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WWAAM Interviews Hazel Nutt

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Where Writers And Authors Meet Interviews:
Hazel Nutt!

Hazel Nutt was our Featured Spotlight author last week and vistors were encouraged to ask Hazel some of their own questions! Here is a link to that Spotlight! Feel free to ask more questions, and we might just be able to get Hazel back for a follow up interview!


From Jim Henry

Hazel, it is amazing that you already know how to read, write, and have your own blog even before pre-school! How do you do so much at such a tender age?

     I will let you into a secret, I don't actually know how to read or write, (or even speak that well yet) but what I can do is twist my parents around my little finger, so that they create everything in my name, so I can reap all the benefits and rewards of being an successful author. I have also made them understand my mumblings, gestures and looks, so that I can actually claim the ideas for the books do come from me!

From Edward Forrest Frank

Are you sure that you are not mind controlling your parents? I mean are they having terrible two tantrums as well when you get upset?

     I am not going to deny mind controlling my parents! I am the epitome of "When she was good, She was very, very good, And when she was bad she was horrid!" They try their best to keep me happy most of the time. Bless 'em!

And oh yes, they sometimes have tantrums too, as it makes me stop mine and I laugh at them!!

From Jo Linsdell (

How do mummy and daddy find the time to help you write up all your ideas and turn them into books when they have you to look after? How much of an active role do you play in the process?

     Mummy and Daddy are burning the midnight oil to make me a successful picture book author, as during the day if Mum attempts to go on the computer, I shout "off, off" at her (unless I'm having a poo and that often gives her 20 minutes to answer the odd email)! Same if Daddy or Mummy tries to use a pen or pencil, I'll grab that out of their hands too!

     I do want to be a successful author, honestly! Mum being eight months plus pregnant means she can't sleep well anyway, so she is happy to be up all hours making me a famous toddler author! I think there might be a little break taken, when the baby arrives, until we can all find our feet again!

     I don't take too much of an active role - I just supply the ideas and inspiration (and plenty of it).

P.S. Congrats on your upcoming role as a big sister. Do you think she'll write books too?

Quite possibly, as she will idolize her older sister and want to copy me. Perhaps my little sister will be a philosopher - Poppy the Philosopher. Hmmm... Poppy Ponderings...

From Edward Forrest Frank:

Since you are "Hazel Nutt" aren't you afraid of being eaten by nut loving squirrels?

I'm a little girl silly! I'm not a real nut! Seriously though, I have I promised the squirrels who helped me create these books a good supply of nuts over the winter, to be paid out the royalties of these books, so I'd better sell some or else I might be in trouble!

From Virginia Jennings:

What inspired you to start writing?

     I have started to make markings that look like writing on my Etch-a-sketch, but when it comes to writing the picture books, that's my Mum's domain. She says that I inspire her. She used to write a lot of angst poetry as a teenager, but the pen had lain dormant for years, until me, her precious muse made an appearance and she has found it's a lot nicer, to write about the happy fun things I inspire!

Why did you choose squirrels as your first subjects?

     Squirrels are the first animals in the outside world that I really took notice of. Whilst being pushed in my buggy, I'd look up into the trees and see these little fuzzy balls of fur jumping from tree to tree, with their cheeky little faces, I just had to know what they were up to and so I kept watching them. My parents were looking ahead of them and missed all of the antics I saw (what I now know are called) squirrels get up to!

     When I communicated to my parents what I had seen, my parents thought it was such a novel idea, that they created three picture books in my name from it! The next four installments of the What Squirrels Do Series will be what squirrels get up to in the different seasons (and how squirrels might even instigate some of the seasonal changes)!

Who does the illustrations for your books? Can you tell us a little about your illustrator?

     My Daddy does the illustrations for the books. I sit and create something on my Etch-a-sketch and he makes it into the delightful illustrations that you see in the books! He can really spot all my wonderful ideas and translate them into just what I am seeing in my mind's eye! Of course, he has to remember what I drew on my Etch-a-Sketch as I won't let him sit and illustrate during the day. Oh no! I just give my approval in the morning.

If you could travel anyplace in the world where would you like to go?

     I don't know. At the moment my little contained world is enough. I love the park, going to toddler groups, going on walks around my village, shopping trips and going on the bus. I have traveled to visit my grandparents and slept on a plane journey both ways to France (from UK). I suppose that I love beaches, so a lovely sandy beach, where I could dig with my bucket and spade and chase seagulls, that would be a lovely place to go. I get all excited when I find the bucket and spade hidden in the bottom of my toy chest, where I'm not supposed to see it!

You do an awesome job at getting your parents to listen to you, do you have any advice for other children who might feel as though adults just don't listen to them?

     Rest assured, your parents do listen to you. Sometimes it seems like they don't, but it is only because they have your best interests at heart and love you so much. When I do something wrong, my parents explain the reasons why they are telling me off and why it is wrong, that helps me understand (doesn't always stop me doing it again, but I know why they don't like me doing it).

     You need to listen to your parents as much as they listen to you. It's all about the communication of unconditional love flowing both ways, but if you are toddler you have to be naughty sometimes, it's expected!

What is Hazel Nutt's favorite cartoon?

     That's easy! I watch Peppa Pig as much as I can and have it playing in the background of my playtime, whenever I can get away with it.

     Funnily enough, my favorite cartoon film is Watership Down and there is a Hazel in it, imagine that! Actually it is where the inspiration for my name came from. It was Mum's favourite book as a child and she has always loved the name - Hazel.


     From the Admin:  Thank you Hazel, for sharing with us your views into the world. You have two very talented parents who are able to translate your ideas into books that all kids should love!

You can find Hazel Nutt's Book's on Amazon Here:



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Reply Jo Linsdell
2:22 PM on March 27, 2013 
Oh Poppy Ponderings... I like it :) You sound just like my two little ones. I know you're probably bursting with more ideas bit make sure you let mummy get some rest. Making a baby sister is hard work ;)
Reply Hazel Nutt1
5:49 PM on April 2, 2013 
This is definitely one of my highlights on my virtual book tour for the What Squirrels Do picture book trilogy. Loved the questions and answering them!