The Gingerbread Cowboy Anniversary Blog Blow Out

Janet Squires is celebrating the fifth anniversary of her children’s picture book with a dynamite Blog Tour. Be sure to leave a comment and you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate!

The Gingerbread Cowboy was declared the Arizona Governor’s 2007 First Grade Book and a special edition of 100,000 copies was printed for distribution to every first grade student in Arizona.

The Gingerbread Cowboy can run from the rancher’s wife, he can dash past the javelinas, and he can giddyup right by the cattle grazing on the mesa. 

But what happens when he meets a coyote sleeping in the sun?

Welcome, Janet. Thanks for stopping by on your tour.

I’d like to begin by thanking Heidi for hosting today’s Blog Tour post.  To celebrate The Gingerbread Cowboy’s Fifth Anniversary, I have something special for her readers:

 I will select one name at random from people who comment on this blog tour post to receive a $50 dollar gift certificate to OutWest Marketing, an online store for shoppers who are wild about the west.  The Gift certificate will be good for 60 days and include a 10% discount and free shipping so be sure to leave your email contact information.

Tell us a little bit about your book?

THE GINGERBREAD COWBOY is a Wild West Version of the classic Gingerbread Man story set in the American Southwest — home of roadrunners, javalinas, coyotes and of course cattle and cowboys.  THE GINGERBREAD COWBOY, was declared the Arizona Governor’s 2007 First Grade Book and a special edition of 100,000 copies was printed for distribution to every first grade student in Arizona.

 How did you get your start as an author?

My first published work was a poem in my High School Anthology.  It wasn’t Shakespeare, but my parents were proud.   I began my professional career writing articles for several regional and national magazines. I wrote both fiction and nonfiction.  Eventually, I won the Los Angeles Pierce College 5th Annual Writers’ Conference Award for Outstanding Magazine Article.

Why did you make the change from writing for adults to writing for children and how did you come to write The Gingerbread Cowboy?

That’s a question I hear frequently when I’m doing school visits.  Here’s what I tell my young audience.  I work part time as a Library Media Specialist for an elementary school so I spend many hours in the company of children’s literature and read hundreds of picture books to my young patrons.  Along the way I learned to admire the ability to tell a story in less than 1000 words.  I couldn’t resist trying to write a picture book.  Then the question became what should I write?

Every year I read The Gingerbread Man to all of my school’s kindergarten classes.  I’ve read the story so many times that I know it by heart.  When I’m not being a library specialist or a writer I’m a cowgirl.  It didn’t take long before those two thoughts came together and I knew I wanted to write a story about a Gingerbread Cowboy.

Do you have any new books in the works?

I’m writing a series, GRACIE JANE, about a plucky young cowgirl, and her sidekick Fifi La Rue.  There’s a Wild West Fairy Tale and I currently have a nonfiction book in the works.  I’m also putting the final polish on a historical novel for adults.

 What attracts you to writing about the West?

The West is bred in my bones.   My grandfather ranched near Prescott and my dad was born in Humboldt.  Most of my family still lives in that local area and many of my family can be found in historical references or are named among the remarkable Arizona pioneer women honored at the Sharlot Hall Museum’s Territorial Women’s Memorial Rose Garden.

Although I was born in California and currently reside here, I consider Arizona my second home and grew up spending my summers there.  It was a perfect childhood…waking up in a creaking brass bed to the sound of my Dad chopping wood for the stove my grandmother cooked on…bathing in a tin tub brought into the house for that occasion…running free in the hills with my cousins among the cattle and horses.

What do you do for fun when you take a break from writing?

When I’m not putting pen to paper in search of my next story, I’m on horseback exploring the hills or working with cattle – a natural enough pursuit for a gal whose family pioneered their way West by covered wagon from Texas to Arizona.

My husband and I share our free time with our two daughters and four dogs and count ourselves lucky to live where hawks still sail overhead by day and coyotes serenade at night.

Check out Janet’s website and her blog and watch her Book Trailer . You can contact her at jsquiresbooks@ca.rr.com and Publicity Contact:  Olivia deLeon,  Olivia.deLeon@HARPERCOLLINS.com

Janet will select one name at random from people who comment on the blog tour post to receive a $50 dollar gift certificate to OutWest Marketing, an online store for shoppers who are wild about the west.  The Gift certificate will be good for 60 days and include a 10% discount and free shipping so be sure to leave your email contact information.

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  1. The Gingerbread Cowboy is an attractive and successful children’s book. I’m so happy for Janet Squires for its impressive success. It sounds like Janet’s life is as interesting as the trail traveled by The Gingerbread Cowboy.

  2. I just love the pic with the giant stuffed Gingerbread Cowboy, so cute!

  3. What a great concept for chlldren. I’m writing my second children’s book and would be thrilled to death to have 100,000 of them ordered for school children. Bravo!

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  5. This sounds like a great version of the gingerbread boy story – we have a couple of south Louisiana versions that I like also – wonderful way to put in regional flair for children to learn.

  6. A neat concept, the Gingerbreadman story set in the west. 100,000 books! How exciting is that? I saw your website the other day and really lliked the trailer for the book.

  7. i remember buying a copy of Gingerbread Cowboy from Janet at a WWA convention where we first met. Without question, it is a great picture book for children.

  8. Hi Janet and Heidi, Good interview and I learned a lot more about Janet and her writing. She’s a real western gal. Congratulations on the anniversary and the gigantic sales of The Gingerbread Cowboy.

  9. Fifi La Rue!!! I love that name!


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