Dan Hayashi

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Hello!, I'm Otto. I masquerade as a human, while using my dad's given name Daniel, as my pen name. My human mask makes me look real - right? I did this because no one would publish a story written by a baby otter named Otto. Whenever I try to do something the big people do, dad tells me he'll let me do it when I grow up. Growing up takes forever! Everything I create is drawn from personal experiences & my imagination. Dad used to say I let my imagination run away with me. Not true. I run away with my imagination 'cause it's more fun, not vice versa. Because I'm an orphan now, I spend more time these days imagining things & writing about them, 'cause dad hasn't been around lately. Just keep in touch by reading my up-and-coming stories. They're about all the things I do with new family or animal friends. I do lotsa things: I've been a sky diver, logger, sky writing pilot, telephone lineman, train engineer, race car driver, astronaut, singer & poet or was it just a dream? Find out about my experiences or fantasies by reading my tall tales. Oh yeah! I also went to school, so I could also be a writer. Hang in there! There's more animal fun to come.

Smashwords Interview

What inspired you to begin writing children's books?
I know our children represent the world's future. They symbolize the core of spirit & promise. Therefore, we not only need to set a wonderful example for them to follow, but must take care to inspire from within them, the best they can bring to the surface.
What do you read for pleasure?
Spiritual materials and true life stories.
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The Lighted Island Of Ginny Giraffe
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 740. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2015 by Dan Hayashi. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
A spiritual short story of how a discolored blue giraffe, named Ginny, remained loving, with a positive outlook, to eventually conquer the derision and ridicule from other children. How love, friendliness and offering good helped her find her vocation to become a lighthouse of inspiration for others to follow.
Cleaver McBeaver & The Great Tornado
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,710. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2013 by Dan Hayashi. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
This young Scottish Beaver so amazes humans and other beavers that he is enshrined in the Hall of Fame for his human-like abilities & astonishing feats. From tragedy to self discovery to beaver love, young Cleaver goes from local celebrity logger to green conscious mason due to a revolutionary vision.
Where's Star?
Price: $1.75 USD. Words: 530. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2013 by Dan Hayashi. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A sweet children's short story about possibility. An engaging tale about an imaginary dream cat living on the moon, who as it turn out, may not be so imaginary.
The Birdies Four
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 440. Language: American English. Published: March 4, 2013 by Dan Hayashi. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
A Lovely short story of a Cockatiel, named Timber, who is smitten by a Lovebird named Beauty. When he hears the melodic sound of her voice, Timber is inspired to write songs specifically to win her over. Love, as usual, prevails over all obstacles when they are married and have singing quadruplets. The children's talents bring their family celebrity and wealth.
Fearless The Cat
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 470. Language: American English. Published: December 27, 2012 by Dan Hayashi. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Fantasy
A rhyming and charming short story about a can-do little kitty who plays, dreams and schemes his way into the hearts of both adults and children alike. A simple story of actively living without fear or regret.


Crocky Dial Dooby - The Tale Of Dragodiles & Crocagons
Pre-release—available October 1, 2015. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 1,280. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A sweet, rhyming tale of how the convictions of a good baby dragon prevail over prejudice. How his similarities with his adopted crocodile family and fellow crocks, are eventually seen as attributes rather than differences. Because of his innocence & parental upbringing, he personifies love incarnated. Eventually he wins over the two opposing clans of crocodiles and neighboring dragons.
Otto Otter, Sunna Hedgehog & The Premonitions Of Mr. Sun
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,990. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Inspirational
A fairy tale of two naive little animals, who grow up quickly after mistakenly going to the city without approval. Otto Otter & Sunna Hedgehog learn they are alone & without means. Injuries could hamper their return home, except for the guidance of Mr. Sun. A misguided outing turns into an inspirational experience. Sunna's Godfather, Mister Sun, gives them life counseling.

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