Dear Audrey and Don,
Just had to let you know how much we love Piggy Pie Po. I have 2-year-old twin girls, and Piggy Pie Po is their favorite book. When it’s time to read stories, they say, “Pie Po! Pie Po!” I tell them to go get the book off their shelf, and they smile so big, so proud of themselves for finding their favorite book.
Our favorite part: “He ate a pepper. So hot! So red!” When we get to that line, I grab the girls’ hands and raise them up in the air. They love it.
When I write stories I often use a technique I have deveoloped to become empathic with my future readers I imagine a circle of about six children and several adults who are listening to me as I create then edit story. Visualizing the audience I want to reach helps me in a mysterious, magical way. First off it relaxes me, I am surrounded by wonderful ,attentive, supportive people who are happy to be a part of my writing process. . Even though this is an imaginary audience, this practice has proved very helpful. Basically when I sist down tio write , I visualise my audience , seeing each one clearly both adult and child. Then I put them at the back of my mind as I set to work writing. As I write I can feel my audience When fans share the experiences they have with our books, more imaginary readers are added to my circle.