Last week I was contacted by the ever lovely Melissa Smith to take part in The Next Big Blog Tour you can read her blog post here. Now a week later it is my turn. The basic idea is this is a self-interview talking about our next Big Thing to start spreading the word about our projects. You can read Melissa’s original post here. So with no further ado you can read my interview after the jump.
What is the working title of your next book?
I am working on the next Teddy Bear Tale book, we are starting to make the transition from the illustrated story to a series of graphic stories featuring Tristan and the Cuddly Defenders as they take on the Bogeyman and his Monsters under the bed.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
A Teddy Bear tale was inspired by one of my wife’s Teddy Bears who was left abandoned and dusty on a shelf. This Cuddly toy had been with her for as long as she can remember and I started to think about what if these Teddy’s were quiet Guardians of their children? From there A Teddy Bear Tale was born.
What genre does your book fall under?
While the story is primarily about a Teddy Bear and is aimed at children, the tale is written for all ages and the word play is keeps and adult just as entertained as the child looking at the illustrations.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I really don’t know, Tristan is a silent hero and doesn’t speak in the books. Given the nature of this story and the fantastical nature it would be a CGI movie like Toy Story… So errmm… Tom Hanks please
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Meet the Teddy Bear who bumps back at the Monsters under the Bed.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
All the Teddy Bear Tales are indie published, although there can be advantages of getting an Agency involved just to look after those details you can miss.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The Teddy Bear Tales are about 4000 words in length so the initial draft takes two or three days.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Since I started writing the Teddy Bear Tales I’ve encountered a number of stories featuring Teddy Bear or Toys protecting or rescuing their children. A couple of which I really want to read, but can’t until I finish with A Teddy Bear Tale and since I don’t plan to do that anytime soon if could be some time.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
A Teddy Bear… Wait didn’t I already answer this question? Oh no I’m asking myself questions in a circle!
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
A Teddy Bear Tale has a nostalgic feel to it, reading it you cannot help but remember that Cuddly toy you once owned. It is illustrated in the same manner as a traditional children’s story with a little word fun, it really is an all ages story.
You can read more about A Teddy Bear Tales at the books website by clicking here.