After Charlie the frog accidentally breaks his mother’s vase, he runs away from home. Charlie and his new best friends Leo and Joe, live in a little orange tent outside Mrs. Cupcake’s bakery. A homesick Charlie, Leo and Joe, journey far away to find Charlie’s mother. This is the premise of Diana Rumjahn’s delightful children’s picture book, Charlie and Mama Kyna.
We had the opportunity to interview Ms. Rumjahn to find out more about her book and her publishing journey.
Thank you for this interview, Diana. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
Thank you very much for interviewing me. I am from San Francisco, California with a passion for filmmaking and story telling. I have been writing since 5 years old and love stuffed animals.
Can you tell us a little about your latest book?
Charlie and Mama Kyna is a charming book with beautiful illustrations for children. The story and illustrations are based on my internationally acclaimed film, Going Home, which was shown worldwide, including 45 film festivals and London Film Festival.
The story is about a little stuffed animal frog, named Charlie who runs away in fear after accidentally breaking his mother’s favorite vase. Charlie makes his way to the city and meets a stuffed animal Lion, named Leo and a stuffed animal giraffe named Joe outside Mrs. Cupcake’s Bakery. The three become best friends and live inside a little orange tent outside the bakery.
After awhile, Charlie becomes homesick, misses his mother, Kyna, decides to go home and invites Leo and Joe to live with them. On the next sunny day, Charlie, Leo and Joe, journey to find Mama Kyna’s home.
What was the inspiration behind your book? Why did you feel a need to write it?
I received positive comments about Going Home. The film deeply touched people all over the world. I hope Charlie and Mama Kyna will allow people to bring this journey of three stuffed animals home for everyone to enjoy for a long time.
Do you write mainly by day or by night?
It varies and is not just limited to day or night.
Sometimes I write in the morning, in the afternoon and at night.
Do you ever get writer’s block and what do you do when that happens?
Yes. When writer’s block happens, I stop writing and take a break. Listening to my favorite music, drinking a hot cup of tea and or taking a walk helps me break up writer’s block.
What’s next for you?
My new film, If Only, was screened at The Sukagawa International Short Film Festival in Japan. I look forward to more screenings for If Only. I am currently working on a new film and book project.
Thank you for this interview, Diana! Do you have any final words you’d like to share with my readers?
Charlie and Mama Kyna is a book that celebrates the joy of friendship, family ties, acceptance, compassion, autumn and Valentine’s day. I hope that this book will bring happiness and comfort to everyone.
You can visit Diana on the web at www.dianarumjahn.com.