Author Spotlight: Tara Lazar

Author Spotlight: Tara Lazar

Happy Tuesday and welcome to Picture Book Spotlight!

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Today is a wonderful day. Everyday above ground is a wonderful day, but today is extra special. Because today is Tara Lazar day. Tara is one of my very favorite picture book authors. Hands down. If you haven't read one of her books, stop what you are doing right now. Stop reading. Go to a library or (even better yet) a bookstore. And checkout or buy EVERY SINGLE BOOK SHE HAS EVER WRITTEN.

I know. I know. By now you're used to my hyperbole. By now you're used to the all caps yelling. By now, you sort of expect the hype. Perhaps it's lost its novelty for you. And maybe you're thinking, Brian, when you go straight to the ceiling...where else can you go?

THE MOON!

That's where I can go.

TO. THE. MOON.

Let me reiterate. There is no actual quantifiable limit to the extent of my enthusiasm when I think someone is absolutely brilliant in every way. Which Tara is.

Okay. Okay. We get it. You like her books. We should read them. Tara is great.

But do you get it? Do you? If you have read her books, you probably do. If you haven't...there's no possible way you can. So please do yourself a favor and remedy this!

In all sincerity, I really do believe in Tara's voice and cannot recommend her books enough. I've learned so much about writing just in reading her work and her blog posts in my email are always a highlight of my day. Tara Lazar is the author of several hit picture books as well as the blog, Writing for Kids (While Raising Them). Be sure to visit and subscribe to follow her blog and give her a follow on Twitter.

Tara is doing a unique giveaway with this post so be sure to read to the end to find out more!

Like her interview and her books? Make sure to let her know! Here's Tara.

Cheese.

Name three things you can’t do your job without.

Quiet. More quiet. Cheese.

Where do you feel most inspired and why?

There’s not a place I feel most inspired, because I try to find inspiration wherever I am.

Tell us a little about your background and your path to publication prior to The Monstore. Why picture books?

Because they have pictures!

I have no quintessential days. I try to mix it up as much as possible. The only constant is cheese.