Counting With Genja! 1-20 (Author Interview)

Counting With Genja looks like an exciting children’s story.  Can you tell us a little about it?

The story is about a rabbit who loves to count and do rhymes while he’s doing different things like swinging through trees, going to the candy store, and finding a dime.  He a very busy rabbit, he even skies down hills, and sits in a boat while listening to the whales sing.  It about following Genja and having fun learning to count with this happy rabbit who’s having a lot of fun as he counts.  I’ve found that it’s much easier to learn when your having fun. 


Any plans to turn it into a series?

Funny you should ask I’m actually working on the next book which will feature Genja counting from 21 to 30.  So, yes there will be a series. Maybe having Genja count to 50.  


How were the illustrations done in Counting With Genja?

I made the illustrations on my I pad using a program called Procreate.  After they were done, they were transferred over to Photoshop so I could add the story.  Everything was done using digital painting.


What motivated you to become a writer?

I’m an artist, when decided to get back into doing art my first painting had cat with steam punk hat and Victorian dress with a puzzle box. A good friend of mine saw it and said you should do a children’s book. At the time she suggested it I was pretty busy painting.  I always had some ideas for a kid’s book.  One day I came up with the idea for Genja and decided to work on a little at a time. Sometimes it was just for 20 minutes out of the day.  I have some other ideas which I wrote down.  The big thing was I had to start somewhere and stick with it.  My husband encouraged me to go for it.  While I was working on the book, I showed my friend some of the pages.  She got excited about the book and want me to let her know when I finished it.  She wanted a copy for her daughter.


What will readers get out of your book?

A fun story where they can have fun while they are learning.  The book also included big colorful numbers: 1 through 20 so parents can review the numbers with their child.  My friend who has a little girl told me that kids enjoy being able to go over what they learned when they are having a lot of fun.


What age group is the book for?

I’d say ages 4 to 5, and beyond.  One of my friends bought the book for her niece and she told me her niece loved it. Plus, her sister who is six and knows how to count loved it as well.


What part of the book was the most fun to write?

The most fun part was putting Genja in a boat while he listened to the whales, and the part where he cheers the reader on for making it all the way to 20 with him. Also, I enjoyed the part where he goes to sleep at night after a long busy day of counting to 20.


What do you like to do when not writing?

When I’m not writing I’m painting. Right now, I’m taking classes in oil painting.  I also paint in acrylic.  I like to read fantasy, and science fiction, and some comic books.  Plus, it’s always fun to watch anime.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

You can find my book on Amazon, under author: Tincat, or go by the title: Counting with Genja! 1-20.   I’m also on Instagram under Tin Cat Art (@tincatart) • Instagram photos and videos: I post my artwork there.