Sunday, September 4, 2016

AUTHOR FRANCOIS KEYSER INTERVIEW






I am pleased to welcome Francois Keyser to my blog today.
He is a children's author, who left the corporate world to become an author.
He wrote "The Junglies" series of books, many of which have been translated into several languages. Some are also available in audio book format.




"I will give away 10 copies of "The Singing Competition" children's audio book to readers. 
The first 10 readers of your blog who leave a comment AND send me a message via the contact form on my website www.thejunglies.com with 'Karen Ingalls' Blog' in the subject line will win an audio book."

What inspired you to write your first book?

My eldest daughter inspired the story of my first book. The inspiration to write books has always been there. It has been a burning passion in my life and I believe it is my purpose.

Is there a special challenge in writing children’s books?

I think writing a story where children can identify its relevance in their own lives is the biggest challenge in writing children’s books. Children’s books should not only be about lessons and morals but should offer solutions and situations they can identify and use with of their own accord.

What books have most influenced your life?

The books which have had the greatest influence in my life are the Conversations with God books by Neale Donald Walsch. I have read and reread some of the books in the series multiple times and there is always something new which I take away. The messages in the books  resonate with me deeply and can help people truly change their lives and create a better world for all.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

This is a difficult one to answer. There is so much to learn from so many great authors. I would say Stephen King though since he has crossed genre’s, as many other authors have too, and his ability to create scenes and characters the reader can identify and be with in his books, is amazing. James Patterson and JK Rowling would also be great mentors.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My interest in writing originated shortly after I learned to read and discovered the worlds in books. I wrote my first story when I was about seven years old and illustrated it myself.


Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about his or her work?

I would struggle to definitively say I have one favorite author. But one of the authors which comes to mind now is Stephen King. His ability to create settings which are so alive and representative of reality is amazing. The way he builds his characters is also fantastic. The reader is truly transported to the place where the story is told.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t give up your day job until you are generating sufficient income from your books to do so.

Don’t give up!

Don’t pay to publish your books. Learn to do it yourself. You will thank yourself later. Otherwise stay the course until you find a traditional publisher. There are many great resources available on the internet and elsewhere to help writers.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Inspiration of scenes in a book derived from music, songs or videos. I would like to write a book inspired entirely by music and music videos. I think it will be one of the greatest books ever written.

Will you give us an excerpt from one of your favorite works?


The excerpt below is from one of the new “Junglies” books. This one is titled, “The Junglies at the Beach”. I am currently seeking a publisher for the new “Junglies” books.
          “Can I do magic with it?” Kiki asked. Mindy shook her head.
           But before anyone could say anything Kiki said, “Jungle bugs and coconuts, bananas and   
           trees save me the hassle and make me a castle!"
          In a flash, Kiki changed into the most strange creature.



"Thank you for interviewing me Karen. It is truly an honour to be interviewed by you. I wish you nothing but the best of success with your writing career and books. I really love your blog too. It’s so clear and to the point. It makes for really enjoyable reading." Francois Keyser


 



















My thanks to Francois Keyser for allowing me to interview him and highlight his wonderful children's books. Remember : 


Francois said, "I will give away 10 copies of "The Singing Competition" children's audio book to readers. The first 10 readers of your blog who leave a comment AND send me a message via the contact form on my website www.thejunglies.com with 'Karen Ingalls' Blog' in the subject line will win an audio book."

Website: www.thejunglies.com

Twitter: @KeyserFrancois








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