My favourite novels are Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, The Chosen by Chaim Potok and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. All three of these books are beautifully written and expertly crafted, but the common thread is "coming-of-age". The reader is allowed an insight into the minds of the teenagers. who are crossing the inevitable bridge to adulthood. Two of the books which have remained with me since boyhood are Big Red by James Kjelgaard and The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings. These books about children and animals helped me to develop a lifelong love and respect for our non-human companions.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mystery books, philosophy books and baseball books.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Vendoring sites and Facebook.
Describe your desk
Busy...but not messy.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing short stories and poems since elementary school.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've always loved spelling and I really wanted to share some spelling fun with children. The book Which Letter Is Better? combines my joys of spelling, rhyming and drawing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy "watching" the story unfold as it is translated from idea to paper.
What are you working on next?
I am in the process of updating some of the classic children's stories.
Who are your favorite authors?
Isaac Asimov, Walter Mosley, Leo Tolstoy, Diane Mott Davidson.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first stories I "wrote" were not written down, but told to my younger brothers. I would thrill them with adventure tales which I made up as I went.
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