Book: Hairy Back Jack And The Three Little Hairs
Q1. Hello, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.
My name is Chris Perreira Jardine and my wife’s name is Rachael Perreira Jardine. We love art, fashion, interior design and pretty much everything that allows us to be creative including painting- which we both did a lot while living in Costa Rica. Rachael has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Arts and Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce Marketing Degree along with a Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development. Our three children keep us quite busy in our spare time!
Q2. What were the key challenges you faced while writing ‘Hairy Back Jack And The Three Little Hairs’ book?
We wrote Hairy Back Jack and the Three Little Hairs nine years ago, while living abroad, teaching English in Costa Rica- where we lived for two years. Since returning to Canada, we had not stopped thinking about bringing this book to fruition, so we did! If there is a silver lining of this global pandemic, that would be it! It allowed us to come together creatively and get both the publishing and illustration process underway.
Q3. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Hairy Back Jack and the Three Little Hairs is a children’s picture book for children of all ages. In a recent interview, the interviewer quickly did the math… “nine years ago, and your oldest child is five- so this means that you wrote this book way before having children!”. At that time, when writing this book, it just felt right. We knew at some point that we wanted to have children, and why not create a magical experience of our own that both of our children and ourselves can be proud of. In retrospect thinking back, we were probably inspired by both Pinocchio, for the magical fairy tale component and Goldilocks and the Three Bears for the name- those are true classics, who isn’t inspired by those books?
Q4. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?
Our favourite spot to visit in Canada is a little town called Mattawa, which is located in the Canadian province of Ontario and located in the Nipissing District. When we are in this little quaint town, which is usually once a summer, we stay at the Nature’s Harmony – Shamayim Cabin, where we can unwind, relax as a family, get creative and breathe in everything that nature has to offer.
Q5. Is there a lot to do before you dive in and start writing a book?
For us, the process was a little bit different- we dove in and wrote the book while we either sat pool side or beach side, at that point in Costa Rica, where we had complete mental clarity. The process of actually publishing and illustrating came later, as we mentioned, nine years later. It is important to do your research to find the right publisher that makes the most sense for your goals and objectives. It is also imperative to find the perfect illustrator that can make the visuals in your head come to life- with the most appropriate style of illustration.
Q6. How long did it take you to write ‘Hairy Back Jack And The Three Little Hairs’ book?
We worked on it for probably a month or two- fine-tuning the language and sentences. Once we were on a roll, we were on a roll and we super motivated to keep it going, both adding new ideas and concepts to the plot and story line.
Q7. On what platforms can readers find Hairy Back Jack And The Three Little Hairs for purchase?
You can find Hairy Back Jack And The Three Little Hairs on Amazon, Wal Mart, Barnes and Noble, Chapters Indigo.
Q8. Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Hairy Back Jack And The Three Little Hairs’?
The title was a given. Could there be any other name than Hairy Back Jack And The Three Little Hairs?! As for the cover. We designed a quick sketch with a stick figure- it was almost as if we were in the same brain (Chris/Rachael), thinking the same thing. We knew exactly how we wanted it to look. See below. From beginning to end.
Book Is Available On Amazon