LAT: THE MONSTORE is Tara’s debut book. Was it also the first manuscript you saw from Tara?
AJP: Yes! Tara queried me with this picture book, also mentioning that she had several other projects in the works. I read and loved THE MONSTORE, and asked Tara if any of her other works were complete and available to send me. She did! The more I read, the more I loved Tara’s effusive writing, dynamic characters, and wildly inventive imagination. I was hooked.
LAT: What was it about THE MONSTORE that really made you sit up and take notice?
AJP: I think THE MONSTORE is the definition of high-concept. Right from the title you know…
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