Interview with Brett Droege

What's one of the joys you receive while making a children's book?
Well to be honest its not really something I thought I would ever do, it's pretty crazy the feedback I get. Knowing I'm helping people learn. Not to mention working with the girl scouts and the Shriners. That has for sure been a feeling of accomplishment.
Has there been any detours you've had to encounter while writing a book? As in like drawing, gathering a story line, or just gathering an idea.
Nothing specially I would like to focus on. Life has its ups and downs, and recently I took a 6 month break from my Kratos series. I have to be all into what I am doing with anything creative wise or I can't focus on it. I am now in the process of doing a double release. One for the Adventures of Kratos series, and one with the same characters but with a twist plot line. Its more fun for me, but I want to see how the public perceives it.
Is there something you want to achieve with this series?
I am the kind of person that can't only focus on one form of media. I want to take this series and turn it to a franchise. Animation, games, toys, you name it, Kratos can be in it or on it. Its all about fine tuning and hopefully being lucky enough to find success. I have actually worked a little on my own with animation and simple platform gaming ideas.
Who's your favorite character to draw personally?
I would be lying if I didn't say me. Who wouldn't want to be a cartoon? I was just a background character in the first book, Kratos' Night Out, but I had such a good response and people wanted more that I actually added myself as a main character. I think the current book I am working on will be the last in this series though.
What's the most simple and difficult thing about writing a children's book?
The main idea is the most simple thing. All of my books are around a simple idea. The most difficult thing is pulling what I see in my mind and putting it on paper, then coloring it on the computer. Every book I challenge myself to get more complex graphically with what im doing. My images have turned to say many different layers now its crazy. Its worth the work though, I am very proud of what Im doing now.
Is there a favorite memory pertaining to your series?
Working with the girl scouts. This book was not part of my series, but it was a book on how to deal with bullying. They wanted Kratos and I to come in and kinda moderate the bullying situation. That was a great feeling. After that was my 3rd front page article in the paper, the girls didn't like the article though. It was more focused on my looks. My tattoos and piercings. The next time I got together with them to work on the book they all had a temporary tattoos on and said that the newspaper actually bullied me by judging me. That means the world to me. That is actual first hand proof that I am able to teach young minds. Of course, when I read the article I didn't care, I had a full front and back page. I am just glad I could be a positive influence in their lives.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Anything else you're working on other than the series?
I like to stay very focused artistically. If I'm not doing books, I am writing music or doing videos for youtube with my brother. My ultimate passion in life is music.
Any future plans??
Well, I am looking forward to the release of Kratos' Big Top Adventure. As a self published author its hard to get a start. My books are now, after 3 years available almost everywhere which is awesome to me. Barns and noble, sony, apple store, and a ton of other sites that I didn't even know existed until I started writing. I plan on doing some major outsourcing after this release. I want to do a statewide tour to promote the book. Other than my children's series I have also been writing a lot of music, planning on doing a studio project where I play guitar and sing. I like to stay productive.
Published 2014-07-15.
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Books by This Author

Help your Mortgage Pay Itself
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,570. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Do-it-yourself / general
Did you just buy a house for the first time and think, wow, I have all this room, how can I make extra money at home? Well, so did I. This book contains ideas for ways to make an extra income at home as well as some some insight to bigger creative projects to help you make more money at home and possibly even become your own boss.
Kratos Big Adventure Book 1
Price: Free! Words: 20. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
Kratos meets a new friend, Bandit and they plan to go on a river adventure. They get to see a solar eclipse and forget all about treasure they were originally after!
The Landlord 2016 Edition
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,310. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Damien Turner and Jack Harrington are investigating gruesome murders committed by landlord Anthony Smith. Could it be mental illness or something more sinister at play?
Kratos Halloween Adventure
Price: Free! Words: 1,150. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Halloween, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Kratos is on a new adventure! He sees kids dressed in funny costumes getting treats and he decides to set off with Bandit to get some treats of his own. Kratos and Bandit learn all about Halloween!
Kratos River Adventure
Price: Free! Words: 1,000. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General
Kratos goes on an adventure down the river looking for treasure. He is surprised by some of the things he finds, and the friends he runs into while learning along the way!
Kratos Night Out
Price: Free! Words: 960. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Dogs, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Adventure & Adventurers
Kratos is a 3 year old boxer who is full of energy and loves to play. Join him on his first adventure. He decides to jump over the fence to see what's on the other side and meets some new friends and learns an important lesson!
Kratos' Ocean Adventure
Series: The Adventures of Kratos Danger. Price: Free! Words: 20. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
Kratos is on another adventure! This time he gets to explore the ocean and meet new friends along the way. Join him as he searches on the beach and underwater to find treasures of his very own!
Kratos' Big Top Adventure
Price: Free! Words: 170. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Performing Arts / Circus
Kratos is having an adventure at the circus. He wants to join in the fun! He's acting like all the other performers, so why is the ringmaster trying to catch him?
Pinky and Dawin in Dealing with Bullies
Price: Free! Words: 210. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
Pinky and Darwin move to a new pond and try to make new friends. Everything goes well until bullies try to get rid of them. How will they deal with the pond bullies?
Kratos' Racing Adventure
Price: Free! Words: 250. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Cars, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Kratos is on another adventure, and this time to the race track! He learns how the races work and gets to meet some of his favorite drivers!
Kratos' Zoo Adventure
Series: The Adventures of Kratos Danger, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 150. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Kratos goes to the zoo to see some new animals but ends up going on a new adventure! The zookeeper thinks he is a n escaped animal and puts him in the petting zoo. Kratos must find his way back to get home!
The Landlord
Price: Free! Words: 23,330. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Damien Turner and Jack Harrington are investigating gruesome murders committed by landlord Anthony Smith. Could it be mental illness or something more sinister at play?