Book Title: Alycat and the Friendship Friday by Alysson Foti Bourque
Illustrated by: Chiara Civati
Category: Children’s Fiction, 32 pages
Genre: Picture Book, Friendship
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Oct 23, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 1 to 27, 2018
Content Rating: G
It’s finally Friday, and Alycat is excited to go on a field trip with her friends. But when she doesn’t have anyone to sit with on the bus, Alycat feels left out. Can she use her creativity and imagination to help everyone feel included?
Alycat and the Friendship Friday will teach readers that making new friends isn’t as scary as you might think.
Alysson Foti Bourque earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern University Law Center. After practicing law for six years, she traded in writing trial briefs for writing children’s books. She enjoys public speaking opportunities at schools, conferences, and festivals nationwide. She hopes to inspire people of all ages to follow their dreams and believe in themselves. Currently, she resides in Sunset, Louisiana with her husband and two children.
Interview with Alysson Foti Bourque:
If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be? I want readers to remember me as the author who tried to spread kindness and a love for reading at every book reading/signing. I want young readers to remember me as the “author who smiled a lot, enjoyed reading, and made them smile”.
Do you have another profession besides writing? I practiced law for six years leading up to my decision to become a full-time author and haven’t looked back. I still maintain my license, but this makes me happy and fulfilled.
How has your law degree helped you in the literary industry? Besides the obvious of understanding contracts and legal terms, practicing law helped me develop a thick skin and unrelenting problem-solving skills. I’ve come to understand that problems will arise, but it is how we resolve those situations and ourselves that make us who we truly are. I experienced a lot of trials and tribulations while practicing law, but it gave me social awareness and experience that has made me a better fictional writer and creative thinker.
How has becoming an author opened doors for new adventures? Well, I am now a News Contributor for our local FOX NEWS15 station here in Lafayette, LA and loving it. The segment is called KidLit Picks and every week I highlight a new release in children’s literature on a live segment and follow with a related craft. It’s so much fun and I love supporting other authors in the community as well.
What are your goals as an author? My goals are to be unique, to be me, and to make others smile. I recognize that every author visit is unique, so I try to reinvent each experience while keeping in line with my goals and values. I want kids to recognize their uniqueness and I feel that I can show them that through literature. Pretending to be someone you’re not should be done in your imagination, not in real life.