Author Baptiste Paul on Slowing Down and Connecting- PLUS GIVEAWAY!

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Hello world!!

Welcome to my book blog, Blissfully Bookish. For this Q & A, please welcome the acclaimed author Baptiste Paul, here to chat about his newest picture book, Peace (Paz/Frieden), co-written by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Estelí Meza and published by NorthSouth Books/Nord-Sud. Check out his author journey below. I absolutely love the message about slowing down and re-connecting with nature, and also with one another. I think we could all benefit from this motto in life.

BUT first- YAY! Baptiste is generously giving away a signed copy of his book Peace! All you have to do is comment on this blog post. Contest ends Feb 19, 2021.

 

Please describe the journey to publication for Peace.
My memory is a little cloudy about the journey for Peace simply because we wrote the story many years ago. My wife and I sometimes have very late night writing sessions—like most working parents, it can be tricky to coordinate schedules. But my wife and I work together on projects we feel deeply, and on projects that embody the kind of world we want to live in and leave for our children. Working toward peace is one of those goals, and we don’t think anyone is too young to start thinking about that word and all the things it means. We wrote the text years ago, then fine tuned it again after an editor was interested. The process, as most people probably know, is always years in the making.

Where did you draw the book’s inspiration?
As we are more and more plugged in with our devices, I feel that we are becoming more disconnected to the people around us. If we want to make peace a priority, we have to take time to slow down and connect. And we must show care not just just for people and animals but for the entire planet.

Please paste a short and compelling excerpt from the book.
Peace can begin with a laugh and a wave
And grow into actions remarkably brave.
Because peace is linked to justice, peace is more than calm or friendship. These lines, and Estelí’s remarkable art show young readers that peace requires both thoughts and action, and those actions require courage.

What is your writing process, and does it vary depending on the project?
My process varies because I write both fiction and non fiction. I always start with pen and paper because it’s reliable and does not crash. Some days, I’m knee deep in research, literally. Other days I let my imagination run wild.

Where do you see your career headed? Do you have other WIPs or projects in the pipeline you would like to mention?
Knowing that we are still in the midst of a pandemic, it’s really hard to gauge a career path. However, I would be completely content if all I do is write books that inspire children to dream.  I just finished a fiction picture book called To Carnival!  – A celebration in St. Lucia which is coming out on April 1st. Also, I have another book called Climb On that’s coming out in 2023 —the process takes time.

Please share your favorite books that have inspired you and served as mentor texts.
I have a long list of books that have served me well. These are just a few that I think of on a regular basis, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman and A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to other writers?
All the stories you want to write are inside of you. I’m always at peace when I’m mining my own memories. Your peace awaits—keep mining and keep writing.

And a bonus question just for kicks! If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
That’s an interesting question. I’d be a cockroach, not because I’m a pest although to my kids I can be, but for its ability to survive almost anywhere.

BIO
Baptiste Paul grew up in St. Lucia, where at age seven he propagated a root cutting that still produces breadfruit for his community. He holds an Environmental Science degree and is the author of The Field which received multiple starred reviews. He is also the co-author of I Am Farmer, Adventures To School, and Peace, with Miranda Paul. His forthcoming book, To Carnival! A Celebration in St. Lucia will give readers a small taste of his homeland.  Learn more at baptistepaul.net.

LINKS
Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/baptiste.paul.5
Twitter.@baptistepaul
Instagram @baptistepaul77  

 

 

21 thoughts on “Author Baptiste Paul on Slowing Down and Connecting- PLUS GIVEAWAY!

    Angie said:
    February 19, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    This looks like a beautiful book! Thanks for sharing with us! Best wishes. 🙂

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    Manolo (@romeroescobar) said:
    February 17, 2021 at 10:26 am

    It is inspiring to see a working parent producing a beautiful book. It sounds something I would read to my kids before putting them to bed.

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    Guitar Hanna (@GuitarHanna) said:
    February 16, 2021 at 12:14 am

    The dynamic duo of Miranda and Baptiste is the best! My children and I learn so much from them.

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    Jolene Ballard Gutiérrez said:
    February 11, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Such a wonderful interview! Baptiste, I’m so excited to read PEACE–yay for you and Miranda! And TO CARNIVAL sounds fabulous! Congratulations to you!

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      February 12, 2021 at 11:22 am

      Thanks Jolene, I’m sure you’ll love it….

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    seschipper said:
    February 11, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    Great interview! Baptiste and Miranda thank you for providing the world with a book on a topic so very important! Looking forward to adding “Peace” to my collection!
    PS I love all of Ezra Jack Keats works too! Especially “A Snowy Day” ! 🙂

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    rosecappelli said:
    February 11, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    I’m excited to see this book in the world, inspiring children and all who read it to take up the cause for peace. I’m never disappointed by works from these two wonderful authors. Thank you!

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      February 11, 2021 at 1:36 pm

      Right? Can’t go wrong with those two at the head…

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    josetteabruzzini said:
    February 11, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Peace can begin with a laugh and a wave… This beautiful line alone will bring a sense of peace to all who read this book. Peace is within our reach! It is a feeling that we can activate. It can be wherever we happen to be! Thank you Baptiste, Miranda and Lydia for bring us this interview and this book!

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      February 11, 2021 at 12:03 pm

      I love that!! And I love books with positive messages, written in a lyrical way,

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    Pamela Harrison said:
    February 11, 2021 at 10:23 am

    I love everything the two of these talented picture book creators write, and I’m excited to see another new book. Children need to experience peace in their lives and know how to find it and share it. I love this concept. Congratulations to this amazing husband and wife team. I can’t wait to read PEACE with the children in my life.

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      Baptiste Paul said:
      February 11, 2021 at 11:02 am

      Thanks, Pamela! It’s really nice reading your comments. Every small thoughtful act gets us all closer to living in Peace. It’s never too early or too later to make Peace a priority.

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      February 11, 2021 at 11:36 am

      I agree, peace is essential for each person to experience on an individual level, in order for us to experience it on a more collective level!

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        Andrew Hacket said:
        February 12, 2021 at 11:32 am

        Wonderful interview! Congrats Baptiste and Miranda. Your book sounds beautiful and I’m looking forward to your other releases.

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    limakat said:
    February 11, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Thank you for introducing me to such a gifted man with a gifted wife. What a wonderful body of work! I especially love that it includes a tree. “where at age seven he propagated a root cutting that still produces breadfruit for his community.” Extra kudos for that! Peace will be an important book for my shelf and myself as much as for my grandkids. A joy to read.

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      February 11, 2021 at 9:37 am

      Yes, it’s not often we see a husband and wife team who are both incredibly talented. Great message with the book PEACE, too!

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