by Carole Brown
I’m tickled pink to feature this man (and my love!) here today on this blog. He’s an inspiring, creative author, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy this short interview and a peek at all the Chipper books he has published. (More coming…)
What messages in your Chipper books do you want children to learn about? Do you like a definite spiritual theme or do you keep it less obvious as you write?
I want children to learn caring, helping, sharing, and to do the right thing. The spiritual theme is not an overt, in-your-face subject, but in learning right attributes, they are learning characteristics that will encourage them in the things of God. In the back of the books are short scriptures that they can learn or parents and children can discuss. And the discussion questions can help them to think about the themes in the books. Parents can gently guide their children by interacting with their children as they talk about these.
What’s next for you? Do you have another book being written now?
I have several short stories about Chipper ready to go, but holding off on these till at least two more of the Adventures of Chipper are ready for publishing. Life interferes (you’ve heard that before I’m sure) but I’m compiling and working on the creatures and plots for the next two books. Hopefully, God wills, these will be ready for my editor soon.
What or who makes a successful person/author, in your opinion?
As far as an author goes: my personal opinion is a someone who understands the power of the written word and being so intrigued and fascinated by their own characters that they are there with them in heart and mind.
Why do you think this book resonates with readers?
Because the character Chipper helps young people and children to learn, and sometimes–most times, I think–they do not even realize that. It shows them that they are someone and that they can be a better person. They can get caught up in these fun and entertaining books and learn from them without even consciously knowing that.
What is YOUR favorite part about these books or why do you love this series? Why should children read them?
- Chipper’s outpouring love and concern, and being willing to give his all for the other characters in the books.
- Why? For the children? Because Chipper and the other characters are interesting and exciting, enlightening and helpful. And funny!
- For the parents? They are giving their children the opportunity to learn characteristics that will hopefully improve their children’s actions and attitudes. And it gives them opportunities to spend quiet, devotional times with them.
Tell us a little bit of how you were called, or began writing. Happenstance? A clear call? A chosen career?
I felt a need to instruct children and young people (and yes, there are some young people who’ve read and enjoyed the books!) in things that matter.
Where do you get ideas? Character names? Do you find your characters similar to you in any way?
- Mainly from God’s creation
- A mystery! Seriously, through a great imagination. 🙂
- Perhaps in some ways–I think most authors do. How could we not?
Thanks, Dan, for joining us today and sharing a few things with us.
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