Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Amy Parker & Night Night Bible Stories

Posted May 8, 2019 by Carrie in Amy Parker, Author Interview, children, Christian, giveaway / 15 Comments


Eep! Y’all! Amy Parker is here today, to talk about her book Night Night Bible Stories!

Amy Parker has written and co-written more than fifty books for children, teens, and adults, with 1.8 million copies sold. She has collaborated with authors ranging from New York Times bestsellers to her very own son. Two of these collaborations—Firebird and Courageous Teens—are recipients of Christian Retailing’s Best Awards. But Amy’s greatest reward is being a wife to Daniel and a mom to their amazing sons, Michael and Ethan.

You can connect with Amy on her website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

GENRE: Children’s Book/Bible Stories
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: March 26, 2019
PAGES: 208
AGE RANGE: 3-7 years old

Before you say good night, snuggle your kids cozy close and enjoy favorite Bible stories for bedtime. Amy Parker and Virginia Allyn, the author-illustrator pair you know and love from the bestselling books Night Night, Farm and Night Night, Train, have teamed up again for their first bedtime Bible storybook.

Night Night Bible Stories includes 30 stories from the Old and New Testaments told in narration. Each Bible story features rhyming takeaways to remind little ones of God’s love and care along with a sweet bedtime prayer. Stories include:

  • When the World Was Made
  • The World’s Bravest Queen
  • An Angel Visits Mary
  • Jesus Lives
  • Go Tell the World!

Bedtime is the perfect time to share with your children timeless messages of faith from the Bible. For old and new fans of Amy Parker Night Night books, Night Night Bible Stories is sure help your little ones fall asleep feeling safe and loved.

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Hi Amy! Welcome to the blog!

Amy: SUMMER I need sunshine in my life, and Tennessee winters are awfully gray (with almost zero snow).

Carrie: see, i love winter … but it has to have snow. Gray without snow is just tedious and depressing…and pretty much a Kentucky winter too. LOL Give me a cool sunny winter day with about six inches of snow and I’m a happy camper!

Amy: Coffee, but I’ll have a chai now and then.

Carrie: I feel like I’ll never be grown up until I like either coffee or tea… and I’m 41 years old already so…. lol

Amy: NETFLIX. I appreciate Hallmark’s wholesome values, but I need a little plot variety, y’all. Plus, I live in a house of boys.

Carrie: haha! enough said…

Amy: PRINT; I need to feel and smell and hear the whoosh of the pages. 😊 This is all a part of the experience for me. 

Carrie: yesssss ♥

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Amy: Oooh, how about the ability to clone myself (in solely a superpower-y kind of way). Like, if I need to be picking up my son from school AND meeting my friend from out of town in Nashville, I can do both—and still have a cumulative memory of all of the clone’s experiences. 😊

Carrie: oh wouldn’t that be lovely?!?

Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first? 

Amy: The kids’ section! Of course, I want to see which of my books they’re carrying. But it’s usually so vibrant and alive. Families are reading together, kids are dancing and playing on the stage, the little girl is in the corner with her nose in a paperback—I just love to see the way books bring little ones to life.

Carrie: YES! Me too. I love the energy and adorableness of the kids’ section of a bookstore! Here’s an article about our local bookstore’s kids’ section, which is one of my fave places to hang out.

Q: Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks? Any snacks/beverages that are a must when you sit down to write?

Amy: I don’t know how strange it is, but I can only write with instrumental music, and I almost always have it on when I write. It doesn’t matter what—anything from piano hymns to Mozart to Lindsey Stirling. If I’m writing a Christmas book or a bedtime book, I’ll turn on Christmas or lullaby music. It really helps me to focus . . . somehow. For food and drinks, I usually have my one latte a day. After that it’s water, sometimes sparkling. And if I’m really crunching on a deadline, I’ll hunt down some Peanut M&Ms (chocolate & protein, right?) for writing fuel. 

Carrie: you had me at Peanut M&Ms and Lindsey Stirling!

Q: How did you get started writing children’s books? What is your favorite part of the process? 

Amy: I have always loved reading and writing, but I never really dreamed that I’d be an author almost until I already was! It’s funny how we can miss the most obvious things. I was working as an editor, when my job was eliminated. They asked me to be a freelance editor, so I did, even though that was a completely foreign concept to me. As a freelancer, I was able to pick up some freelance writing, too, and I enjoyed that so much more than editing. (I think I was better at it too.) After much practice, I gained the confidence and skill to submit my own children’s book idea, and they published it! There was no overnight success here. It was a completely gradual process, and I learned more and more about the business and craft of writing every single step of the way. I have two favorite parts—both the inspiration of the idea, that “aha!” moment, and then sharing the finished book with little ones. In the middle is a whole lot of work. It’s enjoyable work, but it’s nowhere near as fun as seeing little ones absorbing the idea that initially inspired you!

