Interview with Fred Holmes

What inspired THE UGLY TEAPOT?
The story sprang from tragedy. My brother died very young and his death was very difficult for me. That was decades ago, and I’m still not over it. I wanted to write a story that would accomplish two things: help me through my grief, and help others as well.
Who is the intended audience?
Mainly girls between the ages of 9 and 14, although I am hopeful that girls as young as 8, and as old as 18, will enjoy it. I would also love for their mothers to read it. The mom in my story plays a pivotal role, and let’s faces it, tragedy affects the entire family. There is also a lot of action, adventure, and humor in TEAPOT, so I would think boys will like it as well!
How is it like other popular books?
Many children’s books deal with some sort of loss—HARRY POTTER, PECULIAR CHILDREN, GREGOR THE OVERLAND—and in each of these books, we join the protagonist on a personal journey toward healing. So it is with THE UGLY TEAPOT.
How is it unlike other popular books?
It has more twists, turns, and surprises. Things are NOT what they seem on the surface, just as ugly teapots can sometimes be more than what they appear. I don’t want to tell you too much, but what I can say—without a spoiler alert—is that THE UGLY TEAPOT is a totally unique re-imagining of an ancient fairy tale, told in a contemporary setting, with more humor than is usually found in most children’s stories. There is also a surprise ending that everyone has said they did not see coming.
Why should someone read THE UGLY TEAPOT?
Why should anyone read any story? To learn, to grow as a human being, to see life through another’s eyes—all of those positive things that come from stepping out of your shoes for awhile and into someone else’s. We all have our flaws, and I truly believe stories have the ability to help us deal with those flaws, and to make us more sympathetic and empathetic of the flaws in others. It may sound hokey, but I believe my job as an author is to help people, and to leave this world a little better than I found it.
Published 2016-06-26.
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Books by This Author

The Ugly Teapot, Book One: Hannah
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,410. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury just left home on an exciting adventure with her father. There is just one problem. Her father died a month ago.