Let’s meet and get to know more about Author DJ Matthews. The Little Pink Dentist is her very first published book and a very wonderful chapter book at that.
About the book: Moon Yellowfoot is seven-years-old and she is Cherokee, just like her friend Lilly. Lilly’s dad is a dentist. He visited their school for career day and gave them all toothpaste, a toothbrush and dental floss. Moon stays with her Gram after school. Her Gram has an attic with a chest full of fun toys and dress up clothes where Moon plays. She finds a magical necklace in a little box inside the chest. Moon wonders what it’s like to be a real dentist. She discovers as she holds on to her necklace and makes a wish, that she is transported through time. She opens her eyes and sees a set of teeth. She is a real dentist and her first patient is waiting. Come with Moon on her wonderous adventure and discover what a dentist does and still be home in time for dinner.
Now let’s get to know the author, herself:
*Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I grew up in in rural North Alabama. I have four kids, two natural and two step children. When I’m not writing I enjoying reading, traveling, and crafts. I always have a book with me. Either on my phone, tablet or an actual page turner. I don’t have a specific genre I enjoy reading but I do lean toward mystery and suspense as my go-to genre but I read pretty much everything.
*When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing around age eleven. My mother showed me a poem that my great-grandmother wrote and I thought hmm I bet I can write one. I knew I wanted to be a writer when I entered a poetry contest and won honorable mention at the age of twelve but it would take nearly twenty-five years before I actually published anything.
* How do you deal with lingering thoughts of self-doubt or fear?
Boy that’s a tuff one. I lean on my family a lot.
When I feel my world sliding down that negative spiral, I try to do some sort of self-care like buy ice cream or go shopping for something that is just for me. A new book usually.
* If you could tell your younger writing self something, what would it be?
To never give up on your dream! You have something to offer that others want and need.
*What advice do you have for others who would like to get started on their writing journey and tips on getting published?
Write, write, write and read. The only way to get better is to practice and that comes from seeing well-crafted works as well as writing. Even if everything you write sounds dumb or bad you are still practicing. We had to practice walking before we could walk and not fall.
*What’s the first book that you read that had you in tears?
Morris Has a Cold by Bernard Wiseman. Though the tears were from laughter not sadness. I do remember the first movies that made me cry; Bambi and King Kong.
*Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good and bad reviews?
I try not to read the reviews but sometimes I can’t help it. I remind myself that bad comments are someone’s opinion and they are entitled to their opinion. I am not a fan of Country music but I know a lot of people who love it. If I could write a book that everyone loved, I’d be infamous. That’s why we have so many genres out there. I also try to take the negative criticism and glean something useful about it to improve my work.
*Who would you like to most thank in your writing career?
My husband, my family and my best friend. They have been instrumental in sharing my work with the world.
*Do you have any quirky writing habits? If so what are they?
I twirl my hair when I’m thinking. This happens a lot as I’m always thinking of new stories. I also tent to wake up at strange times to write. Sometimes super early or in the middle of the night.
*Do you believe in writer’s block? How do you handle it?
Absolutely! I usually walk away and do some sort of craft, go to the library or clean. Some writers swear by pushing through and just writing through it but I’ve found that doesn’t work for me.
*If you had a super power, what would it be?
To control time and speed typing so I could write more books!
* What is your best accomplishment?
*What’s your biggest pet peeve?
When a book has a lot of bad language in place of good descriptive words. I simply won’t read it no matter how interested I am in the book.
*Do you have a favorite color? How does it compare to your personality?
Purple. It’s a combination color just like me. I’m a lot of different things. Serious, quirky, bubbly, shy, happy, and sad.
*As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer, well a runway model first, then a writer. At five foot, I’m a bit short for the runway 😉
*What is your favorite book and why? Which of your books that you’ve had published is your favorite and why?
Boris has a cold is my favorite book. It’s the first book I remember reading by myself as a child. I have dyslexia and reading did not come easy. My favorite book I’ve published is the first ‘Little Pink’ book in the series because it represents my family. Some of the stories come from my boys and the series itself was inspired by my daughter and husband.
*How are you handling the pandemic?
I’ve done a lot of writing, reading, watching television and redecorating. I moved into a new house a few months before the lockdown so I’ve had plenty of things inside the house to keep me busy. When I feel stressed, I try to exercise or take a walk if it’s nice outside.
I really enjoyed getting to know more about DJ and I know you all did too. Grab a copy of her book for your little ones or yourself. Follow her on her social media account to keep up with the latest and greatest of what’s happening in her world. Author DJ Matthews. Also, keep up with what all we have going on on our FB page and stay in the know.