Monsters, Peacocks & Unicorns

Updated: Nov 2, 2018

A Conversation With Simone Padur & Susanna Mittermaier

What do monsters, peacocks, and unicorns all have in common? Children’s book authors Simone Padur and Susanna Mittermaier—along with podcast host and author Katarina Wallentin — have written inspiring stories that teach both children and adults in magical ways.

Inspiration can strike anytime, anywhere, and asking the question: “What needs to be created right now?” opens up a world of possibilities to explore messages that have the power to impact people of all ages. In a way, stories create themselves sometimes, and once they are born into the world, they can take on a life of their own.

Listen to learn about the creative process of writing books for children and how the spark of an idea can take many forms and arrive unexpectedly.

Key takeaways:

  • Ideas come in different ways, and the inspiration for a story can sometimes be fleeting

  • Children’s books often possess universal messages that benefit adults as well as children

  • Once a book is out in the world, it has its own life, creating and pulling in readers.



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