Author Spotlight: Kirsti Call
April 23, 2021
We are excited to feature author Kirsti Call and her recent book, COW SAYS MEOW, illustrated by Brandon James Scott (HMH Books for Young Readers), out now. Enter to win a copy!
Tell us about yourself and how you came to write for children.
I started writing in rhyme when I was 8 years old.
“My mother’s smile is the best.
She smiles at every guest.
And yet the while I know that I
get almost all the rest.”
Needless to say, my mom loved the poem. But I started writing for children when I had five children between the ages of 6 mos and 8 years old. Perfect timing, right? I’ve been writing for children ever since--10 years now.
Congrats on your recent picture book, Cow Says Meow! Tell us about it and what inspired you.
Cow Says Meow is filled with mixed up onomatopoeia and wordplay. It's based on a joke I used to tell my kids when they were little. Every time I made the wrong animal sound, it never failed--they laughed. They also loved other variations of this joke. Like if I said: “You’re the Mommy.” Also, I love the idea that it's okay to be different. It's okay to meow if you're a cow. It's okay to growl if you're an owl. My 15 year old daughter wrote a song for the book with that theme. (insert video:
Was your initial road to publication long and winding, short and sweet, or something in between?
Ha! I signed my first book contract 3 months after I started writing for kids. But after my first book came out, I had a seven year dry spell.
What projects are you working on now?
I've got a picture book and board book releasing within the next year. And I’m working on a YA novel, a chapter book, and several board books! And of course, I always have several picture books in the works.
What advice would you give to your younger self? Is this the same advice you'd give to aspiring authors?
(yes, same advice!)
Don’t give up. Write. Revise. Revise. Revise. Submit. And write some more. Rejoice in the small successes. And always remember
success lives in the neighborhood of failure.
What is one thing most people don't know about you?
I lived in Japan and Brazil.
Where can people find you online?
Author Website: kirsticall.com
Creative Coaching Website: kirstinecall.com
Kirsti Call co-hosts the PICTURE BOOK LOOK podcast and co-runs ReFoReMo. She’s a critique ninja and elf for 12×12, a blogger for Writers’ Rumpus, and a Rate Your Story judge. She’s judged the CYBILS award for fiction picture books since 2015 and she is a therapist trained life coach for creatives. Her picture book, MOOTILDA’S BAD MOOD (Little Bee) released last fall. COW SAYS MEOW (HMH) and COLD TURKEY (Little Brown) release in 2021. Kirsti is represented by Emma Sector at Prospect Agency.
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