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Virtual Book Tour: Twiggy and the Lost Socks by Renée DeVincent #blogtour #interview #childrensbook #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @DevincentR47835

 



A Rhyming Backyard Adventure

 

Children's Book

Date Published: September 2023

 

Meet Twiggy! He loves to explore with his family finding treasures to store before winter. Fall is ending, and Twiggy finds a soft and fuzzy treasure to keep him warm during colder days. Unknown to him, it belongs to a girl searching for her favorite lost sock. Find out what happens when Twiggy and the girl come face to face. How will they cope with their complex emotions about the situation and each other?

 



Interview


 Introduce yourself and tell me about what you do.

 

Renée DeVincent is a Kansas-based graphic designer, illustrator, and writer. Her professional writing journey began in grant and technical writing shortly after earning her M.Ed. in Counseling. Transitioning from this field to embrace the role of a stay-at-home mom, she further cultivated her passion for crafting fictional short stories, literature, and fine art, ultimately culminating in a degree in Graphic Design. Her love for writing and illustrating grew as she read stories to her daughters, propelling her to write and illustrate her debut Children's Book, 'Twiggy and the Lost Socks.' Renée believes reading and storytelling are powerful ways to connect with others and foster a lifelong love of learning. Using a lighthearted rhyming style, inspired by nature, Renée uses her colorful illustrations and writing to self-awareness, responsibility, positive relationships, and a solid character.

 

Tell me more about your journey as an author, including the writing processes?

 

My journey as an author and illustrator has been an exciting exploration of creativity and self-discovery, stemming from a childhood immersed in books and art due to my family's frequent relocations in the military. This early passion grew over the years through formal learning and dedicated practice. The desire to inspire young minds through my stories and art was sparked while reading to my children, ultimately driving me to embark on my writing journey. When my children were older, I had the time and courage to publish and illustrate my debut book, Twiggy and the Lost Socks.

 

My creative process is a fusion of inspiration and structure. Starting with a resonating idea, I visualize the narrative and illustrations concurrently. After a solid mental foundation, I delve into outlining and meticulous research. I like spontaneously creating, experimenting with different approaches, and writing sections out of sequence. Revision plays a pivotal role; I iterate through numerous cycles, refining language, enhancing storytelling, and gathering insights from trusted beta readers.

 

When illustrations come into play, they offer a visual dimension to the narrative. This process is tightly intertwined with the story's development. I decide where visuals can enhance the experience, sketching and refining compositions while carefully selecting mediums for each piece.

 

Throughout this journey, I've understood the profound impact of storytelling in forging deep connections with readers. Realizing my words and art can inspire, educate, and entertain is humbling. Each stage of my creative process has illuminated facets of my identity, my craft, and the remarkable influence of stories in shaping the world.

 

 

Tell me about your Book 

 

Renée's debut book Twiggy and the Lost Socks is a story that illustrates personal growth, kindness, and the importance of understanding and connecting with those around us. It is a tale about a young squirrel who, through his experiences exploring, learns how to overcome his emotions to become the best possible version of himself, marked by empathy, bravery, and love for others.

 


Any message for our readers - I would think this message would change based on the audience, however, here is some promotional information. Please let me know if this isn't what you need here.

 

Renée has a new monthly newsletter — WildDays. Your backyard wildlife education hub! Where you can discover the wonders of your backyard neighbors. Get free, engaging activities such as art tutorials, word searches, crossword puzzles, and coloring pages for ages 3-9.

 

The newsletter features Renee's new BLOG — The Wild Truth. Empower kids with knowledge. Uncover truths, debunk myths, and learn to nurture our vibrant backyard ecosystems.


 

Story - I am still trying to figure out this question. Is it the same as #3? Here is another version of my book description. If it is just the title you want it is: Twiggy and the Lost Socks: A Backyard Adventure.

 

Meet Twiggy! He loves to explore with his family, finding treasures to store before winter. Fall is ending, and Twiggy finds a soft and fuzzy treasure to keep him warm during colder days. Unknown to him, it belongs to a girl searching for her favorite lost sock. Find out what happens when Twiggy and the girl come face to face. How will they cope with their complex emotions about the situation and each other?

 



About the Author

Renée DeVincent was born on an Army Base in Savannah GA. Her passion for reading and creativity developed at a young age. Growing up in a military family and moving frequently, books and art became a source of comfort and escape. Later in life, she embarked on her writing career, grant and technical writing, shortly after receiving her M.Ed. in Counseling. At the same time, she continued to develop her passion for fictional short stories, literature, and art, leading her to get an AAS degree in Graphic Design.

Reading books to her daughters inspired her to write and illustrate her first Children's Book, Twiggy and the Lost Socks. Renée believes reading and storytelling are powerful ways to connect with others and foster a love of learning. Using a lighthearted rhyming style, inspired by nature, Renée uses her colorful illustrations and writing to encourage self-awareness, responsibility, positive relationships, and a solid character.

Currently, Renée resides in the heart of Kansas with her two children and supportive husband of 30 years. When not writing or creating art, Renée loves to spend time with her garden, nature, the outdoors, and her many fur babies. Hazel the Doberman and Milo the Ragdoll cat, provide many hours of writing inspiration.

 

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