Where do you get ideas?

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It’s always a challenge to answer that because ideas pop in and out of my head like fireflies blinking on a hot August night. You see them - then you don’t… In my experience ideas find me - I don’t find them. Sure, I will sit and “think” to try and solve a story problem or come up with something new - but more often I find that ideas stumble into my path when I’m not looking for them. That’s why I always carry a drawing book with me when I’m out in the world.

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Is writing a book hard?

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Hmmm. YES on days when I feel like it’s the most impossible thing in the world and NO on days when I feel like I can fly! Okay. I can’t fly. But there are so many things that go into writing a book that some days I do get to feel that the “writing” part is a magical thing. On those days I can close my eyes and the words just flow into my head and out of my characters’ mouths - and other days it is a hard-fought battle with my evil nemesis, “Self-Doubt-O”.  And sometimes I need a nap.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

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I was always making up stuff. But when I was in the 4th grade I wrote my first “story” and remember feeling like that was fun. And I went through high school and even college writing stories and comedy sketches. So I was always a “writer”. After college I started writing TV stuff but I didn’t write my first book until after I became  a dad and saw the joy on my son’s face when we read books together.

Can you teach me to draw cartoons?

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Yes! My doodles all begin with simple shapes that you already know how to  draw.   CLICK HERE - to see what I mean!

What other strange things can you tell us?

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Well, I’m not allowed to tell you about the alien abduction or that time I conquered Rome dressed as a sheep - but this cartoon might be true.

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