Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mildred Potash, Author of Millie and Cupcake

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Today we are interviewing Mildred Potash, author of the children's book Millie and Cupcake.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Mildred Potash. I am from Brooklyn, New York. I have always loved animals since I was a child. My very first pets were two rats, and during my  life I  have  enjoyed the companionship of hamsters, guinea pigs, two ferrets, a cat and dogs. My appreciation of the warmth and intelligence of rats inspired me to write this book.  I earned my  associates degree in arts  and   now  I  will receive my bachelor's degree in multimedia.

Describe the plot of your book, Millie and Cupcake, in a few sentences.
The Story of a Girl and Her Wonderful Pet! For many children, the experience of bonding with and loving a first pet is an unforgettable time in their lives. Millie and Cupcake is the charming and educational story of a girl and her companion animal ... a different animal than many kids think of when choosing a pet.

Cupcake is a rat, and readers will be enchanted as they learn what rats are really like: clean, loving, highly intelligent, trainable personalities who add immeasurable value to people's lives. Follow along with Millie as she learns how to take care of her sociable, curious, and affectionate best friend.

Children's book author Mildred Potash

Who do you think would most appreciate Millie and Cupcake?
Small kids and  people that love animals.

What inspired you to write a book that addresses stereotypes associated with rats?
My pet rat Cupcake inspired me to write this book.

Tell us a bit about the protagonists, Millie and Cupcake.
Millie is shy and she loves animals just like myself. She becomes best friends with her new friend cupcake.

Why do you think there are so many negative stereotypes associated with rats?

When people hear the word rat they assume the rats are the sewer rats. They judge too quickly and think that rats are dirty and that they bite. Rats are the smartest pets and they are clean, funny, loving, and love human interactions.  Unlike hamsters, rats are always up and ready to play. I just want to get the message out there that rats make great pets

A major theme of your book is companionship between humans and non-humans. What are some benefits you’ve experienced from your own relationships with animal friends?

I have experienced the unconditional love and strong bonds from my pet rats.  Each one has their own special personality. They are great pets.

How long have you been writing?
I started writing for two years now.

How do you feel about the increasing popularity of ebooks?

ebooks are good but I prefer the physical book.

Do you write with a computer, typewriter, or pen and paper? Why do you use this tool?
I write  my ideas down on paper first and then I use the computer.  I use paper first so I don't forget my ideas.

What do you have in mind for your next project?

The second part of Millie and Cupcake is in the process of being published.  I also have some mini series lined up.

Is there anything else you'd like potential readers to know about your book?
My book is a cute story with good messages. It is about family, love, and friendship.

Book trailer for Millie and Cupcake
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