Angie Azur is a YA Sci-fi Writer.
Writer for PALEO Magazine.
Former Intern at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
SCBWI & COWG Member.

Monday, January 20, 2014

New Interview with Author Savannah Hendricks: Child Genius 101: The Ultimate Guide to Early Childhood Development

 I met Savannah the first time back in May 2013. She gave a great interview then. So of course I had to say yes when she asked about an interview for her newest book, Child Genius 101: The Ultimate Guide to Early Childhood Development.

At first I wasn't sure early childhood development was something I'd really worry about if I was back in that early infant stage. But after reading this interview, I would definitely buy Savannah's book. She makes some great points and it's not difficult to do. And with all of our busy lives, this book just might slow us down a bit and enjoy learning with out babes.

Below are the questions I asked her:

Describe your book in 5 words:

Simple, fun, easy, quality time

Why should parents worry about early childhood development?

A lot of current issues we see with education are revolving around school teachers having to focus on tests preparation verses actual learning. We also have parents working more and non-typical hours, all while struggling during economically tough times. But what is most important to know about early childhood development is not only the incredible benefit their child’s future but also that it’s incredibly easy to do!

What was the most unique or inspiring information you found about babies and learning?

Not only are infants more intelligent than we give them credit for at their age, but their abilities to learn doesn’t have to be complex. I first realized this with a 3 month old who was able to use baby sign language to tell her mom or I (the nanny) she wanted milk or a bottle.

Why did you write this book?

The idea to expand on what knowonder! had started with Talk Time came when I was working on new topics and kept having to restrain myself from adding more. I then brought my ideas to the publisher and we went from there to develop Child Genius 101.

How long did it take to write this book?

This is a challenging question because some of the parts for the book were already completed when the actual book writing started. But it took roughly three months to make all of the additions before sending the first draft to the publisher for review. Once I got the flow down completing Volume 2 and 3 went much more quickly.

What time do you get up and what do you eat for breakfast?

I get up at 6:00am because I have a 40 hour work week outside of writing, but my dogs get me up by 7:00am on my days off. I always have Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats. That is my go to cereal for as long as I can remember.

How did you research for this book? Interviews? Online? Books? Other?

I drew a lot from my education and nanny background for the activities. I did use the library, my own book shelf, and internet to search out the resources for each topic.  However the activities were from things I created as a nanny.

There is a picture of a sweet baby on the cover. Did you choose the cover?

No that was chosen by the publisher. But it is a cute baby!

Who is your target audience?

All parents and caregivers, from those having their first child to those with an entire house full of kids.

Where do you go for a great cup of joe or tea in your town?

I rarely drink coffee or tea. But on the special occasion that I do, my kitchen. I love a cup of black coffee.

Who are you reading right now?

Light on Snow by Anita Shreve

Has anyone in your past helped to influence your writing for the better?

My wonderful friend David used to review my papers for college and he taught me a lot about editing, because we would sit and go over it together. That has carried over to my writing for sure.

What is your goal for this book in 2014?

To spread the word of what a wonderful and easy resource it can be for even the busiest of parents.

Are you working on anything else?

I am always working on new stories both for adult and children markets. My main focus right now is finalizing a chapter book and adult novel.

You have a blog: The Seashells of Life – What is it about? Why should readers read it?

The Seashells of Life | Author Savannah Hendricks
I blog about everything from my dogs to writing. I like to include a lot of humorous posts such as my reoccurring “3 Things I Learned This Week.”

Who is Phillip J. Chipping?

Phillip is the founder/publisher of knowonder! (for both books and the online content), he is also the co-author of Child Genius 101. knowonder! has been growing extensively in their content to increase childhood development through literacy.

What words of advice do you have for newbie writers?

Have someone else edit and read your work, someone that does not sugar coat it.

How can my blog readers help you to become an even bigger success?

Share! Share! Share! Word of mouth is incredibly important in a world full of newly released books. New names are most often lost among the well known authors. Even if the book is not a good fit for you, it’s possible that it is for a friend, so spread the word.

What one word best describes you?


Where can my readers go to buy your book?

Amazon is probably the easiest for most, but they can purchase it from many other venues such as links on Goodreads.

Any big news?

Unfortunately nothing I can openly speak of at this exact moment. But once I can “speak up” I will let others know via my blog, Instagram, and Facebook.

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