Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Fascinating interview with Barbara Ann Mojica!

I would like to introduce you all to the talented Barbara Ann Mojica, read on…

Title:                     Little Miss History Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE

Author:                                Barbara Ann Mojica

Page Count:       36

ISBN:                     978-0-9885030-0-7

Genre:                  children's non-fiction

Cost:                      $13.95 US

Product Details

Can you tell me something about yourself?

I am a historian and retired educator living in New York State in the United States. I hold a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in History. I spent more than 40 years teaching in New York City and possess  New York State teacher certifications in Elementary, Special Education, and Administration. I also spent several years as a Special Education Administrator and principal of a special education preschool for developmentally delayed children.  Although retired from teaching,  I am staying busy: along with my forthcoming series of  Little Miss HISTORY travel books I write historical pieces for The Columbia Insider, Pat Fisher and Ed Pollack Editors, under the banner “Passages”.  In addition I review children's books on my blog twice weekly.  Marrying my love of history and teaching, I hope that my Little Miss HISTORY character will inspire children to learn about historical people, and visit landmarks such as the one covered in this book, Mount Rushmore.

I have read your reviews and am very impressed.     

What inspired you to write?

Now that I am retired from teaching and administration, I have the time to go back to researching and writing, which I have always loved. In college and graduate school I majored in history and English so I've spent a lot of time researching and writing ; I got back to that by writing historical pieces. My career focused on a love of teaching and children so I thought, “Why not write for children?”  A new core curriculum recently adopted here in the US now emphasizes the use of non-fiction over fiction in the classroom. I thought why not introduce a whimsical character to make learning history fun. That is how Little Miss HISTORY popped into my mind. As you might have guessed, she is largely autobiographical.

Yes, I have read your  book and can see how attractive it would be to children.

Who are you favourite authors?

My favourite authors for adult literature are Stephen King, James Patterson, John Grisham and Pearl S. Buck. In the field of children's literature, I love all the classic books in the Golden Book series. Some of my favourite authors are Jan Pfloog, Maurice Sendak, Eric Carle, Donald Crews, Don Freeman and Eve Bunting.

Can you tell me something about your latest book?

Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore is the first in a series of  books using the Little Miss History character as a guide. She looks like a wannabe park ranger with pig tails and hiking boots three sizes too big. With her as a guide learning about people and places of historical importance will be fun and educational. I have already written four more books in the series. The second book taking her to The Statue of Liberty is currently being illustrated and will be available in a couple of months.

Sounds like another interesting read.

 How long did it take you to write it?

It takes about two months for each book. I reread and revise the manuscript several times before it is illustrated. If needed, I revise my work as new material or developments occur.

Can you tell us something about the writing process, do you have a set time for writing, did you do any research or anything else of interest that was involved?

I am always working on my next adult historical article for the biweekly news magazine. My blog goes online on Wednesdays and Sundays so I am reading and reviewing children's books for that. Typically I start each day by answering email, phone calls, and using social media for marketing and promotion. The rest of the day is spent researching, reviewing books, writing and/or editing. I consult with my husband, who is also my illustrator and publisher. There is no set order of doing things, but I do like to keep way ahead of deadlines.

What do you think readers will come away with when they have finished your book.

I want children to be inspired to learn about historic people, places and events, but more importantly to have fun while they are doing that!  Adult reviewers have told me that they wished they had books like this when they were in school. Children love the fact that it is a picture book with a character with whom they identify. Maybe they will convince their parents and/or teachers to journey with them to visit some of these sites as well.

Fun is very important.


When you travel to Mount Rushmore you will see the heads of four of our most famous presidents carved into the granite rocks of the Black Hills of South Dakota. They are from left to right: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Today more than 3 million people visit Mount Rushmore each year. The face of Jefferson was planned for Washington's right side, but the rock was poor so they had to dynamite it and carve a new face on Washington's left side. The carvings are scaled to men who would stand 465 feet tall. Each eye is 11 feet across! The presidents' noses are 20 feet long! Their mouths are 18 feet wide!  Every worker had to climb 506 steps to the top of Mount Rushmore each day. More than 800 million pounds of stone were taken away. Most of it was removed by dynamiting the rock. No one died during the whole time of construction. That is an amazing record!


Thank you so much for this opportunity to share my story with your readers today, Diane.

And thank you Barbara for giving us an insight into your work.

Any other links of interest:

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