An Interview with Lou Honderich: Author & Teacher
Sylvia: Welcome Lou. Please give our readers an introduction of yourself and a little about your book.
Lou: Thank you for interviewing me. My name is Lou Honderich and my husband and I live on a small farm in northwest Arkansas with our dogs, cats, horses and chickens. I have taught Kindergarten, first grade, PE, and special ed in elementary school. Currently I am volunteering at a therapeutic riding center with deaf and hard-of-hearing children. For pleasure I read and ride my horse.
My book reflects the interest I have in children in horses. In RICKI the heroine is a 10-year-old deaf girl who loves horses. Her dream is to win a blue ribbon at a horse show. Even though she rides very well, her inability to hear the announcer makes winning a particular challenge. The story incorporates American Sign Language, deaf culture, and the underlying horse theme.
Sylvia: Sound like a very inspiring book. What inspired you to write your first book?
Lou: The children I work with inspired me to write a story with characters like themselves. Also, I wanted a horse story that was different and entertaining.
Sylvia: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Lou: I would like readers of every age to see children with disabilities in a positive light, as regular kids.
Sylvia: It would be awesome if all children were accepting of each other. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Lou: If you have a story to tell, don’t give up. Keep writing!
Sylvia: What marketing techniques have you used to sell your books and which ones have been most successful?
Lou: Word of mouth via friends and Facebook have been very helpful. Also, signing books at horse shows has been productive.
Sylvia: Great techniques! Why should we buy your book?
Lou: Readers have found the heroine believable and likeable, the story interesting, and the horse theme appealing.
Sylvia: Is there a special place that you prefer when you write?
Lou: Our computer desk is by two windows overlooking the horse pasture. I can glance out the window for a lovely view of the horses grazing, as well as the bird feeder in the dogwood tree.
Sylvia: Sounds relaxing! What projects are you currently working on?
Lou: I am currently writing a book about two young girls in foster care.
Sylvia: thank you Lou! Please share your social media and book contact information.
Lou: Thanks again Sylvia.