Interview with Rand Whipple

What is your writing process?
My background is theater and storytelling so, my books are created from stories I have been telling for years. It is actually a bit odd to see the stories in print. I read the words and hear the way they sound in performance. In some ways, the stories are created with the audience as the co-author. Each story evolves over many performances until it arrives at its final form. The actual writing process is like having a new audience hear the story. I am sure the written versions will evolve until they too become unique to themselves.
Describe your desk
My desk is my lap and the computer that lives on it. I seldom use paper so, I don't have much need for a surface that primarily holds pencils, pens and what used to be trees. My company, Box Of Light, is a digital arts studio. We do actually have a desk in the studio but that is used for clerical affairs. When I write, I find myself more comfortable on the sofa or chairs.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Nebraska, spent my childhood in Texas, my adolescence in Minnesota, went Northwestern University in Illinois and finally grew up in Pennsylvania where I was married and raised two children.
When did you first start writing?
I have always loved writing and creating stories. My earliest pieces were poems written in elementary school and plays written for performance in our living room. In my professional life, my writing has started on or ended on stage. I've written plays and many stories for young audiences. In all of these, the live performance was as much a part of the writing process as the pen on paper (or fingers on a computer keyboard.)
As a performer, where have you performed?
I've been very fortunate. Over my career, my work as a performer and theater artist has taken my to thirteen countries on four continents. I've also performed numerous times at the Smithsonian's Discovery Theater for young audiences. My work now centers in Pennsylvania.
Published 2013-11-05.
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Books by This Author

Little Red Riding Hood
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,440. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2013 by Box Of Light. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
This is one of the world's most popular children's stories, set in "the mountains where the smell of hickory smoke still rises in the morning and guitars still lullaby the evenings."
Seven At A Whack, A Jack Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,840. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2013 by Box Of Light. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Wily Jack brags that he has killed seven in a single blow (flies that is). The local King find out and Jack finds himself ridding the country of boars, unicorns and lions. It's all in a day's adventure for the young man who somehow survives every danger with his wiles and his wit. This retelling of the story by veteran storyteller Rand Whipple has a sly backwoods sense of humor.
Jack and the Varmints
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,710. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2013 by Box Of Light. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
As Jack walks down the road, he comes across a dog, then a cat, then a rooster and finally a donkey, all of whom are old and feeling useless. They join Jack on his adventure, foil a trio of robbers and get rich in the bargain. No bad for a day's walk. Retold with Rand Whipple's wonderful turn of phrase and sense of humor.
Jack, The Beanstalk and Other Tales
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,220. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2013 by Box Of Light. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Favorite Jack tales, retold by storyteller Rand Whipple. This collection includes Jack and the Beanstalk, Seven At A Whack and Jack and the Varmints. Each story has an backwoods 'twang' and a sly sense of humor. Favorite tales told by a favorite storyteller.
The Milkmaid and her Pail, A Fable by Aesop, Retold by Rand Whipple
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,260. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013 by Box Of Light. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
This little maid has a bucket of milk on her head and big plans in her mind. (Not the best combination, as she finds out.) The Milkmaid and her Pail (moral: don't count your chickens before they hatch) is one of Aesop's best known fables. Storyteller Rand Whipple's loveable milkmaid can't remember the word for 'milk' anymore than she can make it to the market with her goods intact.
The Fox and the Crow, A Fable by Aesop, Retold by Rand Whipple
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 750. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013 by Box Of Light. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
When a crow finds a piece of cheese on the road, she flies to a nearby tree and prepares to eat the tasty treat. Who will eat what (or whom) is up for grabs however, when an overly friendly fox appears below and begins to chat. This beloved fable is retold by popular children's storyteller, Rand Whipple with his trademark humor and wit.
Aesop's Fables, Retold by Rand Whipple
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,460. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013 by Box Of Light. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Five favorite fables, retold by veteran storyteller Rand Whipple. These versions of Aesop's stories have a modern twist and a unique sense of humor. Includes The Milkmaid and her Pail, The Wind and the Sun, The Crab and its Mother, The Monkey and its Shadow and The Fox and the Crow.