Read our inspiring interview with author Patrick Adams. He is the author of four childrens books, all inspirede by his own children. Get to know more about how he started writing along with his writing rutines and what he reads.
What does your typical writing day look like?
- My best writing usually happens first thing in the morning, aided by the first cup of coffee. I find that I can focus and really dig in to the story, and usually go for about 3 to 4 hours. The stories for my children's books are written in conjunction with the visualization of the illustration for that scene, so I'll spend that writing time not only on the text for that scene, but also on a detailed description of the artwork that my illustrator will create. I have also drafted two full length books that are still in edit mode, but that early morning writing time still applies as my most productive. On some days, after a break, I can return to writing and get another hour or two in.
How did you start writing children's books?
- One of my biggest passions in life is traveling the world. In 2014, I took a four month sabbatical from work for the purpose of traveling and writing. I had a story that I had outlined on a trip to French Polynesia in 2012, and decided I wanted to write it while being inspired in various locations around the world. During this sabbatical, I visited the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Fiji. While I was writing my full length book, the idea hit me for a children's book series. At the time, I had three kids, my youngest being my very imaginative 10 year old daughter. I began to capture ideas of my three kids traveling to various locations around the world, like I was doing on this sabbatical, and having adventures. The other star of the books would be my daughter's favorite stuffed animal, a puppy named Lisa. Lisa would become a magical stuffed animal who could transform into anything to help the kids with their adventures. I imagined that the combination of my children as stars of these books and the artwork featuring locations and settings around the world, I could really create something special. To date, I have released Lisa Goes to England (2015), Lisa Goes to France (2016) and Lisa Goes to Australia (2017) for this series. I have written the story for my most ambitious story in the series, Lisa Goes to India, and hope to get my illustrator working on that this year.
In 2015, I had another daughter, named Rhythm. She inspired another start of a book series targeted at children just beginning to learn to read. I released The World of Rhythm earlier this year, a picture book about musical instruments. The second book in this series, Rhythm's Fantastic Friends!, about professions (teacher, doctor, etc), is in development.
How do you develop your plots and characters for your children's books?
- In the "Lisa Goes To" book series, the stars are three of my kids, all of whose personalities are present in the books. Daniel, my oldest, is very responsible and loves technology. He's usually consulting his cell phone in the books for travel planning. Jonathan, my second oldest, is rambunctious and a bit of a trouble maker. Holly, my imaginative, sweet and fun loving daughter, is usually on an adventure with Lisa that will involve Lisa transforming into something fitting to the location. In England, Lisa became a flying horse. In France, she became a racecar. In Australia, she turned into a kangaroo. I'll craft each story with an arc of the kids arriving in their location, going off to see famous sites, an incident that happens at one of the sites (usually started by Jonathan) and then with Holly and Lisa saving the day. The final scenes will feature the kids on a plane each with a souvenir. I weave in some educational facts in the stories about where the kids are and the places they visit.
The Rhythm book series stars my daughter, Rhythm, and will feature something about the world that young kids are learning about. The first book was about musical instruments, while the second one is about professions and people that are important to a young child. My daughter Rhythm was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy called Infantile Spasms when she was 7 months old. This led to a stretch of time where she was having 100+ seizures each day. Infantile Spasms leads to delays in development, which Rhythm is experiencing. She is almost two years old, but can not crawl, walk or talk yet. She is receiving therapy and continuing treatment to help catch her back up. As I write these books, I will include mention of Rhythm's condition in some of the stories and artwork.
What is your favorite thing about being an author?
- I love tapping in to my creative side, which was all but dormant for the first 40 years of my life. Once I began tapping into it, I was surprised where I was able to take it. As I said, I have written two full length books that I haven't released yet, one being a travel memoir and the other being that full fictional story I wrote inspired by French Polynesia while on my sabbatical. I found myself really immersed in the characters I created or in the memories I was reliving, which I found to be quite exhilarating. I have found special joy creating the children's books however, and have decided to just focus on those for now.
What is the best writing advice you have got?
- Write about your passions. That led me to write about my children and about travel, a combination that has really worked tremendously well for me.
What do you read at the moment?
- I really love to read certain autobiographies, and the last one I read was written by Kelly Carlin, daughter of my favorite comedian of all time, George Carlin. It gave an interesting perspective not only of George Carlin, but what it was like having him as a father. I have the latest Harry Potter book on deck. As a huge fan of comedians, I am in the middle of the book about Norm MacDonald and recently finished one about David Spade. Finding the time to truly sit down and enjoy a book is difficult, but I'll usually take the opportunity during long train rides or flights.
Website - www.patrickadamsbooks.com
Facebook - facebook.com/patrickadamsbooks
Facebook - facebook.com/theworldofrhythm
Twitter - @patadamsbooks
Blog (New) - Rhythm's Miracles
By : Admin | Author Interview
2017-04-19 [ 04:04:50]