The website for my children’s books is www.oliverthetoaster.com
my facebook page is @NewBesTimeStories
I am a business attorney (since 1985). I was born in Detroit and lived in Michigan all my life. From a large family, I went to Michigan State University and received my B.A. in Political Science in 1982. Then I went to Wayne State University Law School and received my doctor of laws (J.D.) in 1985. In other words, I have been reading and writing for a living for over 30 years. Then, beginning in 2013, I started writing for “fun”. My first children’s book “Oliver the Toaster” was published in October of 2014. My second one, My Math Monster, was published in February of 2017. I have lots more “in the works”.
1. When you were my age did you read? My first love was science fiction, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and others. When I was in Middle School, my sister let me borrow a copy of “The Hobbit” and, ever since then, JRR Tolkien has been my favorite author.
2. What was your favorite story? The Lord of the Rings has been my favorite story for a long time. (Not the movie version, which missed most of the charming and really good parts). The story of Frodo Baggins is a lesson for all of us, little people, as we face the world, change it, and then become stronger.
3. How do you get ideas for your stories? I see story ideas all around me, almost every day. Life is constantly struggling and changing all around us every day. We have but to open our eyes and observe.
4. Is it hard to write a book? Writing down a story is not that hard. But, if you want a finished product that you can read to a classroom, and have people recite, line by line (like me), then you will want it to be perfect. When you want it to be perfect, you have to do a lot of editing. Editing was a much bigger project than I ever would have guessed.
5. Do you have a favorite of the books you have written? Of my children’s books, I think I like My Math Monster the best. But my favorite story (that I have written) is “The Song of Life”. It is a short story available on Amazon, and for Kindle. The story is all about learning that we are more than we may know.
6. What author do you like?JRR Tolkien is still my favorite writer.
7. Do you have advice for a kid who wants to be an author? The best advice I can give you is to start by choosing another profession. All of the best authors I know started out as professionals in something else. Some (like Tolkien) were college professors, some were doctors, some were lawyers. The more you are faced with helping people with the struggles of life, the better you will understand people. The better you understand people, the better you are able to write them.