Interview with Dean Schechinger

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was The Strange Flashlight. I wanted to write a book for my new grandson. The Strange Flashlight was that book.
How do you approach cover design?
I actually begin with the cover. I design the cover around the theme of the story and then I write the story. For The Strange Flashlight, I hired someone from Mark's List on Smashwords to professionally redraw my original cover design. Then, I drew my own covers for Revenge of the Video Game, The Candy Curse, The Day Snot Stood Still, Dad Rented the Basement to a Bogeyman and Dinosaurs are Hiding at the Zoo.
What is your writing process?
I used to write out the whole story without paying any addition to whether it even made sense. I would then edit the story until it made sense. After my first book, I tried illustrating the story first and then writing the story. Now I illustrate the book and write the story around the illustrations.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a diary farm in Iowa. On a farm, you deal with animals every day. So, it is best to be direct and get to the point with them. You have to feed the cows. So, grab that bale of hay and feed them.
Storytelling for children and adults is just the same. They are hungry for a good story. So, get to the point and give them a good story.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In Dinosaurs are Hiding at the Zoo, a little boy discovers that dinosaurs from another planet are disguised as zookeepers and animals at the zoo they built in a small town where the boy lives. No one believes him when he tries to tell them about the alien invasion so it is up to him to scare them off planet Earth.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I would never have published any stories without Smashwords meat-grinder and automatic e book creation. It cost very little for me to produce a very professional looking book that readers can enjoy for many years.
What are you working on next?
I am writing a unicorn story.
Published 2013-09-15.
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Books by This Author

The Monster Doctor
Price: Free! Words: 460. Language: Simple English. Published: September 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters
A sea serpent swallows a man while he's fishing. Inside he finds a pirate ship and treasure. He escapes, but his troubles are just beginning. After he cures a few monsters, the Monster King comes telling him monsters he cures don't want to scare children. The monster Doctor refuses to quit. So, Monster King's goons come to get him.For 2-6 year olds, or you if monsters scare you
There Was An Old T Rex Who Swallowed A Shoe
Price: Free! Words: 490. Language: American English. Published: August 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
We all remember the little old lady who swallowed a fly. Well, there was also an enormous old T Rex who swallowed a shoe. The shoe got stuck. What did she do then? Simple. She swallowed some dinosaurs so they could get the shoe out. What? You’re saying. Dinosaurs didn’t wear shoes. Well. All is not what it seems in this joyful little jog down Jurassic lane.
If I Took A Dinosaur For A Walk
Price: Free! Words: 390. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
Lester has a big problem. He has to take a big baby dinosaur for a walk. When he does, chaos ensues. A little picture book for 1 to 3 year olds that's perfect for bedtime.
Dinosaurs Can't Go To My School
Price: Free! Words: 290. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
This book has all the secrets few people know about why dinosaurs can't go to your school. The top secret hidden from the public for too long is revealed: DINOSAURS ARE ALIVE AND CAN GO TO YOUR SCHOOL.
Dinosaurs Are Hiding At The Zoo
Price: Free! Words: 1,190. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
A little boy puts on 3D glasses and sees dinosaurs at the zoo. The dinosaurs are from another planet and are hiding at the zoo. The little boy is afraid of them. Turns out, they are more afraid of him. This is a revised book for beginning readers. The book has pictures of dinosaur heads on humans. Parents should read the book first to see if it is suitable for their child.
The Day Snot Stood Still
Price: Free! Words: 1,180. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Body
When two worlds collide, humans get a day off from colds. One day without runny noses, coughs or wadded up snotty tissues in pockets. A humorous skip down a lane where no little boy has gone before.