Writer-Producer Burt Kempner has worked professionally in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Florida. His work has won numerous major awards, and has been seen by groups ranging in size from a national television audience in the United States to a half-dozen Maori chieftains in New Zealand. Spurred by his love for young people, he started writing children's books in 2015.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Back in 2005, a misdiagnosis by a doctor landed me in the hospital with severe internal bleeding. I lay in my bed that first night, feeling weak, isolated and let down by the medical community. Suddenly I saw in my mind's eye, a group of five tigers prowling within me. I knew everything about them -- their names, their backstories, everything -- and I knew that they were there to help me. They were a source of great comfort. When I was released from the hospital, I thought, "Why keep this story to myself?" So I wrote it up as a children's book to give everyone a good read, but particularly to give hope to ill boys and girls and their parents.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to become a published author in the worst way. And I did. My experience with a traditional publisher was pretty awful, so I decided to strike out on my own with book #3.