Let’s get to know a little more about the wonderful, huge-hearted and talented Author and Illustrator, Lindsay DeRollo. Which, by the way, is “officially” not only a children’s author, but an author of the Young Adult genre as well, with her newest release, “Prima Ballerina : A Short Story.”
*Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a children’s book author and illustrator in Central New York. I have written/illustrated a ballet book series titled “Sugarplum Stars” (and have some other stories coming out soon!). I have also written short stories (fiction) and poetry.
*When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing stories and poems for fun since I was about ten years old, and this was when I first knew that I would become an author someday. I wanted to write books that I would enjoy reading just as much as the books I loved to read. I wanted other readers to get excited to enter a new world of imagination and discovery the way that I did, and to be able to relate to the characters.
*How do you deal with lingering thoughts of self-doubt or fear?
I remind myself that just because I have a different writing/illustration style than other [more popular] authors does not necessarily mean that I am not just as talented. It is important to have your own unique style and way of getting across your messages in your stories. I also take comfort in having great editors and book reviewers/supporters to help me improve my work and give me valuable feedback. I take pride in the good reviews and awards I have received and never take anything for granted, especially the chance that I got to publish my books (for free) and join a good publishing company
*If you could tell your younger writing self something, what would it be?
That it will take a lot of time, learning, critiques and patience (and purchasing books can be costly after a while) to build yourself up as an author. It can get frustrating at times, which is inevitable. It will not happen overnight, and it may take a long time to find a publisher (or to self-publish) for your work. But it will be worth it to share your stories with others and to know that they enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. Also don’t ever forget why you began writing in the first place. For me it is about fulfillment and the joy of expressing myself and creating characters that other people (including myself) can relate to. Don’t ever give up!
* What advice do you have for others who would like to get started on their writing journey and tips on getting published?
Read as many books as possible in the writing genre/format that you wish to create. Research as much as you can about writing (there is a ton of free information at your local libraries and online) and take a writing class to learn and get feedback on your work. Reach out to as many writers as you can and build new relationships. It is critical to find other people who can offer you advice, feedback and support for your work. In my case I began by self-publishing through Amazon (it’s pretty simple to do and it does not cost anything other than if you purchase your own books). Later on, through a writing friend I met on Facebook, I found a great publishing company and here I am today.
*What’s the first book that you read that had you in tears?
This is a tough question because I have read too many books to count throughout the years. The first thing that comes to mind are some memoirs and novels (mostly written for young adults) that were about mental health issues that I have struggled with. It was a relief to learn that I was not alone.
* Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good and bad reviews?
Absolutely! Reading book reviews are critical for every author in my opinion. It is so important to get feedback on what people like and don’t like about your stories. It is such a great feeling to get good book reviews. But remember that we all get bad reviews from time to time (especially if you’re just starting out) and it’s just a part of the learning process. I try not to take it personally. Even best-selling authors get some bad reviews; you can’t please everyone.
* Who would you like to most thank in your writing career?
All of my family members, friends and mentors who have supported and helped me with my books. And especially the fantastic publishing company I am in now
*Do you have any quirky writing habits? If so what are they?
I think all writers have some quirky writing habits; it’s what makes us stand out from others. Everyone writes stories with characters that have their own fun (and quirky) personalities. Without these types of different (and relatable) characters the stories wouldn’t be very interesting to read.
*Do you believe in writer’s block? How do you handle it?
Absolutely- we all experience it sometimes. Sometimes it can be helpful to just take a break and not to force it. Inspiration often comes when you least expect it.
* If you had a super power, what would it be?
How about having an endless supply of money?? (Haha)
* What is your best accomplishment?
Making the number one new best-sellers list (for children’s dance books) for all three of my books on Amazon. I still can’t believe it!
* What’s your biggest pet peeve?
People who bash others for their personal opinions on certain matters. If you can’t agree on something, let it be and “agree to disagree”.
* Do you have a favorite color? How does it compare to your personality?
Pink. I guess you could say that my personality is very creative and colorful (underneath the shyness), and I love fashion and all things cute.
* As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An artist and a writer (ta-da!). Perhaps a fashion designer as well and an art therapist.
*What is your favorite book and why? Which of your books that you’ve had published is your favorite and why?
I don’t have a favorite book as I have read too many books that I loved. Some of my favorite authors include Sarah Dessen, Jodi Picoult, Gillian Flynn and S.J. Watson. I love psychological suspense novels as well as realistic YA novels that I can relate to (from my past experiences).
My favorite book that I wrote is probably “If the Slipper Fits…” I think that my stories and illustrations have improved with every new book I created. I also like the theme of learning not to compare yourself to others. It’s what makes you unique and how you feel about yourself that truly counts.
* How are you handling the pandemic?
I am handling it pretty well, but I do get frustrated sometimes (as we all do). I have to remind myself to be grateful that I am healthy (as well as my family members and friends) and in a comfortable situation financially, and will always have a good support system.
*Where can we stay connected with you? What are your social media links?
I am always very active on social media.
Here are the links to them, as well as my email address:
*Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org