The Orange and Ginger Soapy Shampoo (Author Interview)

What inspired you to write The Orange and Ginger Soapy Shampoo, A Bubble’s Story?

It was a Saturday afternoon in 2007 when I found myself alone in my Tallahassee, Florida apartment. Having just finished washing the dishes, I grabbed a box of Crunch N’ Munch and decided to indulge in watching the movie "The Long Kiss Goodnight." Settling down in my living room, I enjoyed the action-packed two-hour film. When the credits rolled, I strolled back into the kitchen and turned on the light. To my surprise, two bubbles were floating in the air before me. For a fleeting moment, I entertained the idea that someone else might be present in the apartment, but then I remembered I lived alone. Intrigued, I reached out to touch the bubbles, and they playfully darted away from my grasp. Walking over to the window, I opened it, and the bubbles drifted lazily outside. I watched them until they vanished from sight, marveling at how they never popped. It was in that moment the spark of inspiration ignited within me, prompting me to sit down and write the story that would later become "The Orange and Ginger Soapy Shampoo, A Bubble’s Story."  This story's inception was fueled by a desire to create a magical and educational journey tailored for young readers and readers young at heart. My aim was to craft a narrative that not only captures the imagination but also imparts valuable life lessons in the most delightful way possible.


What age group did you write the book for?

I wrote this book with young readers in mind, particularly the age group of 6 to 9. However, the story's universal themes and engaging narrative make it a charming read for all ages.  I even had a 32-year-old millennial write and tell me how he laughed out loud listening to the audiobook and loved the songs from the album Fluke Horizon, A Journey! 


What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book?

I hope readers will not only be entertained by the enchanting tale but also take away important messages about friendship, love, self-discovery, imagination, and the power to overcome adversity. I want the book to spark a love for reading and encourage readers to embrace the joy of storytelling and know that we all can do anything we set our minds to do!


How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design?

The title "The Orange and Ginger Soapy Shampoo, A Bubble’s Story" captures the whimsical and magical essence of the story about two bubbles living their best lives, highlighting the adventurous journey of the characters. The cover design was carefully crafted to reflect the vibrancy and wonder of the story, enticing readers to embark on this imaginative experience.

How long did it take you to write the book?

The process of writing "The Orange and Ginger Soapy Shampoo, A Bubble’s Story" spanned several years. From conceptualization to refining the narrative and bringing the characters to life, editing and rewriting. It is a labor of love that aims to create engaging and heartwarming stories as all the main characters will have their own stories to tell in other books as a series in the future.  So, I am still writing in this whimsical world as there are so many more stories to tell!


Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book?

Absolutely, I have a big family and we love to laugh a lot and my imagination takes me places that are outrageous.  I put all that energy and love into my work.  Also, my educational background greatly influenced the themes and educational aspects of the book. Additionally, my love for storytelling and creative expression played a significant role in shaping the narrative.


What scene or section did you have the most fun writing?

All the scenes I wrote were amazingly fun to write, however one of the most enjoyable sections to write was when the main character Magellan Estefan (M.E.) met the moon, had an encounter with a boy with yellow hair and had a delightful meeting with the planets in our solar system.  This scene was inspired by one of my favorite books “The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry.  Exploring this vivid scene and explaining scientific concepts in a whimsical manner allowed me to infuse the story with imagination and excitement.  The accompanying song “The Milky Way” from the album Fluke Horizon, A Journey for this scene is also a fun way to learn about the universe.


What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book?

Crafting a story that is both entertaining and educational while maintaining a balance was a challenge. Ensuring that the “lessons” seamlessly integrated into the narrative without feeling forced required careful thought and creative problem-solving.


If people could buy, read, or listen to only one book this week or month, why should it be yours?

"The Orange and Ginger Soapy Shampoo, A Bubble’s Story" offers readers not only a delightful story but also a transformative experience. It's a tale that encourages imagination, self-discovery, perseverance, and the joy of reading. Plus, it's a story that resonates with both children and the young at heart and has an audiobook, an accompanying soundtrack with FLUKE HORIZON, JOURNEY and a 200 plus page coloring book!  It is more than a book; it is a complete sensory experience to delight the whole family.  I haven’t found any book that has all these elements on the market.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

Readers can learn more about "The Orange and Ginger Soapy Shampoo, A Bubble’s Story" and other related offerings on my Additionally, they can explore my social media profiles and engage with a community that shares a passion for storytelling and learning.


Books and Music By Pamela James

“The Orange and Ginger Soapy Shampoo, A Bubble’s Story” By Pamela James, Illustrated by Vitalia Streltsova

“Fluke Horizon, A Journey” (Musical Album) Written By Pamela James  Performed by Various Artists

“The Orange and Ginger Soapy Shampoo, A Bubble’s Journey” By Pamela James, Narrated by Teri Clark Linden

“The Orange and Ginger’s Big, Huge Coloring Book” By CATERPILLAR BUTTERFLY






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