Frank Bogna lives in Queensland, Australia with his wife, kids and many pets. He started writing the Soccerheads series of e-books three years ago. The stories are based on real kids and events, although they have been spiced up a bit with some crazy situations and characters. He has been coaching soccer for many years, and still plays (but not very well). He follows soccer with the Australian A-League, but likes to see the odd AC Milan or Chelsea game. His spare time is taken up coaching, writing, reading other author's books and trying to keep fit with his kids.
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.
Hi I'm Sammy and this is the biggest story of my life. New school. New kids. New soccer team. I wasn't sure I was going to fit in because I'm the weakest link. Everyone was better than me and I didn't think I was going to last. I still can't believe what happened to me, and to the team. You've got to read the four books though, right to the end, to find out. I'm not the same Sammy any more.
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?
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.
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.
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.
An African Soccer Story
on May 09, 2015
What a terrific short story of hope and anticipation. I read it with my kids, and as soon as we finished they were asking for the next chapter, wanting to know what happened to Thulani. Is there a 'Book 2' coming?