Thursday, December 5, 2019

"A Llama Like No Other Llama" by Paula Rodriguez

Names are something we all have. I love my name my parents gave to me, Melissa. I recently learned from my mother how they chose it. They were watching a John Wayne movie and one of the characters in the film had that name. Have you ever wondered why or how your parents named you? Were you named after someone? Is your name unique that no one else has it?
You don't have to answer the questions, but they do bring me to my next author and book -- "A Llama Like No Other Llama," by Paula Rodriguez. You might be wondering how this book ties into how someone got their name. Keep reading about the book and the author's interview and by the end, it will all make sense.
A story about a llama named Allama, that is no ordinary llama. The most well-known and fashionable llama in her town. Known for her love of candy and fashion. She is a busy llama. Whether it's shopping, planning something is always happening with this llama. A story with a holiday flare. Fun reading for the entire family.

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
I'm native of Belize. I Live in Los Angeles, California. I attended many schools due to being in the foster care system. Because of these difficult years, I always have determined to be the best person I could be. I always turned to books for a different view on life other than my own. I grew to love books and my library card. The more books I read the more I would love me. What a magical thing that happened to me when I read books by Judy Blume. My world was finally explained to me in a way that was crystal clear.
What inspired you to author this book?
My eldest daughter Allama.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
Allama was my inspiration from start to finish. Allama has been ill with breast problems. For over ten years Allama had many procedures and surgeries. Through all this Allama started selling T-shirts to make ends meet. The business evolved into a full boutique in the Los Angeles area. It had been an entire year after Allama received the last surgery with absolutely no setbacks. This book is a celebration of her recovery from the years of pain and suffering.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
 Judy Blume. Alice White. Oprah Winfrey. Sondra Rhimes. Michelle Obama. Bill Clinton.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
My struggles were how long I wanted the first book to be. Knowing that I want to write more about Allama and her journey as a series.
Tell your readers about your book.
This enchanting book is about my daughter Allama. Allama wondered a lot about her name as a child. Her name was always asked to be repeated and was told how unusual her name was. This is an inspiring story of Allama and her cunning ways of planning and executing like no other llama in the town of llamas near a lake. A wondrous story that is great for the entire family.
Who is your target audience, and why?
The target audience would be a pre-teen, teen, tweens. A wondrous story for the entire family. A story with a holiday flare.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?
Happy children. Writing this book in celebration of my daughter's recovery.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
What sets me apart is the fact that my story is depicted from a true character and true characteristics of the character. Our story is also was the inspiration for the nonprofit that we started in 2013 name a mentoring program for the community. We also support a self-breast examination awareness.