Part 14: Interview with Authors of “Fenix and the Firework Fliers: A Dance-It-Out Creative Movement Story”

Introducing “Fenix and the Firework Fliers” by Once Upon a Dance, Christine Herbert and Scott Partridge

Embark on a thrilling adventure with Fenix, a brave firefly, determined to aid Bolt, a grounded Firework Flier. Together, they journey to the towering heights of the Silver Birch Forest for the Solstice Celebration. Along the way, Fenix faces challenges from forest creatures. Will Fenix conquer her fears and reach the summit in time? Who will be named Spirit of the Year? And what dazzling display will the fireflies create? Join the excitement as this delightful tale unfolds, sparking imagination and encouraging physical activity. With gender-neutral pronouns and simplified dance terms, it’s perfect for classrooms and families alike. Discover the magic of Fenix and the Firework Fliers.  

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  • How do you navigate the balance between maintaining artistic integrity and meeting commercial expectations in the publishing process?

Ha. I’m self-published so it’s all about artistic integrity. Our stories don’t match the standard 32 pages. We introduce higher-level vocabulary because we think kids can handle it and be better for it. I think everything seems very formulaic, and people have told me my book should be this many pages and this many words, which I think is Ridiculous.

  • What role do themes of friendship and community play in the narrative, and how are they explored?

The animals put their differences aside and come together to share a meal. Bolt and Fenix have a unique friendship even though they don’t have much in comm

  • Can you discuss any particular challenges or joys you experienced during the writing and publishing journey?

Amazon didn’t put the cover image up for one of the formats. They told me I hadn’t done wrong and they would post it soon–14 emails and 27 days later, it finally appeared.

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