people to fill the dates, writing answers to interviews and writing guest posts! They quite like the spotlights and reviews as they don’t need too much work on their behalf!
It all culminates on the 31st March with a virtual book signing day on http://www.WhatSquirrelsDo.com (all the books just might be free on Kindle that day as well, but Shhh don’t tell too many people)!
MF: Do you have a favorite picture book that you read over and over?
HN: At any given moment I have about 6 favorite picture books that have to be read over and over. These can change at the drop of a nappy, but these are this weeks favorites:
• Meg’s Eggs by Helen Nicoll & Jan Pienkowski
• What Squirrels Do When You’re Not Looking by Hazel Nutt
• A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton
• Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney (illustrated by Anita Jeram)
• Pirate Pat by Mairi Mackinnon (illustrated by Mike and Carl Gordon)
• Clip Clop by Nicola Smee
MF: Assuming your parents would let you, and the laws of the universe were agreeable, would you consider jumping into a book and living in that world? If so which would it be?
HN: At the moment, I think that I am happy living in this world, as everyday I am discovering something new and exciting (however mundane it might seem to adults). It is fascinating to watch how a cup of tea is made, and watching the washing machine go around and around!
As I do already have a love of reading (or should I say listening to my parents reading to me), I can immerse myself into the pictures of books as I listen to my parents read them over and over again. When and if life gets a little less fun, I know how to experience a different world for a while.