How long have you been writing? I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, but started taking it seriously about 3 years ago.
What inspires you to write and why? I really care about supporting a child’s education by activating their imagination and engaging them in a story. I was very lucky growing up that my parents encouraged me to read a lot but some children don’t get this kind of exposure to literature. By providing children with interesting stories that are also very educational, I believe that I am helping them to learn and this is inspiring.
What genre are you most comfortable writing? Children’s books. I think there is a child inside all of us, just waiting to get out. By writing books for children I can keep a little bit of my childhood imagination alive.
Do you intend to make writing a career? I would love to make a career out of writing. I’ve already started doing this with the successful launch of my “Zoo Academy” series and hope to be lucky enough to continue doing what I love for as long as I can.
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? All the time. I think that every writer does. The important thing is not panic and not let the block get to you. Relax, take a bath, go for a long walk or just spend some time with your family. Once your mind is relaxed go back to your writing and you’ll find the creativity and ideas come flooding back.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? My current work is the “Zoo Academy” series. Every book tells a different story at the zoo and different animal characters. Each of the animals is gifted and a specialist in one subject. The children who read the books not only get carried away in the fantasy story but also learn a lot about different topics ranging from History to Art and Geography to Languages. I’ve now published 3 books in the series and am currently writing and finalizing the next 3 in the series.
How did you come up with the title? “Zoo Academy” is a very simple title based on a simple premise. Children love animals and visiting zoos and adults love when their children learn whilst also having fun. The books are all about a magical place where the animals are the main teachers at the academy and the children learn in a fun and engaging way.
Can you tell us about your main character? The main, constant character in all of the books in the series is “Barnaby”, the old zookeeper. He is a kind, gentle but very wise man who acts as an intermediary between the children, their parents and the talented animals. Barnaby is extremely helpful and will do anything for the children who visit his beloved zoo.
What books have most influenced your life? The book that has most influenced my life, particularly in the Genre of Children’s Literature, is ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This is a delightful story for readers of all ages. The characters of this story are empathic and teach the readers many life lessons in a subtle and beautiful way.
If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be? Never under-estimate the power of literature and the educational benefits that come with exposing your child’s vivid imagination to informative and fun books from an early age.
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