JK Palmer is the author of three children’s books, The House that Moved, Elwood the Moose and Gladys Sings, available at retailers throughout Door County. In her books, suitable for toddlers through early readers (ages 2-8), Palmer creatively weaves concepts of courage, acceptance and the power of love. She lives in Door County with her husband in a log cabin in the woods and enjoys all things nature.
Palmer will be at Novel Bay Booksellers in Sturgeon Bay on May 21, 10 am – 12 pm, signing her book The House that Moved.
In what way does your connection with Door County influence your writing?
In my most recent book, The House that Moved, I did let the fact that I live in Door County influence the book. The story is about a family who loves their house and the house that loves them right back. When the family relocates to beautiful Door County, House decides if they can move, so can he.
Talk about your writing process.
For me, the process is magical. The idea comes to me fully, the whole thing already plotted out. I just have to polish it up a bit.
What are the most important elements of good writing?
As a children’s book author, I feel the story and illustrations have to hold the reader’s attention. That is accomplished through the creation of characters that are lovable or at least relatable, and a story line that leads the reader through a challenge to a resolution that is meaningful.
Do you have any advice about the publishing process?
It really depends on the audience that you want to reach and how much work you want to put into marketing your book. Here in Door County, we have a large audience of vacationers who are looking for items made by local artists. You can do fairly well by being an indie book author and marketing your books with local retailers or through farmer’s markets and festivals. But you have to be prepared to put in the time and be patient; you have a lot of skin in the game, and it may take a few years before you see a return on your investment.
What message do you hope children will take away from your books?
There are several things. That change is OK, sometimes even wonderful [and to] be open to the possibilities. Adventure is more fun when you share it with those you love. Always believe in yourself and your gifts. Cherish yourself.
What are you currently reading?
Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation by Paul Hawken. I would highly recommend this book, it’s a world changer.
The Door County Published Authors Collective is a group that brings together and champions local writers.