Come behind the scenes and join us as we chat to author and illustrator Eric Van Tuyl. Eric shares a little about his latest book, A Tough Nut to Crack and his journey to becoming a published children's author.
Tell us about your books?
My book is about a macadamia nut ( character) who does things his friends do not understand. Basically, the opposite of what they would do!
Why did you want to write this story?
I wanted to write this book because there are a lot of kids that are “different” in the world today and may do things differently. Sadly, some of these children get bullied for it. When I was young, I got bullied for the way I dressed. We couldn’t afford designer clothes or sneakers. I also know of other kids who were bullied due to them being “different.”
What's been the best reaction from a reader so far?
My book was recently published, so I am excited to start seeing the responses I will receive.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration in my daily life and my children! The part I find most fun about being an author is making the characters come to life. It’s a fun journey.
What's your tip for parents to encourage reading?
My tip for parents would be to have your child pick out a favorite book to read with friends and take turns reading aloud.
What's your favourite children's book of all time and why?
I would have to say my favorite children’s book of all time is Cat in the Hat. For me, I love the rhymes and the pictures are just fun. I was one of those mischievous children growing up.
What would you say to someone thinking of writing their first book?
My advice for someone wanting to write their own book is to be patient with yourself. Once you have written your story, edit, edit, edit! Create a “dummy” book, so you can make a layout of your book. Have people read your book and ask them to give you their honest opinion. Last, but not least, NEVER GIVE UP!!!!!
Eric is a 51 year old author/illustrator. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, he now lives in Shavertown, PA. with his wife and two kids. His childhood dreams of illustrating cartoons were revitalised in 2012 when he illustrated a children's book for his cousin. After that, he bought a digital tablet and started drawing again. He decided to work towards his childhood dream of becoming an artist through writing and illustrating.
You can find out more about Eric by following him on Facebook. You can find his book here.
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