Thursday, November 6, 2014
Author Interview: Dennis Marcoux, picture book "Adventures of Nutty and Twittles: OH NUTS! I Lost My Little Sister
Dennis Marcoux lived in Worcester, Massachusetts for most of his life and now resides in Cape Coral, Florida. He has been writing children stories and poems for many years and is passionate about children reading to expand their imagination. In his spare time, you can find him reading books as a volunteer in elementary schools and children's hospitals. He is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association of Fort Myers, Florida.
Q: Tell us about your current book. Give a short summary.
A: This book is a 24 pg. story about a brother named Nutty and his sister Twittles who are squirrels playing a fun game of hide "n" seek with their friends. When Twittles is the only one missing, the game quickly changes. Nutty and his friends have to find Twittles because she may be lost in the dark and dangerous Forrest. I hope to send a message that will encourage children to hear adult warnings not as constraints, but as critical details meant to ensure a fun, safe and enjoyable experience.
Q: Can you tell us about your publisher and how the process worked in getting published?
A: I sent my manuscript to Halo Publishing Int., and received a response from Lisa Umina the CEO. She guided me through each step of the process beginning with editing, finding an illustrator, marketing and the final print. Lisa went above and beyond my expectations.
Q: How did you get the idea for this book?
A: I was inspired by my Granddaughter Molly's imagination. We often took walks through the woods, and it was the animals that fascinated her---namely the squirrels
Q: What is a typical writing day like for you?
A: I do not have a typical day. I write whenever ideas and thoughts come into my mind and usually write them on paper.
Q: What do you enjoy most about writing?
A: The fun is watching the story develop.
Q: What is the most difficult part of writing?
A: My imagination is like a jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes the pieces do not always fall into place easily.
Q: How has publishing a book changed your life?
A: It has been a humbling experience, especially when children and parents express to me how much they enjoyed my book.
Q: What are your plans now?
A: Currently working on a series of books with Nutty and Twittles that will include a teaching element, as well as open up their imagination and develop their creativity.
Q: What is your best tip for aspiring authors?
A: Finding the right publisher is critical. Do your homework and choose a publisher who cares about you and your dreams.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readership?
A: Reading is important because it ultimately leads to greater creativity. I compare my philosophy on reading like playing dominos. Reading leads to imagination, which leads to ideas, and ideas lead to creativity. You can't get to the last domino until you start the first one.
Q: Do you have a website? If so, please give the URL. If not, where can readers go online to learn more about your book(s) and to order?
A: Books can be purchased at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Halo Publishing. To learn more about the book and author go to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dennis-Marcoux/286869338186554
About the book:
Nutty and his sister Twittles set out to play a fun game of hide "n" seek with their friends. When Twittles is the only one missing, the game quickly changes. Nutty has to find his sister because she may be lost in the dark and dangerous Forrest.
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