Today I am joined by author, Stephan Myers who writes beautifully illustrated children’s fiction.
The Fun Five:
1 What part of the world do you come from?
I was actually born in Hull but coming from a forces family we moved around a lot.
2 What did you want to be when you grew up?
I’m not sure I’ve ever really grown up. They say you are as old as you feel but I’ve always wanted to write books. I think I am very lucky to be doing something that I truly enjoy.
3 List three words to describe yourself.
Resilient (It’s a must be in publishing), creative (an absolute must if you want to write and illustrate children’s books) and a little pig headed. I have a goal in mind and I just keep going to I achieve it.
4 Who would play you in a film about your life?
That’s a hard one. I really had to think about this one and could only come up with someone totally unknown. That way the story is more important than the person who’s acting in it.
5 Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
Just my writing and art. Beyond that I have two amazing dogs that keep me on my toes and on the move. When not at my desk I am out in the woods with a mad Husky running somewhere close by and a beautiful black Labrador trotting along beside me.
The Sensible Six:
1 What inspired you to write for children?
I was fortunate to have two amazing English teachers who really brought the written word to life. I was always writing short stories as a child. The other children in my class would turn in a two page story and mine would be over twenty pages! I had a head full of images and words and needed to get them out but I always found a disconnect between the words and the images I had in my head. It was illustrators like Ed Young and Janet Ahlberg that inspired me to write illustrated children’s books.
2 Give us the title of your latest book and a brief tagline.
The Clockwork Emporium. It’s the first long fiction novel from the series featuring the characters and a move away from the illustrated stories in Rhyme. The tag line? Time is an illusion.
3 Since we last spoke your Loss De Plott series of illustrated children’s books has expanded. Volume 4 was released in August 2015 and introduces us to a beautiful new character, Ted. Do you plan to keep writing more books featuring Loss (& Ted)?
I have four more to be released over the coming year. These begin with The Clockwork Emporium, which features Ted and how he came to be. This is followed by The Book Of Secrets. They mark a step change for the series as our readers get older and we hope to keep their interest as the characters evolve. I hope to keep writing many more, but will be taking a break in 2016 to concentrate on my art and developing new characters for other books.
4 You’ve also published a contemporary collection of love poems, do you have any plans to add further collections to your growing list?
Not at present. Love Lies Within really was a labour of love. All the poems hold deep meaning to me and whilst I continue to write for older readers I have no plans to release another collection in the coming years.
5 What can we expect from you in the future?
I have written two YA Novels featuring Loss which I hope to release, but I don’t believe this will be before 2017 with our current release schedule. It’s really very exciting for me to see the characters grow and their world change.
6 How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
I have the usual Social Media presence and for those interested in exploring the books we have a FREE download page at the following link: Your Free Starter Library for Ted & Loss