Ruby Jacks Rats Author Interview with Christine Lenoir
Paris, Texas is blossoming with talent and reaching for the sky is local business owner Christine Lenoir. This little lady has recently published her very first children’s book called Ruby Jack’s Rats. Inspired by her daughter Ruby Jack, this fictional story paints a colorful picture of a girl learning to groom her hair. The official release of the book is slated for September 14th at Paris Baby in Downtown Paris. There will be a book reading at 10:30 AM, 11AM, and 12PM. Come and see how the book came to life. Purchase a copy, meet Ruby Jack, and receive a sweet surprise from Creative Candy Designs. There will be free Ruby Jacks Rats coloring sheets for the kids and lots of fun for everyone. Ruby Jack and Christine will be signing books at the party so don’t miss it!! Special thanks to Paris Baby and Creative Candy Designs. Christine & her husband Richard own and operate Main Trading Company right here in Paris and have always been pillars in the community. We had the opportunity to ask Christine a few questions about her book and here is what she had to say…
What inspired you to write the book? Ruby Jack’s Rats is a children’s fiction book. My inspiration came from Ruby Jack, my daughter. She’s five and loves to be read to. She has a hugh imagination. For fun I would just get down on her level and be silly with her. We made up this story while we brushed her hair. As we brushed, each morning we would fight the tangles. For fun, we named the tangles or the “rats”. It was a distraction for her to think of these imaginary rats rather than the tangles I was trying to get out. All of the rats had their own personality. To this day we are still naming rats in her hair and playing this silly game to get us through the tangles in the morning. I have found there are so many fun experiences we can have with our kids if we will just play with them, laugh with them, be little like them. That is how this story came to life.
Who would be your biggest influence? My biggest influence would have to be my mother. You know they say that we turn into our parents as we age and I can definitely see that happening. She has always been my biggest fan no matter what I was jumping in to. My mom, Patricia Boyd, was raised in the country and still lives north of Clarksville. She and my Dad enjoy the simple things in life. They were and still are great, down to earth, supporting parents.
Do you plan on making this a series?
I would love to do more of these. Yes. I actually have three others written but not ready. And the ideas for more enter my head daily. If this one does well that would actually give me a nudge to work on a second for sure!
Have you written any other books in the past? This is the very first book I have written and published. My writing in the past has been only for radio and television commercials and such.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Leslie Satcher. Now as far as I know she is not an author. She is a song writer. She was from our area. I loved to listen to her songs. Many of her songs had a little something that maybe you couldn’t hear at first listen. You had to dig a little deeper to grasp it. I enjoyed that about her writing. I was in country radio for so long. I met and interviewed numerous singers and song writers. I saw the process of writing songs. I know about creative thinking. I wrote jingles and commercials for years. If anything, really, just the years of music and radio would probably be my biggest influence.
What are you reading now? I hate to disappoint but I am not reading anything for myself right now, unless you count Dick and Jane as I try to teach Ruby Jack to read. I always enjoy reading short stories, news articles and of course anything to do with my faith, blogs by Christian women for instance.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us Christine and we wish you and your family the best as the book spreads around the world!
For more information or to purchase a copy please call (903) 737-0773
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