by Lydia Rueger
Colorado children’s author Denise Vega gives kids advice for stubborn bedtime monsters in her latest children’s book coming out in March. Step-by-step kids will learn to how to give monsters an ice-cold bath, a fang flossing, and a big glass of oozy bug juice to get them ready for bed. Vega, who spent all but one year of her K-12 education in Littleton and Englewood, credits many of her teachers for giving her the encouragement to become a writer. She currently lives in Denver with her family.
CP: What inspired the idea for If Your Monster Won’t Go To Bed?
DV: I had been playing around with a variety of monster stories, and suddenly the title came to me, along with the idea of a “how to” format. There are so many monster books out—I love a good monster book—and I wanted to make sure mine was unique in some way.
CP: Are their any similarities between yourself as a child, and the female character telling the story?
DV: When I was a kid, I loved making things out of what was at hand—mud pies, potions from water, leaves, berries, etc. I think that’s where the “bug juice” idea came from in the book. But the character is much more determined than I probably would have been at that age!
CP: What’s your favorite part of being a children’s author?
DV: One, I love sharing time with kids at book events and school visits. Kids are brilliant and delightful and I love learning from them and laughing with them. Two, I love teaching writers who share my passion. I feel big gratitude for these gifts that come from being a children’s author.
CP: What’s one misconception that you think people have about being a children’s author?
DV: That every book my agent submits will be accepted for publication and will make a lot of money. If only! Publication is just one aspect of being an author and it comes with its own set of challenges. I continue to immerse myself in the writing process because that’s where the joy is.