Weebeasts Plight is published by Greenleaf Book Group, March 2009. Previous books include Weebeasts Origins published March 2008 by Beast Stew and Weebeastology a collection of artwork from the series published October 2008 also by Beast Stew. Currently I am working on Weebeasts Quest, the next book in the series with a 2010 release date in mind.
2. How long have you been writing for children?
Writing stories in one form or another for fourteen years; first creating scripts and story branches for video games and now for the past two years writing books.
3. How much time do you spend each week writing and/or revising? And how much time on other writing-related tasks such as promotion, researching markets and so on?
For the most part I try and concentrate on the creative aspect of writing and illustrating during the day and leave an hour or two in the evening or early morning to catch up on the computer. Typically I would say about 60 hours of creative work and 10 hours of related business tasks per week.
4. How much time do you spend reading children’s books? And what are you reading right now?
My daughter is still very young so the books I am reading right now are pop up peek a boo books. Otherwise I go to various libraries several times to stock up on children’s books, graphic novels and audio books which I enjoy listening to when I draw and paint.
5. What advice would you give other would-be children’s writers, or share with other professional children’s writers?
Create what you would have enjoyed to read as a child.
6. What is your favourite online resource for children’s writers? Why?
http://www.scbwi.org/ or Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member section that is updated frequently and helpful blogs for both local and events abroad.
7. Do you have a website or blog? What else do you do to promote your published works and/or your writing skills?
Yes, Weebeasts website can be found at http://www.weebeasts.com/ and I do also keep blogs for new Weebeast events http://beaststew-weebeasts.blogspot.com/ and for new artwork at http://beaststew.blogspot.com/
Other ways I promote the Weebeasts is to attend festival and conventions as well as arrange book signings at bookstores, libraries, and schools.
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