Interview with Frank Bogna

How do you approach cover design?
I always wanted to include a pivotal picture from the inside of each book and then add some more meaning to it, reflecting the underlying theme of the book. I took those ideas to a colleague of mine who happens to be a graphic illustrator. He used my initial design concept and turned it into a balanced, colourful arrangement that captures the essence of each book. I was quite impressed.
Describe your desk
My desk is really just my laptop and my head. I find a breezy area on our wide veranda, make sure I have a cool drink handy (I live in the tropics), stretch out on a couch and tap away. I try to have one image per chapter in my kid's books, so I am often reflecting on words I have written and how they would translate into an illustration. I fish these out of my hard drive and play around with them in imaging programs whilst continuing to write and pad out each story. My desk is my desktop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the city of Adelaide, a temperate part of Australia. It's not so much where I grew up that influenced my writing, but what I did after school. I studied in teacher's college for three years and did a sub major in English. I didn't appreciate it much then, but that subject exposed me to the rich, wide spectrum of the English language. I think back to that place for some inspiration every so often.
When did you first start writing?
As a writer to entertain or get a message across, nearly twenty years ago. I wrote a book, got a designer and then found a printer (no e-books back then). It cost me many thousands of dollars for a print run of five hundred books, so I was determined to sell them and break even, which I did. It was a lot of work, but worth the experience.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I try to weave the themes of unity, perseverance and tolerance through each of the books. My latest (Soccerheads 3: At the Academy) is about the team almost hearing the death knell as they lose their coach and end up in a slide down to the bottom of the league ladder. It's amazing what a difference one person can make, as they find out when they lose their coach and then get a surprise visit.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I did a lot if research and was really impressed with the amount of support and encouragement provided by Smashwords, whilst also giving their authors so much control over their work. For indie authors, there is no need to look any further .
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
As a writer of children's books, seeing a child engrossed in the story I wrote and not wanting to put it down. When I see that, I know I've hooked them with my writing and it feels great.
What are you working on next?
Soccerheads 4: The climb back up. The title speaks for itself if you were to read book 3.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of my spare time doing something related to soccer. I coach my son's team, so that means a few training sessions during the week and weekend games. I get a lot of my ideas for what those kids get up to. I also spend some leisure time watching soccer games or researching websites to keep up with soccer news. I just finished a book about Lionel Messi which has fuelled some ideas.
What is your writing process?
I decide on the overriding theme for the book, and then break it down into progressive chapters, naming them individually. From there, I just randomly insert ideas into those chapters and then build the story from there. I often don't 'think' of the specifics within each story and chapter until I start typing. I try not to write too late in the night, because a number of times I have found it hard to get to sleep since I had not finished the story and didn't know how it would end; the ending that I had not yet created!
Published 2014-03-10.
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Books by This Author

Soccerheads 4:The climb back up
Series: Soccerheads, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,280. Language: Australian English. Published: March 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / Soccer, Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / Soccer
The Soccerheads are spinning with excitement as the team climbs the table, thanks to Fabrizio and the Academy. Sammy still sees himself as the weakest link and things become much more complicated when he has a position change and then gets the armband. Can the weakest link help guide the Soccerheads to the grand final?
Soccerheads 3: At the Academy
Series: Soccerheads, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,050. Language: Australian English. Published: March 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / Soccer, Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / Football
The Soccerheads finally sort the Double Trouble, but start sinking down the table. Fast. No Buck. No coach, and talk of kids leaving. Coachless and rudderless. To top it off, Hammo is getting out of control as the team starts to crumble. Help might be around the corner with talk of an academy coming to town, but will it all happen before it's too late? Buck returns, but he's not the same old Buck.
Soccerheads 2: Double Trouble
Series: Soccerheads, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,380. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / Soccer, Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / Football
The Soccerheads are back for season two. With a title to their name, they start with a bang but the twins bring trouble. Double trouble. The team starts to break apart as they wreak havoc on Hammo and the others. Buck hits a truck just as Flicky Mickey joins the team with some much needed firepower. Sammy gets a promotion but then his job, the biggest job of his life looks impossible.
Series: Soccerheads, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 15,770. Language: Australian English. Published: February 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / Soccer, Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / Football
Sammy’s new to town. New school. New kids. New soccer team. He's not sure he’s going to fit in because he’s the weakest link. Everyone’s better than him and there’s pressure to win the title. He’s made friends with Hammo Ammo and Buck the Truck, and brought along a secret weapon called Ruff. Is that enough? Will he last the season? Sammy decides to give himself the biggest job of his life.