Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage Blog Tour and Interview


   Thieves, filthy rotten thieves, have stolen my precious! Not the script, not the script! We hates the script! But we promised, Smeagol promised. Fine. We will say the script.
   My sisters are coming out with a picture book and everyone needs to buy it. This is the next big thing, and if you read it now, you can say you knew about this book before it was famous! We knows about it! Of course we know! Gollum, gollum.
   We interviewed the author! Yes, precious. Yes, we did. We questioned it about the precious. No, not the precious! Master has the precious. Filthy Baggins! We...we interviewed...about the picture book! The picture book! The picture book. Read the interview about the filthy picture book.
   *Gollum starts to leave*
   But we promised to stay! Smeagol promised on the precious!
   Smeagol lied!
   *Gollum disappears into the rocks of Emyn Muil*

As a middle grade writer, what drew you to picture books?
I actually wrote picture books before I ever wrote chapter books (can you imagine a seven-year-old writing a novel?), so it’s kind of like a return to my roots. While I graduated to reading chapter books pretty early in life, I never stopped liking picture books. They’re fun and such a different way of telling a story. Plus, I wrote Carrie Mouse when I was a kid and it’s the one story from that era of my life that continually refused to let me go, so I had to publish it.

Will we be seeing any of your other picture books written in childhood on the publishing scene?
Nope. I’m not rewriting Margville’s Aliens, and I’m absolutely not publishing The Day of the Awful Lillian. I put snippets up on my blog last year, but that’s all you’re getting.

Will Carrie Mouse be your only picture book series?
The plan is no. Rebekah and I want to do more Carrie Mouse books, but we also want to write the Eww, Gross! stories about a wolf with a chronic runny nose. He’s the CEO of a butcher company and he’s always sneezing snot all over things. XD It’ll be fun. We’re planning to base the stories on fairy tales, but with a twist.

What motivated you to pursue this unique kind of illustrating as opposed to traditional drawing methods?

Because Rebekah’s good at sculpting. ;) For a long time, I wanted her to make figures to pose around the backyard and garage, but the specific style of sculpting we ended up using was inspired by Barbara Reid’s illustrations. You’d be surprised how many different ways there are to illustrate picture books, though. There are infinite drawing styles, different types of painting, blends of drawing and photoshopping, collages that make up illustrations, and then there are the people who pose toys and take pictures of them, and the people who make animals and other objects out of food. It’s quite interesting.

And finally, on a less serious note, which yet-to-be-released live action Disney movie are you most excited about?
Probably Aladdin. While I like Dumbo, it’s not one of my favorites, and you know how I feel about The Lion King. And I’m kind of afraid how Mulan might turn out. But even though the Genie won’t be Robin Williams, the first teaser for Aladdin looks really cool. (I’ve not really paid much attention to many other upcoming movies.) And you said I can’t count Star Wars, but I’m anxious to see Episode IX, since it’ll make or break the sequel trilogy—and potentially all Star Wars movies of the future.

   Martha Squirrel made her journey down the big hill seem like a grand adventure. But what happens when Carrie Mouse disobeys her mama and explores the giant garage?
   Inspired by a true story, Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage tells the story of a young mouse who gets trapped in the garage of the human house at the bottom of the hill. Beautifully illustrated with clay sculptures, this is a book you won’t want to miss!

About the Author
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. She is the author of several middle grade novels including the Time Captives fantasy trilogy and one YA fairy tale retelling novella entitled Twisted Dreams. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first picture book.

To learn more about Morgan and her work, visit:

About the Illustrator

Rebekah Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia with her parents, sisters, and yellow Labrador named Sophie. She has been working with Sculpey since age nine, and sells her creations in the Klay Kottage Etsy shop. She also creates and sells stuffed animals and knitted goods. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, and playing cello and piano. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first book. 

To learn more about Rebekah and her work, visit:
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   Morgan and Rebekah will be giving away a signed copy of Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage with a handmade Carrie Mouse doll! Second prize is a signed copy of the book only. Be sure to enter the giveaway!
   Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.
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