I recently met Lindsay Barry, a fellow Northern Virginia mama who has a super cute kids book called Journey to Constellation Station. The book is so sweet and I was really inspired by her story of how she decided one day to write a book and accomplished that goal. I love sharing stories of strong mamas who are doing amazing things so I was very excited to interview Lindsay Barry and find out what it’s like to be a mama author.
Our little guy loves the book. Just like Lindsay’s children he loves the trains and the stars. He loves pointing out all the animals and making the noises. There is also a cat and teddy bear throughout the book that he likes to spot on the pages. The illustrations are really beautiful. Now, that he is older, he loves reading to us. I took this video of him reading Journey to Constellation Station.
Journey to Constellation Station Lindsay Barry Interview
What is Journey to Constellation Station about?
Journey to Constellation Station is the rhythmic story of an interstellar train ride that will whisk you into a special part of space―the magical Constellation Station. Hop off the train to gaze through a unique telescope of stars. Stare down Leo the Lion, meet Orion the Hunter, see Pegasus spread his wings, and more! Climb aboard, readers. Next stop: Constellation Station!
Why did you write Journey to Constellation Station?
I wrote Journey to Constellation Station because my two boys (four and two at the time) were obsessed with trains and outer space. One day in the mommy trenches, it just hit me – I should combine the two! My mom always said I was a great writer (thanks mom!) and she was my English teacher for two years…so I guess she would know. I sat down to write while the kids were napping, and that’s how the book came to be. Two years later, it’s published and getting great reviews.
What is the most difficult aspect of writing a children’s book?
Actually, the easy part was writing it. It was hard to find a publisher and illustrator, but I was pretty lucky in that respect. I’d say the MOST difficult thing about the process is the marketing. I really enjoy it, but it takes up every waking thought I have not related to kids, volunteering, coffee, and my side job of an executive assistant. I’m always looking for ways to get the word out, partner with businesses and people I meet on social media (or in line for coffee).
What is a typical day in the life like for you?
A day in the life for me is…chaos! I get both boys ready and to school three days a week (one is full-time and one is M, W, F). On the off days for my youngest, I try to plan activities in between marketing, email follow-ups, errands, etc. On days when he has school too, I am either at the gym, answering emails, or reading my book to schools all over Northern Virginia.
Before I know it, it’s usually pickup time, and my mom hat is fully in place again (rather than askew during the day), and it’s time to make dinner and start the bedtime process. My husband and I have a pretty good routine down, but it’s definitely a hard balance. Thankfully I also have a mom tribe that helps me so much and supports me, because there’s no way I could do this without them!
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