Today, we are honoured to have an interview with author Lee Curniffe. Earlier this year, Lee published his debut, children’s picture book, The Three Princesses. Lee is positive, charming and has a wonderful story for what inspired him to write his book.
Where do you come from and how has this place influenced your writings?
My grandparents on both sides were born in Jamaica, but my parents were born in the UK and so was I. The Three Princesses pays homage to Jamaica and Caribbean lifestyle.
This blogger: I love it when people recognise where they have come from and use it as inspiration. Well done to you for incorporating your roots into your book.
The Three Princesses is your debut book. How long have you wanted to write a book for, and what two things inspired you to write this one?
Yeah, this is the first book I’ve written. I started writing the book in June last year. It was inspired by my daughter, Keivah. She wanted me to read her a bed time story, and another one, and another one. So, I thought I could make a story up that was just as good and braised the story on her to grab her interest. People that I shared the book with told me it was good enough to be sold, which inspired me to finish writing it.
What genre is the book in and who is the target audience?
The book is a fairytale/bedtime story, aimed for children from 3+ and aimed at girls that see themselves as princesses. I want the book to be on every little girl’s bookshelf.
This blogger: Which little girl doesn’t see herself as a princess? (*Laughs*.) You certainly have got the right target audience in mind for the book, and I hope every little girl does have it on their bookshelves!
How did you find your illustrator, Leanne Armstrong, and why did you choose her over other illustrators?
I found Leanne Armstrong on Instagram. The colours and style that she produces really stood out to me. I’ve only spoken to Leanne over the phone, Email and text message. But we got along straight away, got my concept, and was able to adjust the image I gave her to make The Three Princesses. Honestly, I am really happy with how it came out and recommend her.
Why do you think your audience will enjoy The Three Princesses?
I think the audience will enjoy the book and will imagine themselves as being one of the princesses. Also, I’ve put a couple one-liners in the book, so readers don’t get bored lol.
Which character in the book is the most like you? And how?
Well, none of the characters are like me. But I have made my daughter the star of the show as the book was made to be about her.
This blogger: That is a lovely thing to do, and I hope she revels in being the star of the book.
What two things would you like people to take away from the story?
I would like the audience to enjoy he book as much as any other bedtime story. Plus, I would like the audience to believe that they can also be one of the princesses.
If you could go back in time and speak with a younger Lee Curniffe, what advice would you give him about the writing process?
I would have tell him to believe in the process, no matter how long the road to success may be.
What have you found harder – writing your book or marketing it?
Definitely the marketing!
This blogger: Yeah, marketing is a whole different ballgame. I get that.
How has writing changed you as a person?
It has broadened my mindset, and it has given me a different perspective on making a living from writing.
Are you writing another book at present? If so, please could you tell us a bit about it?
Yes, I’m writing several books. In fact, one of them is two-thirds done and that one is for the boys. That’s all I can tell you for now. (*Laughs*.)
Outside of writing, what do you like to do?
Outside of writing, I’m a qualified electrician and I run my own building company. In addition, I like to train at the gym and I’m a film fan.
This blogger: It sounds like you are a responsible, hardworking man, who has an enjoyable life. Keep it up!
Lastly, is there anything else that you’d like to say that you haven’t as yet in this interview?
Buy the book read it and let me know if I should write so more.
Thanks again 🏾.
End of Interview
And that brings our interview with author Lee Curniffe to an end. I would like to thank Lee for his time and to wish him all the best in his future writing endeavours and in his business.
You can purchase Lee’s book on Amazon. If you have a young daughter, niece or know someone that does, and would like to get her nice book for the holiday season, check out The Three Princess’ NOW!
Moreover, follow Lee on Instagram. That way, you can keep up to date with him and know exactly when his next book (aimed for boys) is going to come out.
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