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Eric James lives in the south of England, with his beautiful family. He’s a children’s author, word tickler and champion asparagus thrower. His first book out now. Full details here: http://ericjames.co.uk/halloween-scare-book/
As penance for what clearly must have been a very wicked past life, Eric spent 12 years as a programmer before a well-timed midlife crisis caused him to quit his job and move to southern Thailand with his partner and their 10 month old son. Shortly after the tsunami scare of 2012, they moved north to Chiang Mai, where Eric resolved become a published author. He has never looked back.
Children love to read about the world they know, and to be part of the story. "A Halloween Scare" and "Santa's Sleigh" achieve both of these things, with hundreds of variations, each set in a different location. Bespoke artwork and the mention of local place names involve the child. Each Halloween book also contains two completely bespoke verses. The text is gender neutral.
Q: You've written over80 location-specific verses for "Halloween Scare". Which book features your favourite verses and why?
A: My favourite book overall is "A Halloween scare in Kentucky". I knew I wanted to write about a chicken, but found it difficult to write something which was both funny and resulted in amusing imagery for the reader. I'm very happy with the resulting verses and I've grown quite fond of that plucky chicken:
A giant red chicken arrived in Kentucky.
You knew from his walk he was fearless and plucky.
He strode down the street and was heard to be gloating,
"You'll never get me in a crispy crumb coating!"
But fate can be fickle and life can be cruel.
He ran into wizards engaged in a duel.
He wanted to run but had nowhere to hide.
A magic-bolt struck him, and now he's deep fried.
I really like the bespoke verses in the Scotland & Ireland books too, but those will only ever see the light of day if the series is successful in the U.K.
Q: How did the opportunity to write your first book come about?
A: When we returned from Thailand I resolved to self-publish my first book, Max's Little Brother, which is a tale of sibling rivalry. I never considered trying to get it traditionally published - I was interested in learning about crowd-funding and the world of self-publishing. So I tried my hand at doing a Kickstarter project. I didn't manage to hit my funding target but my book was put in front of a publishing company, and after showing them several other rhymes (one of which was all about monsters) I was asked if I could write a rhyme based around Halloween. I had the first, almost complete version on their desk before the end of that day.
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