Joining us today is Viji Chary, author of the picture book, Porcupine’s Seeds. This is her debut book for children. Viji K. Chary was born in India and immigrated to the United States at the age of two. Her passion for writing stories began in elementary school and has evolved from coaching children in various activities, including gymnastics, classroom activities, and creative competitions. Her stories have been published in Highlights for Children, Ladybug Magazine, Hopscotch for Girls and many more.
Chary has lived in California nearly all her life. “I went to school and college here. I also worked in the science field here,” shared Chary. “My husband and I even raised our children with an emphasis on science and music. In the process, I’ve learned to be curious about various subjects. This is great for writing.”
She shared how her now two teenage children and two young nephews keep her busy. “My nephews love to read. They keep me in touch with my target audience,” shared Chary.
When Chary was younger, she loved Curious George, Amelia Bedelia and Little Bear books. She shared, “Although, writing is no longer in that format, I want to create something that is long lasting. I first became interested in writing in sixth grade. At that time, I used to read the same books I loved over and over again. I found it hard to find other interesting books.”
Chary has always felt a story should have excitement and her favorite part of writing for young readers is creating a text that flows smoothly. “This kind of writing is deceptively simple. With a few words, a writer must creative strong characters, a plot, a conflict and good resolution. It takes a lot of re-reading and re-writing,” said Chary. “However, the greatest challenge is to find a story that rings true with this audience that has not been overdone. It cannot be ‘babyish’ and should not be beyond the audience’s grasp.”
Her debut book Porcupine’s Seeds is about how Porcupine longs to grow beautiful sunflowers in his garden, just like Raccoon. When Raccoon gives Porcupine seeds, she says that all they need is soil, sun and water. “But growing sunflowers is not easy for Porcupine,” shared Chary. “When my son was four, we planted seeds in small pots. As he went inside the house, he tripped over the threshold and the soil and seeds scattered. This incident sparked a story idea that became Porcupine’s Seeds.”
Chary also remarks that Porcupine is a lot like her in the fact that she does not have a “green” thumb either. She shared, “I have a very difficult time growing plants–mostly because I forget to water them. However, there is more to growing plants. One is learning to problem solving when you have difficulties. This is a great asset in the world of children and adults. Porcupine has problems at each turn of events. Yet, Porcupine finds a solution for each one. Even after his greatest setback, Porcupine finds a way to grow sunflowers.”
Viji K. Chary’s debut book, Porcupine’s Seeds has much to offer – learning science concepts, appreciating hard work and building
self-esteem. Readers can purchase a copy of Porcupine’s Seeds at 4rvpublishingcatalog chary.php or through any major bookseller.
Readers can learn more about Viji K. Chary at www.vijikchary.com.
The World of Ink Network also toured author Viji K. Chary’s children’s picture book Porcupine’s Seeds published by 4RV Publishing.
Readers can find out more about Viji K. Chary at tinyurl.com/6wewb3c
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