Heather Ellis

Children’s Book Author Interview with David Chuka @DavidChuka #kidslit

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Hi Everyone 

I have a lovely interview for you today. It’s my pleasure to introduce a lovely children’s book author called David Chuka. You should read this and then go check out his web-site links below.

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First of all, please tell us a little bit about yourself?
 I live in London with my wife and two children who are usually the first ones to hear my funny stories and serve as the inspiration for some of them. I grew up in Nigeria but have lived in London since I was a teenager. I’ve written 10 children’s books with more in the pipeline. Growing up, I always kept changing my mind about what I wanted to do when I grew up. One of my chosen professions was to be a wrestler in the WWE. I’m glad that didn’t work out.

At what moment did you stop and think, I am going to write a children’s book?
 I think the turning point was when my daughter was getting to the age where she was getting fascinated with books. There was only one book on my tablet that she could read as a beginner reader. I watched her read this book with such pride day after day and wished I could write something for her. That and a mix of different things led to my first book ‘If You See a Doctor.’

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Choose two of your favourite books that you have written, how did they come about?
 That is kind of an unfair question Heather. 🙂 I don’t think any parent likes sharing who their favourite child is 🙂 I think all my books all have a unique back story to them. Billy and the Monster who Ate All the Easter Eggs is the third book in the Billy and Monster series. The Billy and Monster series is a collection of funny books for kids. As Easter approached last year, I thought about what situation we could put Billy in. I thought about the common denominators around Easter like chocolate, family, over-indulgence etc. It then hit me that I could tell a funny story about Billy and Monster at Easter and weave in a lesson on moderation. The idea for I Love Baby Animals came about while I was washing plates on a Saturday morning.

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Here is David reading the book to some school children, awesome!

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You have published a book called, I Love Baby Animals, do you have any pets and what are they like?
 At the moment, I don’t have any pets although I had a Cocker Spaniel called Lancelot when I was younger.

I really like your book illustrations, who illustrates your books for you?
 Thank you. It means a lot to know that you love the illustrations in my books. My illustrator is Aubrey Gonzaga and she’s from the Philippines. She’s worked with me on 7 of my books.

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What is that process like, I.e. working with an illustrator?
 I think it’s very important that a children’s book author has a strong vision of how they want their story illustrated. Sometimes, as I’m writing a story, I can see the illustrations in my head. As Aubrey has worked with me on several books, the process has gotten easier. Basically, I write detailed descriptions of what I want for each image. I sometimes send her links to images that convey what I’m hoping to achieve. She might as this point come back to me with a few questions before beginning to draw sketches. Once I’ve seen the sketches and approved them (after requesting amendments if necessary), she goes ahead to add colour. Once this stage is completed, with a few tweaks here and there, we’re good to move on to the next stage in publishing the book.

My own personal writing inspirations are Lemony Snicket, Suzanne Collins and Roald Dahl, who are your writing inspirations?
 It’s interesting you mentioned Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl as I only recently finished reading books of theirs. I read Lemony’s ‘All the Wrong Questions’ and  Dahl’s ‘The Twits.’ My writing inspirations vary from season to season but I love books by Stephen King, John Grisham and Myles Munroe.

The Twits is my favourite Roald Dahl book ever. =)

What are some of your favourite children’s books, the ones you have read over and over?
 Hmmm… very interesting question. I’m racking my brain to think of one now but I’ve read ‘My Dad is a Superhero’ by Lily Lexington on multiple occasions to my children at bedtime.

Have you ever considered writing for older children, teen fiction for example?
 I have actually. I have a few ideas for writing Middle Grade Literature and I’m hopeful, I’ll get one published within the next 12 months. My inspirations in this category are Jeff Kinney who writes The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and Jim Smith who writes the Barry Loser books.

I look forward to reading  that book when you have finished it. I love The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books – I am reading ‘Hard Luck’ at this moment =)

I noticed your blog has lots of interesting author interviews, how did you first start interviewing authors?
 Thanks for taking the time to check out some of my interviews. I have a special feature on my blog called Author Interview Thursday and it originally started out as a way for me to meet fellow children’s book authors and discover the challenges, breakthroughs and background of the featured author. It’s blossomed into something really special and I’m glad to say its been a way for me to make new friends, provide a platform for other authors to shine and learn something new in the process.

Do you have any new books in the pipeline? Tell us more..
 The next book which I’m going to get published is the 5th book in the Billy and Monster series titled ‘Billy and Monster Meet the President’ The story takes place in the run-up to July 4th which is the American Independence Day. Billy loves July the 4th as he gets to do fun things on that day. While at the fun fair, he meets a stranger dressed in a bunny rabbit costume. This stranger leaves a suitcase by the bench Billy is sitting on. Billy goes after the stranger to give him his suitcase but Mr Bunny Rabbit runs away frantically from Billy who turns around to discover that the secret service men in black suits and black glasses are coming after him. There is an almighty mix up that leaves Billy frustrated and his Dad mad at the way the secret service guys have treated his son. While at a party that night, a surprise guest knocks at the door to give Billy something. You’ll have to wait till June when the book will be published to see what happens. I’ll be working with my illustrator over the next few weeks to ensure we have the book ready for Summer.

How can readers find out more about you and your books?
 I love meeting readers of my books and would love readers of this blog to connect with at the following links

 Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Author.David.Chuka

Twitter – https://twitter.com/DavidChuka

Blog –  http://davidchuka.com/

GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6872534.David_Chuka

Amazon Page – http://www.amazon.com/David-Chuka/e/B00AV6UT9U

Thank you David, what a lovely interview!

It’s been an absolute pleasure being on your blog today Heather.

Thanks for the opportunity to share with your readers. 

