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Bounding for Books Blog Tour - Mayra Calvani

Today I'm honored to host multi-genre author, reviewer, dog lover, and animal advocate, Mayra Calvani. She hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She's a regular contributor to Blogcritics Magazine and Suite101. When she is not writing, she enjoys reading, playing the violin, interviewing other authors for her blogs and newsletters, and watching too many reruns of Gilmore Girls and I Dream of Jeannie. She’s the author of the picture book, The Magic Violin, also published by Guardian Angel Publishing and the Latino Books Examiner for

My questions for Mayra:

Children's writers seem to have a knack for thinking like a child. What were you like as a five-year-old?

I was a shy, quiet child, but I had a wonderful imagination and was always playing with dolls, Barbies, and imaginary characters in a series of mystery and adventure situations. I didn't have trouble playing on my own because I would create imaginary characters and carry out conversations with them. Actually, now that I look back, it sounds pretty spooky! When I outgrew playing 'House' with my baby dolls, I loved playing I Dream of Jeannie, James Bond, and Tarzan (especially out in the garden in the rain). I didn't like reading back then. Storytelling was in my head. It wasn't until I was about 11, when I discovered Agatha Christie, that I became an avid reader. So I didn't have a favorite book as a child!

Share the best feedback from a child you've received for your writing.

I can't recall anything specific, but I do love their 'Ahhhh' and 'Ohhhh' when they listen to my stories. When they listen with rapt attention, that's pretty neat too.

About the Book:

In Crash!, Marcelo is thrilled when he gets a golden retriever puppy for his birthday, but now he faces one of the toughest jobs of his life, not only because owning a pet is a huge responsibility, but because he has to find the perfect name for it-and that's hard!

Crash has his own blog:

UPDATE from Mayra: I just found out that Crash is already available for sale in Spanish! Here's a link to the news:

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Mayra Calvani said...

Thanks for hosting me, Donna!

Donna J. Shepherd said...

It's my pleasure!

Joy said...

Thanks Donna for helping us learn a bit more about Mayra.
Mayra thanks for sharing.

Joy Delgado
Illustrator and publisher of bilingual children’s books

Kim McDougall said...

Cute picture! Is that handsome boy your brother? I like to hear that you weren't much of a reader early on. Maybe there's hope for my young reluctant reader!

Donna M. McDine said...

Terrific interview. Love your picture!

Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Children’s Author
Write What Inspires You Blog
Donna M. McDine’s Website

Shari Lyle-Soffe said...

I love hearing about the childhood of others. Mayra, I spent a lot of time alone and talked to the birds and animals. I also did a lot of pretending.


Cheryl said...

I love the picture of you Mayra. You're such a cutie.

One of the things I love best about reading to children at school is watching their reactions.

Crash! is a great book!

Wishing you continued success.


Mayra Calvani said...

Yes, Kim, that's my little brother. I'm so proud of him. That little boy is an astrophysicist at NASA now. :-)

Kim, an old aunt introduced me to Agatha Christie. She had the whole collection in Spanish. I read one book and I was hooked, hooked, hooked. I would borrow a book, then come back a few days later for another, until I read the whole collection. I fell in love with the cozy mystery genre. After that, I discovered Sir Arthur Conan Doyle... and then Barbara Cartland! LOL

I never read children's books or mid-grade books (except the obligatory titles from school).

So yes, just be patient with your daughter. Maybe she hasn't find the perfect genre yet.

Thank you all for your kind messages!

Margot Finke said...

Ah-hah, Donna turns the tables, and the inquisitor's microscope is now aimed at Mayra.

Love learning more about Mayra. Her talent and energy are amazing.
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Jennifer Gladen said...

I agree Margot! Mayra is a true inspiration.

Mayra Calvani said...

Oh dear! You're making me blush! LOL

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