What Inspired Moose Mischief?
I came up with the idea for Moose Mischief® in 2010 after my husband, Peter, told me an endearing story about befriending a moose when he was a child. Peter grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska and one summer a moose started coming by his house every day around lunch time to eat crabapples off the tree in his front yard. Realizing this, Peter made himself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and waited for the moose, so they could have lunch together.
The Creation of Cooper and the Moose
It sure is a lot of work to create a children's book! In fact, it took me six years to complete mine. I began by developing my characters. I created my moose first, deciding early on that I wanted him to walk on two legs like Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig, so that he had a human quality about him. I then conceptualized Cooper with the goal of making him stand out from other cartoon boys. After trial and error, I eventually decided that to make Cooper distinguishable, he would always wear a fun hat.
How I Published the Pancake Book
It's not a simple process to publish a book. I chose to publish "Moose Mischief: A Pancake Surprise!" independently because I wanted creative freedom and complete control over the content of my book. For this reason, I never approached a traditional publisher or sought out a book agent. I established my own publishing company, TypeWorm, LLC in February 2017, and my slogan is “Bookworms love to read, and TypeWorms love to write!”
The Start of the YouTube Channel
I remember being so bored at home as a kid and desperate for something to do. Children need activities to keep their minds active! That's why I decided to start a YouTube channel that encourages learning through hands-on activities. On my channel, Moose Mischief®, I give tutorials on craft and science projects, while teaching you about our amazing world.