JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Cheryl Pope, author of The Adventures of Princess Zaria
(Second Time Media and Communications)
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The Adventures of Princess Zaria is a children’s picture book that is unlike many princess stories. In this first series, Princess Zaria must locate three precious stones in order to be crowned.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write The Adventures of Princess Zaria?
Cheryl Pope: The inspiration came from my little girl, Zaria. I wanted to give her the foundation to increase her self-esteem at a young age so she wouldn’t feel affected by society’s perception of what beauty, weight, or intelligence can be. There are so many negative images that I wanted to show her the positive side of reality. Another underlying theme was to let girls know that you don’t receive things just because. Many times in life you have to work for or seek out opportunities.
JP: What sets The Adventures of Princess Zaria apart from other children’s books in its genre?
CP: This princess doesn’t come from royalty. She doesn’t live in a kingdom or have servants. She isn’t regal. Princess Zaria is real. She is an average little girl with loving parents and friends. Princess Zaria likes to dress in beautiful gowns, but she can be a tomboy at times. She watches cartoons and climbs trees. Princess Zaria is everybody’s little girl.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to The Adventures of Princess Zaria getting out to the public?
CP: I promote every chance I get. I’m a part of several online writers groups. I list my events in community newspapers and media calendars. Lately, I’ve been contributing articles to magazines to get my name and product in the limelight. I’m thinking about approaching a major fast food company to sponsor products. If you google my name you’ll see what I’m doing in the literary community.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish The Adventures of Princess Zaria?
CP: I normally free write then go back and make edits. Actually, writing the book was not a very long process. Now, finding an illustrator was a bit more challenging. The whole process took about two years.
JP: What’s next for Cheryl Pope?
CP: A whole lot! We’re in the process of creating The Princess Zaria Fan Club. By the end of summer, I plan to introduce The Princess Zaria Collection. Right now, I’m working with a clothing designer who has shown me some beautiful sketches. Next year, the second series of Princess Zaria will be introduced. Another goal of mine is to produce a magazine for young entrepreneurs under age 17.
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