Carrie: I know little ones everywhere (and their parents…. or cool aunts, if we’re talking about me) are so glad you decided to take that leap!

Q: What is your favorite Bible story? What do you think we can learn from that particular story, both as children and adults? 

Amy: There are so many—for so many different reasons! But the story of David and Goliath was the first to pop into my mind, so let’s go with that. If we look at David’s story up until the point where he faces Goliath, we see how God had prepared David, even in his lowly job as a shepherd, to face the giant. We see David standing up for his faith, even when older, wiser warriors cowered in the corner. We see David choosing his own strengths, his own way to fight Goliath, not even taking the king’s own armor. And we see, ultimately, that faith won the fight. David knew, without a doubt, who was really fighting this battle. And David knew, without a doubt, who would win. I think we could all use that kind of faith in our everyday battles. 

Carrie: “David knew, without a doubt, who was really fighting this battle. And David knew, without a doubt, who would win.” – i love this. yes.

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Night Night Bible Stories?

Amy: More than anything, I want readers—little ones and mamas and daddies and teachers and grandparents—to walk away knowing the endless, unconditional love that God has for them personally and individually. The Bible is the story of just how much God loves us, His sacrificial love for His people, and I want everyone to walk away knowing that life-changing love.

Carrie: oh amen & amen ♥

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Amy: Night Night, Zoo is coming in July! It is so stinkin’ adorable and is a celebration, an apology, or maybe just an acceptance of how our homes become an absolute zoo at bedtime. And of course, you’ll get to meet a whole bunch of adorable animals who live there at the zoo with their parents. After that Night Night Devotions (with the most fun cover ever!) releases in the fall. It’s the devotional companion to Night Night Bible Stories.

 

Carrie: yay!!! I know what my nephews are getting as books for the rest of the year 😉


Thomas Nelson is offering 1 of my readers an awesome book haul!! ONE winner (US only) will receive 1 print copy each of:

  • Night Night Bible Stories
  • Night Night Farm (signed)
  • Night Night Sleepytown
  • Night Night Jungle

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What about you? What’s your favorite story from the Bible? Why do you love it?

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15 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Amy Parker & Night Night Bible Stories

  1. Jocelyn

    My favorite story from the Bible is the story of Joseph. He went through so much, yet he maintained a pure heart.

  2. It’s hard to choose, of course. But one of my favorites is the scene where the Pharisees drag the adulterous woman through the streets to be judged by Jesus according to the Law. I can’t fathom the humiliation she felt. The shame. I CAN imagine the guilt, the feeling of deserving–expecting–condemnation for my sins, only to meet the reckless, audacious gift of grace instead. And truly, it unglues me every. single. time.

    • Carrie

      “only to meet the reckless, audacious gift of grace instead.” – YES. This. Love it.

  3. Merry

    My favorite is Daniel in the Lions Den. Daniel wouldn’t deny his faith and God protected him.

  4. MS Barb

    The Christmas story! And Esther! And Ruth! & Daniel in the Lion’s Den! And Moses! And Sampson! And…oh, wait…I LOVE The Bible, and I don’t think I can pick just one story!

  5. Danielle Hammelef

    I have so many favorite stories–Old Testament ones are Noah because of the animals and his faith to build the ark; and Joseph because of how he forgave his brothers. New Testament–when Jesus appeared to the apostles in the locked room for the first time after his resurrection–I am more like doubting Thomas and this reminds me every time to have faith.

  6. Marilyn

    Joseph and his protection of Mary.Ruth and Naomi. The devotion to each other is touching.

  7. judyl maharrey

    my favorite story from the Bible is Ruth. It is so inspiring about her faith and love for Naomi.

  8. Diane Buie

    IT’s hard to choose a fav Bible story but, there are a few that stand out more than most! 🙂 Like everyone else, I enjoy Ruth and Naomi, Esther, and the stories in the gospels that describe the “human or playful” side of Jesus. For example, The time Jesus turned water to wine at a wedding; I often wondered if He danced with his mom? When Jesus fished wih the disciples, did He tell funny jokes as well as calm the waves? I imagine things like that.

  9. Vivian Furbay

    I like many but the Joseph especially. Wonderful how God used all the tragedies in his life to bring about the saving of his family during the famine.

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