HELLO FROM NANCY VIAU!
(Viau is pronounced VEE oh. It rhymes with Leo.)
As a children’s book author, I love to create fiction for kids ages two through twelve. I’m the author of three picture books and one middle-grade novel. Please click on Books to find out more.
I especially enjoy talking to elementary school students about writing — in large groups, in their classrooms, or even via Skype.
If you’re interested in hosting me for a visit, choose from the drop down menu under Visits & Workshops to learn more. Please contact me if you have any questions!
What was I like as a child?
My parents said I was a delightful, curious child. They chose to forget that I fed dandelions to the dog, stuffed toys into the sump pump, and made jelly sandwiches for the campground bears. My brothers teased me constantly and affectionately called me “Brat.” As the youngest sibling, I fought for attention and never stopped talking or singing. Most of my early songs went something like this:
Oh, the trees, the pretty trees.
Oh, the leafy, pretty trees.
When my family begged me to sing a different song, I did:
Oh, the frogs, the croaky frogs.
Oh, the frogs, the pokey, croaky frogs.
To get me to stop singing, I was told to sit quietly and write a story or poem. As soon as I finished, I had to read it out loud, of course. When Mom or Dad smiled, and said, “Nan, it’s time to give it a rest,” I knew they were only kidding.
School was my favorite place. I couldn’t wait for that first day when I’d get to open a new book or sharpen a very special pencil. After school, I loved to play kickball, ride my bike, swim, take dance lessons, dig in the dirt, collect rocks and shells, go to Brownies, color in coloring books (always within the lines), and draw (trees and flowers were favorite subjects). As a teen, I spent many hours at the shore catching waves and chasing boys. (Or was it chasing waves and catching boys?)
What did I want to be when I grew up?
I wanted to be a ballerina, but after hundreds of lessons, I realized that wasn’t going to happen. Those shoes and costumes were uncomfortable! I considered becoming an astronaut, but astronauts had to take many math classes, and math and I didn’t get along very well. Do you see the “D” on my report card? Which subjects were my best?
Why did I become a writer?
Writing requires very little math! Seriously, I’ve loved the written word ever since Mrs. Oberholtzer put GO AWAY, SPOT on my first grade desk. Since that day, I wondered what it would be like to be a writer. As a child, I had written a bunch of stories about my adventures, but it wasn’t until decades later that I decided to mix my experiences with those of kids I knew (including my own), and put my thoughts down on paper. I’ve been hooked on writing ever since.
What are some of my favorite books?
LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE by Kevin Henkes
IF YOU GIVE A MOOSE A MUFFIN by Laura Joffe Numeroff
MY TEACHER IS A MONSTER by Peter Brown
CHARLOTTE’S WEB by E. B. White
STARGIRL by Jerry Spinelli
TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING by Judy Blume
FEED by M.T. Anderson
What theme is present in (almost) all of my books?
What do I like to do in my spare time?
I love to bike, hike, and swim — many of the same activities I loved as a child. I also like to travel and learn about new places, near and far. I don’t like to help my kids with their math homework. Algebra and I will never be on friendly terms.
That’s it for now. Email me if you have a question!