About a year and a half ago my three daughters asked me to make up a bedtime story for them - they loved it so much I wrote it down and it got published! It's been a lot of fun for us. We are hard at work on our next book.
Tell us about the featured book. What is it about, and why did you choose to write this story?
This book started out as a bedtime story that I made up for my three daughters. After I got done telling it to them I realized I had outline a chapter book, and I wrote it down to give them as a keepsake, but then it got published instead! Book description: When three young girls who are living a very normal life in Minnesota try to find a way to save their dog, they find themselves in a very not normal situation. After some odd advice from their unicorn-crazed friend, they end up two worlds away following a unicorn who can barely remember his own name. With a lot of humor, courage, and a bit of magic, they set out to save their dog but wind up leading a revolution to save a world they never knew existed.
Tell us a little about your writing process. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching, outlining, or planning before beginning a book?
My test audience is my three daughters, who are three main characters in the book. I outline the story in a notebook and then tell it to them as a bedtime story. Based on their reaction I make adjustments to my notes, and then I write it out! It takes me about 1 hour to write each chapter on average.
Are there any writers or authors who have influenced your writing? If not, who are some of your favorite writers?
I can’t say I have anyone that influenced my writing because I had never actually planned to write books, but a few of my favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Marcus Luttrell, and Chris Kyle.
When you’re not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
My day job is being a logistics nerd for a garbage company and I love to cook, hunt, and spend time with my wife, three daughters, and my son. In my spare time – I write!
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