Book Title: Sunny and the Cats by Victoria Otto
Category: Children’s Fictions (ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Release date: June, 2022
Content Rating: G – General
Audiences. There is no violence, no bad language, no religious
expletives, no sex scenes, and no drug use or underage drinking.
Everyone in meow village and woof village lived happily if they followed one very important rule…
Dogs were not welcomed in meow village and any cat that stepped into woof village would be chased up a tree! But a special puppy named Sunny wants to become friends with the cats, so he breaks that rule to see if the cats might like to play.
What happened when Sunny went to meow village? Pick up this book to find out!
Victoria Otto is a children’s book author, born and raised in Metro-Detroit. She has a passion for children’s literature and strives to create picture books that are engaging, educational, and lots of fun for both children and parents to read. Victoria loves to make author visits at schools and organizations. So far, she has been able to read her books to and visit eight hundred children across the United States.
If you would like Victoria to make an author visit at your school or organization, please email her.
An Interview with Victoria Otto
When did you first know you wanted to be an author?
When I was younger, I would always write little silly stories and read them to my parents. Storytelling was just a fun hobby. It wasn’t until later in life that I thought about writing seriously or the possibility of becoming an author.
When you are not writing, what other hats do you wear? What do you do for fun?
I am currently a college student obtaining my paralegal degree. Being an author and a college student can be tricky, especially with balancing a busy schedule, but I continue to make it work. I am also the reigning Miss Michigan Captivating, and while this is very similar to a full-time job, it is what I like to do for fun and blends quite perfectly with being a children’s book author.
What is your favorite genre to read? What about that genre draws you?
Honestly, growing up, I wasn’t into reading books because my dyslexia made it incredibly difficult for me to read, which made it an unenjoyable experience. So I constantly had someone read books to me to understand them fully. Even now, as an adult, I listen to audiobooks. My favorite genre to listen to is crime fiction.
As a former teacher, I find it encouraging that you have pursued being an author even with the challenge of dyslexia. Kudos to you.
What is your vacation destination? Why?
Anywhere in Northern Michigan! Being a Michigan native, I’ve always found the state incredibly beautiful. I love to explore the entirety of Michigan with my family, so when we all can fit in some time for a vacation, we go up north to different areas and towns of the state.
I, too, am a Michigan native, although I no longer live in Michigan. Northern Michigan does have a lot to offer.
Who did you have in mind as you wrote the book?
I am an advocate for bullying prevention education. I am constantly speaking to classrooms and organizations about anti-bullying along with teaching how we can prevent it from occurring. When writing Sunny and the Cats, I thought about my experiences with bullying during my early childhood. I was very much like Sunny, I wanted to be friends with my other peers, but my dyslexia hindered that from happening because the other kids couldn’t understand why I was different from them.
As a former K-12 school librarian I have to ask – what is your favorite children’s book?
Any book by Dr. Suess. All of his books are a true classic, and I can remember how much I loved them as a child and how I was inspired to become a storyteller just like him. Now for modern children’s books, I absolutely love Jory John’s The Good Egg.
What advice would you give to a child or teen who wants to be a writer?
Never, never give up! Continue to believe in yourself and your writing abilities. Try not to get in your head and overthink things because overall, storytelling is fun and brings people happiness and joy. When writing, always go with your gut feeling and write about stuff you genuinely care about.
Thank you so much for joining me today, Victoria. I love learing about authors, especially when I find we have things in common.
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