Today on Grey Wolf’s Blog we bid a warm welcome to Gia Volterra de Saulnier, author of ‘Journey to Jazzland’ a children’s book promoting musical learning.
Born and raised in Fairhaven, Massachusetts and attended University of Lowell (now University of Massachusetts, Lowell). It was there that I learned to love jazz. I have been performing jazz and other kinds of music for over 20 years, throughout the New England area. I live in North Reading, Massachusetts with my husband Richard, and my son Charlie.
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Interview with Gia Volterra de Saulnier
How long have you been writing?
This is actually my first book, but I’ve been writing pretty much since High School.
What is the earliest work of yours that you have published or intend to publish?
“Journey to Jazzland” is a picture book that just got published this last July of 2013
Who were the earliest authors to be an inspiration for your writing?
I really liked Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes), Shel Siverstein (“The Giving Tree”) and Maurice Sendack (“Where the Wild Things Are”)
Which other authors do you consider to be an inspiration and for what reason?
I love J.K. Rowling’s story (who doesn’t love a rags to riches story) and also Claire Cook who wrote “Must Love Dogs” in her 40s and it got to National Best Seller and became a movie!
Are you inspired by any landscapes or buildings, or even towns and cities?
I guess I was inspired by Boston and Cambridge (MA) landscape for this particular book, but I like any landscape really, everywhere is different.
Which was the first book you published and why?
I actually wrote this book in 1999 for a class at Bunker Hill Community College “English Lit 102” where the project was to write and draw a picture book. I did all the original art work and all (crayons no less), and got an A on the project. I did try to get it published in 2000 and I got rejected. So the book sat on my shelf for over 12 years until my husband and his family pushed me to get it published. In 2012, I did some research on Facebook (of all things) and sent off an e mail to a fan page that did children’s picture books (Flying Turtle Publishing) http://www.flyingturtlepublishing.com and they said yes, they wanted to publish it.
Have you been surprised by a negative reaction to any of your work?
So far, I’ve been getting rather positive reactions, but I know that this book might not be for everyone. I am hoping for positive reviews, but not everyone will give me that response. I just want kids to like my book, I think that’s the most important.
Other than authors (and friends and family) who are your heroes?
I really love strong women but most of the heroes I know are unsung and in our Military that work really hard every day to make sure we live in a free country.
If you could go back in time to learn the truth about one historical mystery or disputed event what would it be?
Oh man, I’d love to learn what really happened to Mozart! Why did he die so young? What about Marilyn Monroe? Loved her too – really, I love any good mystery.