Cleo can tie a bow. She learned what she knows from a rabbit and a fox. They can teach your
child how to tie a bow, too. This fun picture book is intended to be a family bonding parent-child
activity. It’s a great way to learn to tie shoelaces.
When and where do you prefer to write?
I prefer daytime writing over evenings. My
home office window has a lovely view of a beautiful lake scene. I enjoy getting to
observe the movements of nature as I write. There are always birds and squirrels in the
yard. Sometimes I see an eagle pair soaring overhead. It is all quite charming and
Do you have a certain ritual?
I usually have to have total silence when I’m writing but
once in a great while, I feel the need for music. Sometime that’s because I am writing a
musical scene and I want to get in the mood for it. Other times, I am writing an actual
song for a book and I end up going over it again and again before sending it off to an
instrumentalist and singer. The Cleo Can Tie A Bow song went through several
iterations before it ended up like it does now. By the way…something you might want to
keep in mind if you ever write a song for a book. Make sure it is at least 1 minute and 1
second long, otherwise you won’t be able to get it licensed for air play on Itunes, Spotify
and other streaming services. Cleo’s song was originally only 30 seconds long. After
Tunecore, the licensing organization I use, rejected it for being too short, I ended up
having to add another verse and I also had to re-hire both the musician and singer. That
could have all been avoided, had I known about the minimum play time rule. So, I hope
this tip helps save others extra time and money.
Do you like a drink or something to nibble on while you write?
I pretty much forget to eat
or drink when I’m writing and creating I get so involved in what I am doing that time
flies. But after I’m finished for the day, I certainly enjoy a nice glass of red wine…with
ice. Yes, I am that gauche! LOL
Do you consider writing a different genre or do you already do that?
I have written in a few different genres over the past 40 years. My first “book” ended up being a 4 Volume
compilation of phrases called Sybrina’s Phrase Thesaurus. I’ve also written a unicorn
fantasy which evolved into several books. The last book that I’ve nearly finished writing
for it will be called The Marbryn Compendium. It will detail and give back-stories to the
characters, places and magic found in Journey To Osm – The Blue Unicorn’s Tale. Now
that Cleo Can Tie A Bow has been published, I think I’ve finally finished all of the
different versions for the Learn To Tie With The Rabbit and The Fox series of books.
You never really know, though. It took nearly 30 years for the bow book to present itself
to me. Rather than writing actual books, I spend most of my time now promoting and
marketing the books that have already been published.
What is/are your favourite book(s)?
I’m not sure if you’re referring to favorite books that
I wrote or other people’s books. If we’re talking about others, then I’d have to say Anne
Rice is my favorite author of all time. I adore her vampire, Lestat. I am also really fond
of Piers Anthony’s unicorn books. His Adept series contains some really clever writing.
My favorite books are mostly science fiction and fantasy. Over the years, I’ve ready 20
or 30 Dr. Who books by various authors. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is one of the
most frightening books I ever read and it is one of my all-time favorites. There are
elements in it that remind me of what is happening in the world today.
Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know? I never base my character
on people I know. I don’t know a single real person who loves bows as much as Cleo.
But as I researched different visuals for the book, I’ve seen more than a few bow-crazy
girls on social media who are really into a Japanese phenomenon called Sweet Lolita
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Oh, I wouldn’t go there. Too much bad juju can occur from trying to write with other people. Do it yourself.
You will be much happier.
Do you take a (digital) notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I use the note app on my phone for that. It certainly does come in handy.
Which genre(s) do you not like at all?
I do not like any kind of blood and guts horror. I
don’t like, in your face, violence. I don’t like books with lots of words or scenes that are
only placed there for shock value. The older I get, the more sweetness and light I prefer.
If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and
I would head straight for Stonehenge in Wiltshire County. Wiltshire is my maiden
name and I’ve always had a fascination for the history of Druids and fairies and such.
Thank you, Sybrina Durant and Pump Up Your Book
About the author
Sybrina Durant is the author of The Rabbit and The Fox Learn To Tie Series of Books which
include Learn To Tie A Neck Tie With The Rabbit and the Fox in English, Spanish and Tagalog;
Ned Can Knot A Neck Tie; Nellie Can Knot A Neck Scarf and the newest addition, Cleo Can
Tie A Bow. She also the author of The Blue Unicorn Series of books and has an online book
store which features, unicorns, rabbits, foxes, and how to tie books plus gift items related to
those things plus lots of bow-themed gifts.
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