In the Spotlight feature kicked off in April 2015 and is an opportunity for authors, editors and publishers (basically anyone in the book industry (yes, even bloggers!)) to connect with fans. There is an option to do an interview, guest post, feature a book sale or book release or a cover reveal. Best of all, it’s free! All you need to do is click on the image to reserve your spot!
Now on with the show!
In the Spotlight with Corine Dehghanpisheh
Welcome to Second Run Reviews, Corine! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. So let’s get things started.
In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.
A creative kid at heart. Busy writing, drawing, being a mom and a wife. #Thankful
I just recently rediscovered my creative kid side and my love for writing. It’s been a fun journey so far!
Please tell a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What’s been the best things about it and the worst?
Even though I have always enjoyed storytelling either visually or through writing, my journey of becoming a published author has been a long, winding path.
In my experience, the journey of life includes choices and happenings—things that we would not choose but we have to deal with to move forward. Through it all&8212;good and bad, I have found myself in a position to do something that I really enjoy.
What really propelled me forward as an author/illustrator was moving temporarily from NYC to San Francisco. I had some time off from my profession of Art Therapy due to state licensing requirements. I used this time as away to do something new and something I had always wanted to do&8212;learn how to use Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. I realized after watching many Lynda.com tutorials that in order for me to really learn and retain the information I needed a personal project. That project became my first children’s book, Can We Play Again? It combined my experiences of being an Art Therapist, my enjoyment of storytelling, and I gained new artistic skills.
The best thing about writing & illustrating children’s book is the “freedom” to create, tell, and share a story.
The worst thing about it is all of the “freedom”—sometimes I get overwhelmed by trying to sort through all of my different ideas and complete a project. I learned early on that I need to keep my progress in check.
I think the best part about all of this blogging, writing and photography I do is the fun of learning to do something new! I just meet with a photography club recently and I pick up a new trick for moving images from Lightroom to Photoshop! Changed my workflow dramatically.
Tell us a bit about your latest release, #BabyLove. What inspired you to write it? Why should fans of Second Run Reviews consider reading it.
#BabyLove: My Social Life is a humorous, modern tale about raising a baby in today’s digital world. The story is told from the perspective of an adored baby who is photographed and recorded all day long. His photos and videos are shared with loving intentions on social media and through messaging. The book highlights the social phenomena of sharing daily activities using technology and social networks.
My own social media and technology use after the birth of my daughter, Lily inspired me to write this book. Living far away from family and many close friends, my husband and I turned to these technological tools to share information about her arrival, milestones, and other family events. For us the pros outweighed the cons in our decision to do so. We also understand the necessity for security and think twice before sharing anything online.
#BabyLove: My Social Life is a rhyming story that adults and children enjoy. Those who use social media and technology can relate to it.
Sounds like a very unique book that many parents would find helpful as they try to navigate social media!
What types of books do you enjoy reading the most? What three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?
I definitely enjoy children’s books, nonfiction, and lighthearted fiction about women stories.
My three latest children’s book favorites that I read over and over to Lily are: How to Grow a Friend by Sara Gillingham, The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin, and I Don’t Like Koala by Sean Ferrell.
*heads over to GoodReads and does a little research* Those look like delightful books. I’ll have to consider them for my nieces and nephews!
What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?
My current obsession is not very secretive and definitely not very interesting. It is—sleep. My family and I have recently relocated to Dallas, TX from NYC. My daughter has been a trooper and has adapted well. However, sleeping through the night has become a novelty again. My new motto is I Love Sleep. 🙂
Well, that’s quite a move! I hope that you are getting settled into life in NYC and that your daughter finds the Sandman again soon.
What is one question you wish I would have asked, that I haven’t?
What is your latest project?I am working on the second book in the #BabyLove Book Series called #BabyLove: My Toddler Life.
Well, good luck with book 2 in the series, Corine! I look forward to hearing about it upon its release.
Any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?
Thank you very much for your interest in #BabyLove: My Social Life. Also, a big thank you for the opportunity to share some insight about me as an author and my book! 🙂
You are welcome, Corine. Thank you for being In the Spotlight this week and for chatting with us about your book. I do hope you’ll return to tell us about future projects upon their release.
Synopsis: #BabyLove: My Social Life is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Corine Dehghanpisheh. It is recommended for modern day moms.
“Click.” “Tap.” Tag and Post. An adored baby tells a modern tale about life in today’s digital world. #BabyLove: My Social Life highlights the social phenomena of sharing daily activities using technology and social networks.
“A charming modernization of the traditional bedtime tale.”
Reviewed by Kirkus
“#BabyLove: My Social Life, is a clever and entertaining look at raising children in the age of social media… The author’s story flows beautifully, and her illustrations are brightly colored, cheerful and humorous… Dehghanpisheh’s wry and subtle humor is evident throughout this story that will entertain adults as well as the children they share the book with. #BabyLove: My Social Life is highly recommended for tech-savvy parents and their babies.”
Reviewed by Readers’ Favorite
“#BabyLove offers a hipster view of contemporary parenting. Beneath the story of technological trendiness, however, lies a more enduring portrait of nurture and joy.”
Reviewed by Foreword Clarion Reviews
#BabyLove was published in July 2015 and is available for sale on Amazon.