Wordy Wednesday with Children's Author Michelle McKenna (and a giveaway)

Welcome to another Wordy Wednesday, this week's wordsmith is Michelle McKenna, who is not only answering silly questions, but has offered a signed copy of her book as a giveaway! read on to see how you can be the proud owner of a copy of The Yellow Bills.
The Yellow Bills children's book by Michelle McKenna

So Michelle, grab a comfy spot and tell me about yourself...
I’m a child of the 1970’s, my favourite colour is Sky blue, and I like anything with carbs, particularly spuds.

My book, The Yellow Bills is aimed at children aged 6-9 and is about, ducks!
 "Mya loves planes and wants to be a pilot when she grows up. As luck would have it, she comes across a flying school run by Lieutenant Drake who awards his pupils splendid pilot hats when they graduate. Mya wants to join the class, but there’s just one problem. She’s not a duck!
Could Goose the little duckling with big flying ambitions be the key to Mya getting her pilot’s hat? Or will Mr Sour the teacher who never quite made the grade have other ideas…"

Do you have another job or are you a full time author? If you do something else (lumberjack?) what is it and do you like it?
During the day I work part time in an office in London and then get home to my full time job looking after two little fab ones. I use to think I knew what the word busy meant in my younger days - pfff who wants to lounge around watching box sets anyway!

Why did you start writing?
I enjoy creating characters. I use to try and write YA fiction on and off for years but it was awful - I never found my Twilight moment. Then I had my first child and I don't know if it was hormones or lack of sleep but I just wanted to write children's fiction and it was fun. It also helped that when I read it back it didn't make me cringe, so I think I've finally found my writing niche.

List 3 things that are guaranteed to make you smile.
Apart from my kids (who also make me cry and laugh) I would say: magical books, a cuppa and catching a train you thought you'd missed.

Do you have any pets?
No I don't have pets. Love animals but I wouldn't want a pet right now although I'm sure we will be badgered to have one in the coming years.

Who is your favourite author? Do they influence your writing or are they a total break from the sort of thing you write?
I loved Lewis Carroll's AIice in Wonderland. I think he inspires part of my writing in that anything is possible when writing fiction.

Which book(s) are you reading at the moment?
Just about to start The Hate You Give I've heard lots of good things about it and when I saw an interview with the author it gave me goosebumps and I ordered the book there and then.

Which three cities would you most like to visit and why?
New York - I'd love to see the Empire State Building  
Monaco - my other half has got me into formula 1 and it looks so glam there. However I suspect we should bring our own sandwiches as eating out might be a tad expensive
Krakow - the salt mines. I was inspired by an episode of Go Jetters - yes CBeebies is now my go to for travel information  

Tell us about the character that you've written that you like the most - no spoilers!
I like Goose who is a little duckling helping the main character Mya. He's always so positive and looks on the bright side no matter what. I find that trait infectious

What is your favourite biscuit? Note to author - Jaffa cakes are no longer an acceptable answer to this question 😂
You can keep your Jaffa cakes. It was suggested that eating them during labour would help boost energy. Well I think you can guess how that went down. No, give me a lovely boring rich tea to dunk in my brew any day. (controversial!)

If you were in a cartoon what sort of character would you be?
I'd like to be a character set in the Jetsons but not the 1950s style mum. I'd love to be driving flying cars.

If you could genetically cross an animal and a vegetable, what would you pick and why? I like the idea of a frog and a gooseberry, mmm prickly frog.
I would go for a carrot and a mole so that the poor thing could see well in the dark. (I approve of velvety orange moles)

Thanks Michelle for playing along! 

You can follow this weeks author on Twitter at @michellemckenna

You can buy a copy of The Yellow Bills on Amazon

And check out Michelle's own website www.theyellowbills.com

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