The following post is from Amanda Weir, author of Mia the Mouse, available in the App Store this fall. Info about her new book app Mia the Mouse can be found at www.sweetdreamstories.com. My brother Liam and I were inspired to create Mia the Mouse, the story of a brave young mouse who goes on an exciting adventure to find a treasure that will help keep the family together, after the birth of our niece Mia. When we found out about Demibooks Composer’s beta testing program we were so excited! Now we had the chance to make the book we had written for our niece come alive and share the adventure with other children. We couldn’t wait to see how Mia’s story would unfold as it was transformed into an interactive app. We had thought about publishing Mia the Mouse before we signed up for the Demibooks beta test, but nothing else seemed to fit what we wanted to do with the story. Demibooks Composer gave us the opportunity to make our creation more fun and accessible for children and their parents than the simple book in print we started out with. Unlike other computer applications that can be very intimidating for less than computer-savvy people (like us), Demibooks Composer is very intuitive, logical, and easy to work with. It made transforming the book that we had written for and read to our niece, a unique and enjoyable experience. It was easy for us to incorporate a number of additional minor characters, images, and sounds without making scenes too crowded or visually overwhelming. The “physics” feature was a favorite for us from the start. Even though our story is not about space or science, this feature excited us and inspired us to create novel story features. We were able to easily create floating parachutes, kites, fish, and more, all with the bonus of interactivity.
Also a favorite was the addition of the “wait” feature. This was a pivotal step, as in association with function and motion behaviors, it allowed us to create more complex behaviors, like Mia jumping up, opening her parachute, and floating to the ground.
For us, the greatest part of the project is how engaged our family and friends were. It was a fantastic experience to share the creative process with them, to show them what we were doing, get their feedback and then show them how their suggestions were incorporated into the App. It was especially nice to see the smile on our niece’s face as she realized that the book we wrote for her was becoming an interactive App that other kids could experience too. Contributing to that experience was the fantastic Demibooks team, who have all been extremely supportive of and responsive to us. We are really excited about sharing our story with you and hope you enjoy experiencing Mia’s adventure in this
new interactive App!