Monday, July 17, 2017
I am pleased to give a warm welcome to children's author and freelance author, Ben Jackson. You will find him on Goodreads and Facebook as an Indie author.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I had been thinking of writing a children’s book for a while. It seemed like a fun and exciting way to express my writing without the long-term commitment that a regular fiction or non-fiction book requires.
Is there a special challenge in writing a children’s book. If so, what is it?
The hardest part about writing children’s books is trying to write a book that kids will love and parents will love reading with them. It’s important to remember that it’s the parents or grandparents who will buy the book for their children.
What books or authors have most influenced your life?
Hmm, tough one. I grew up reading a lot. I like Bernard Cornwall, Wilbur Smith, James Patterson, James Clavell among just a few.
From where or what do you get your inspirations for the stories?
I try to use people I know and their characteristics in my stories. I also like to think ‘If I was a kid, what would I like to read?’
Do you have a special quirk when writing?
I love watching movies and tv! Most writers enjoy peace and quiet or music, but I like watching movies and relaxing when I write. If writing seems like hard work or I’m not enjoying myself, I won’t enjoy what I’m doing.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Through my love of reading!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep going and don’t give up. Take advice, positive or negative on the chin and always try and look for the small helpful piece of advice inside any criticism.
What books are you introducing to us today?
My latest two releases are “The Day My Fart Followed Me To Soccer” & “If I Was A Caterpillar.”
How did you come up with the title?
The Little Fart books are part of a series. If I Was A Caterpillar is a book I wrote a long time ago and my wife organized to have illustrated for me as a surprise.
Tell us what you like about the main characters of this book.
The Little Fart books are about a little boy called Timmy and his imaginary best friend, The Little Fart. The Little Fart is cheeks and mischievous, but they both love each other and help each other through problems.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Yes, marketing is hard work! It takes long hours and dedication to publish and market your own books.
What is the main thing you hope readers remember from this story?
That Little Farts can be cute and funny too!
Please share an excerpt from the book.
“So, what are we going to do this summer? Fight some fire breathing dragons, ride wild unicorns across the grassy fields, or - I know, I know - battle pirates and discover sunken treasure?!” the Little Fart said as he dashed around Timmy’s room riding an imaginary dragon and battling bloodthirsty pirates. “Little Fart! None of those things are even real, silly. No, my mom signed me up for soccer this summer,” Timmy said, grabbing the Little Fart and holding him down on the bed until he stopped wriggling.
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15144197.Ben_Jackson Goodreads Page
https://www.amazon.com/Ben-Jackson/e/B00S4A4W5C/ Amazon Author Page
https://www.facebook.com/BenandSamAuthors/ Facebook Ben & Sam
https://www.facebook.com/MyLittleFart/ Facebook My Little Fart