Congratulations on the release of Mice in My Tummy. Please tell us more about it.
About the book:
Mice in My Tummy is about a kindergartener named Sami Rae. She loves school but finds it hard sometimes. Whenever the teacher asks Sami Rae to count or say the alphabet, she feels funny movements in her tummy. After this happens two or three times, she decides a family of mice have moved into her tummy. At her dance recital, she finds out her best friend Sarah has butterflies living in her tummy. All ends well when Sami Rae talks to her dance teacher and finds out being nervous is normal and happens to everyone.
What was the inspiration for this book?
Andi: My daughter Samantha came home from kindergarten one day and very seriously informed me that mice where living in her tummy. I sat down with her and she told me how hard kindergarten was sometimes. After speaking with her, I realized our young children have a lot of stress in their lives but don’t have the words to describe it. My hope is to give words and reassurance to our youngest school children.
What is your favorite moment from the book?
Andi: My favorite moment is when Sami Rae realizes her friend Sarah is nervous also. When they let their dance teacher know what they are feeling, she validates their feelings and lets them know it’s okay to be nervous.
Is this your first published book?
Andi: This is my second published book. It is in its second printing due to unforeseen events from its first printing with a different publisher.
We’d love to hear more about you.
Andi: I am always full of ideas. I bought a small tape recorder so that whenever I have an idea I can record it. My memory is getting worse and I tend to forget to write down great thoughts I have. This method of cataloging my ideas is working out famously for me!
I have been super fortunate in belonging to some great critique groups and my illustrator Kevin Collier is amazing!
I find this funny: People will say there is an author among us and I will look around, wondering who it is.
How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming Mice in My Tummy events?
Andi: I keep my facebook page updated: https://www.facebook.com/AndiHoudek. I would love to hear from my readers!