Interview with Annie Parnell Author of Missy Piggle-Wiggle Interview with Annie Parnell Author of Missy Piggle-Wiggle

Interview with Annie Parnell Author of Missy Piggle-Wiggle

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I recently received an advance copy of the latest in the series Missy Piggle-Wiggle. Both my son and I were able to brainstorm some questions to interview one of the author’s, Annie Parnell.

Annie Parnell is the great-granddaughter of Betty MacDonald who is the creator of the original and iconic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle book series, and who 60 years later has joined forces with legendary NY Times Best-Selling children’s author Ann M. Martin (The Baby-Sitter’s Club series) to create a modern-day take on the original series that has young Missy Piggle-Wiggle stepping into her great-aunt Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s enchanted shoes. Their eagerly anticipated new book Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Won’t Walk the Dog Cure, features Missy curing whiney-whiners and smarty-pantsiness, as well as other habits while continuing to make a life for herself in Little Spring Valley.

Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Won't Walk the Dog Cure

Tell me about your great grandmother and how Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle came about. I am sure you have heard stories passed down or even have heard firsthand.

Annie Parnell

  • I come from a family, like many others, that loves to tell stories.  My mom told me bedtime stories as a child, much as her mother did, and much like Betty did.  That is ultimately the genesis of Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. I worry this has become a bit of a lost art, sitting at our kids’ bedside and just making up stories. I know I don’t do it nearly so often as my children would like, probably because I believe what I could read them would be so much better than whatever I might make up on the spot.  However my kids always love the made up stories best, and I did too when I was little. Isn’t that interesting?

What made you want to continue the series with Missy Piggle-Wiggle?

  • For me, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle was more a long lost family member than she was a character in a book. So when given the opportunity to help carry on her legacy to a new generation of kids, I jumped at it. Also, having kids of my own and knowing how much our world has changed, I felt there were a lot more stories to tell, more children to cure, and I wanted to be a part of doing that.

What is your inspiration for creating these stories?

  • Obviously, so much of this comes from being a parent.  This is not to say that my children have been guilty of all of these bad behaviors (though they’ve certainly done their fair share), but we parents talk and laugh about the stuff we go through and I just write everything down hoping it will inspire a great cure.

Can you give us a clue as to what next adventure awaits Missy?

  • As the books move forward, Missy continues to cure the children of Little Spring Valley, but she also has some slightly more grown-up problems of her own to solve as well.

Did you always want to become a writer? 

  • Nope.  For most of my young life, I wanted to be an astronaut, I even went to space camp. Then I studied acting in college and worked in Hollywood making TV shows. Television really is a writer’s medium; it’s not like movies where you tell a story in two hours. These stories have to survive over dozens and dozens of hours.  If they aren’t supported by really smart writers with a long view and a strong grip on their characters, then there’s no TV show. So it was really during this time that I fell in love with writing and reading other writers.

What advice would you give kids who would like to write a book one day?

  • Write.  Just write and write and keep on writing. And then read, and read and keep on reading. The best writers I know write all the time, and every time you write something, you get better at it. Nobody ever writes the best thing they’ll ever write on their first try. They keep at it until they write something so good it has to be shared.

How did the partnership with Ann M. Martin come about?

  • It was a stroke of genius from Jean Feiwel at Feiwel and Friends, our publisher.  Jean had worked with Ann for years, and when she read my proposal she saw that this could be a good partnership, and I have to agree.

Have you ever had writer’s block? How did you overcome that?

  • Absolutely.  Usually, a good walk works. But sometimes I’m just so hung up I have to really walk away and do something entirely different for a while.  So long as I relax and remind myself that it will come to me and it always does.

What are some of the books you read growing up?

  • I was a sci-fi junkie. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, Herbert’s Dune series and anything by Asimov. I also loved the Black Stallion series when I was younger.

What is your favorite flavor of ice-cream?  

  •  I have a few very strict rules about ice cream – no nuts (except on top of a sundae) and no coffee flavor. Other than that, anything goes. However, if it’s got caramel, chocolate and/or marshmallows in it, then I’m in heaven!

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6 Comment

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    Jan Lee
    September 11, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I don’t remember this specific series. Will she be writing any other series’ ever?

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    Julie Lundstrom
    September 13, 2017 at 2:38 am

    I would like to ask her how long it took her to write this book? How do you get inspiration for the books you write?

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    Kelly & Sue Richlin
    September 16, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    We know that your Aunt Joanie Linares is terriably proud of what you have done! Bringing your Great Grand,others Legacy to life, is a tribute of your love for her memory and your family!

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    Pam Flynn
    September 17, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Oh my gosh…I remember MissyPiggle Wiggle when I first started teaching Elementary School. I taught Kindergarten & introduced not only my classroom to Missy Piggle Wiggle but also my daughter who was in Kindergarten. I read Missy Piggle Wiggle every year to my Kindergarteners’ & First Graders throughout my 30 years of teaching. I would love to have this to introduce my 7 yr. old granddaughter to this wonderful story and character as I am now retired.

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    Pam Flynn
    September 17, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    When I was teaching it was Mrs. Piggle Wiggle not Missy Piggle Wiggle & yes…ditto to my last comment except it was Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. I kept thinking to my self…it was Mrs. Piggle Wiggle & I loved reading this & my students loved listening & filling in when I would leave out words. Sorry…I meant Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. Thanks.

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    courtney hennagir
    September 21, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I loved these books when I was in school! I remember having to pay big fines at the library because I kept them forever,lol! I have got to get all of them for my kids to read. They are just the best! I don’t know what I would ask Annie.I would probably just give her a big hug,lol!

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