A Guide of Spooky Facts and Faces
About the Book:
Spooky. Informative. Fun!
Learn the facts and origins of famous Halloween Monsters. Each creature is formed with the objects that best represent them. Mummies, Vampires, Witches — discover several of the scariest and most iconic monsters that have been featured in the media, used as decorations and worn as costumes for decades. This collection is sure to be an enjoyable and informative experience for both kids and parents.
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
As an elementary teacher, husband, and proud father. I noticed that kids love spooky or scary stories, but there were no origin type stories with classic Halloween monsters geared for kids. I started researching and became fascinated with the topic. Over the next few months that ended up developing into my first picture book, Halloween Monsters: A Guide of Spooky Facts and Faces.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
Having a full-time job and two little kids at home, I find that usually late a night is the ideal time. The couch is home, so that I can also be next to my lovely and supportive wife as I research and write.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
I try to think about what kids love and our interested in. I want to try to put together concise non-fiction books on these topics for kids. My niche age range for my writing seems to be age 8 – 13. I think my book topics can hopefully be motivating to normally reluctant readers and also filled will information where parents can learn something new too.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
I seem to have a plan, but the formatting evolves as I start to put together the facts from the book. I try to think about what would be the most visually appealing and interesting and appealing to kids.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
Informational text and classic topics that kids love such as Halloween, pirates, and U.S. presidents. I have always been drawn to real world topics and wanted to create books that made those topics appealing to all kids, but especially reluctant readers.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
For playing Halloween monsters, Cate Blanchett as a witch or Hugh Jackman as Frankenstein would be fascinating.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I try to regularly read picture books to see what is popular and see if they spark any ideas. Some classic authors that I love are Eric Carle, Tomie DePalma, and Dr. Seuss.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
My 3-year-old son loves the story Otis by Loren Long. A cute story about a tractor and a calf.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
I loved the book, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. A great survival tale geared toward teenagers.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
Write what you love and that you think others will love too. Just start writing and let the ideas flow. You can always clean up your work later, but as soon as a thought pops into your head try to get it down, so you do not forget it.
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About the Author:
I am an aspiring author with my first book going live in August 2020. I hope to create children’s book on topics that are loved by kids with information that can be enjoyed by both kids and parents.