Considering the types of stories I used to write (dark, twisted comedy stuff…sort of like my films), it amazes me that I’ve been lucky enough to have a bunch of books for younger kids published through Picture Window Books and Stone Arch Books.
My first book was an actually an entry in a short story contest that got the big ‘thumbs down.’ I later submitted it and a handful of other short stories I’d written to PWB and they liked Patrick’s Super Socks, a story about a little kid who can’t sleep without wearing his special footwear. Afterwards, they asked me to write a non-fiction book about Mount Rushmore. Though I’ve never been there, I said sure. Ever since, I’ve been writing books for them each season as they develop new series. And yes, I’ve even written a book about ballerinas.
It’s been a fun trip so far. I’ve really gotten a kick out of doing readings/signings at schools, libraries and talking about writing. There’s nothing like meeting kids, parents and anyone else who enjoys reading and talking about books. More please?
On the side, I’m polishing up my novels geared toward young adult readers. I am currently seeking representation. So, hey, if you know a great literary agent…