I’ve been interviewed for the School of the ages blog!

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here is a first for me — an author of children’s books who is also a child! I’m looking forward to watching this very mature and well-spoken young person grow as a writer and a person, and I also congratulate her parents for getting her such an early start in this tough business. Bravo. Now — let’s meet the charming HEATHER ELLIS.

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If you want to see the full interview, click this link below.

http://schooloftheages.webs.com/apps/blog/

Top Tips! On-Line Safety Video For Kids On My Blog!

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Yesterday my dad taught me about internet safety.

I have made a video about it, it is below!

The video has all my top tips in for kids internet safety.

Hopefully everyone can learn something – what do you think?

(My dad works in very boring computers!)

1. Be careful when giving out personal information on-line. Beware because if anyone gets your personal information you can be bullied and spammed or worse.

2. You should be careful what pictures and videos you post of you on the intenet. Once a picture or video has been put on the internet, it will be seen by millions.

3. Don’t open types of files like ZIP and EXE files. They may contain a virus – get it checked first by an adult!

4. Don’t give out passwords to people. It’s dangerous if people get hold of your passwords, you don’t want them logging in and sending e-mails from your account. You can give passwords to your parents though if they ask for it, that is safe enough.

5. Use passwords that people can’t guess!

6. To check if a web-site is safe you can type the web-site address into https://safeweb.norton.com

7. If a web-site makes you feel worried or upset, tell an adult straight away!

8. If someone you speak to on-line wants to meet you in real life, don’t do it. Tell your parents straight away.

Can you think of any others?

Let me know?

=)

Connor and Chloe – Their stop at Life’s Doom #amwriting

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Pic was drawn by my dad James Ellis.

This is a snippet of a bit of writing that I did over the last few weeks. I am not sure if I will publish the story, it is about ten pages of A4 at the moment.

Anyway! I hope you like it?

Let me know your thoughts about it?

The stop at Life’s Doom

As the dark afternoon continued, the two teenagers had arrived in a section of woodland called Life’s Doom. The two were getting very tired, it seemed like they had been walking for days. They rambled skittishly throughout life’s doom, trying to find their way when suddenly; Connor saw a shadow emerging towards them. The shadow was lurching and grumbling. They soon realised that it was a blood thirsty man zombie. It must have murdered someone because there was blood all over its ripped clothes. Chloe screamed. Then Connor yelled. The screams echoed through the woods, but no one could hear their cries. Nobody helped.

The zombie had seen the two children and raised its arms in the air and cried in a foreign language. The zombie limped towards them, faster and faster. It moved quicker than a clocks second hand. The zombie had death in its eyes. It was like death at first sight.

The two children held hands and began to run through the trees. The twigs, leaves and branches were thrashed out of the way. As the zombie chased them – several birds were killed. Connor and Chloe were definitely next and they knew it.

They ran as fast as their little teenage hearts would take them.

Luckily for the teenagers Connor noticed there was a large rock, and he dragged Chloe behind it to hide. He put his hand over Chloe’s mouth as she tried to scream. The zombie crunched past them. He was very close and was holding a dead bird in his hand. Luckily the zombie man had not seen the teenagers hiding place. He groaned through the trees searching for them. Moments later the zombie murderer had disappeared into the distance. The teenagers were so relieved that they sighed and Chloe started to cry.

They had frantically come to the end of Life’s Doom. Chloe said that it was pretty doomful in this area.

She asked, “We should move on quickly in-case the zombie comes back again.”

Guest post – Working With Dad by Author Heather Ellis

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Hi everyone three posts in one week!

I just wanted to say to everyone, to check out my guest blog post on http://kid-lit-reviews.com !

They have been really encouraging for me and my books – the link is below =)

Today Kid Lit Reviews is extremely happy to showcase a new author. Heather Ellis released her debut children’s, The Sugary-Sherburts, in 2013. Her second book, The Sugary-Sherburts and The Stone Witch, released this past January 7, 2014. Both books will be reviewed here this Saturday, March 22, 2014.

There is one amazing catch . . . Heather is a ten-years-old. She will tell us what it was like to work with an illustrator, whom she calls Dad.

What is it Like Working with My Dad as an Illustrator on My Books?

What is it Like Working with My Dad as an Illustrator on My Books?

Guest post – Working With Dad by Author Heather Ellis.

Enjoy everyone!

Grandad is… (poem written in 2012)

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Hi everyone, I wrote this poem when I was 9 years old – it is called “Grandad is”.

I have just found it at the bottom of a pile of papers at home and I thought I would post it on my blog.

The poem is in the style of Valerie Bloom, who has created some children’s poems. I was studying her poems at the time (she wrote a poem called “Pinda cake” specifically.

My Grandad is… (awesome)

 

Grandad is

de galaxy bar floatin’ in de sky

an’ flufffy kitten

chocolate chunks an’ pneapple cubes

fresh chocolate smell in de mornin’

when me wake

Grandaad is

loadin’ up de car

basketful on shopping day

with fresh cheese strings

 

Grandad is

de pineapples flavouring in de south

sound of de school bell

ring a ding ding

 

Grandad is

de fireworks in de horizon

underneath de moonlight

an a number one o’ magic

all around me

 

Grandad my NO: 1 star

Today this is my 100th WordPress post.

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Yippee! It’s my 100th post!

Well, I noticed today that this is my 100th WordPress post.

This means I will probably have a new WordPress award?

Do you check out what awards you have on your WordPress blog (or is it just me)?

I’ve been blogging on WordPress since May 2013, when I published my first book on Amazon.

I started recording stuff on my WordPress blog like:

  • What films I watched / liked. 
  • What books I was reading. 
  • What books I was writing. 
  • Writing tips. 
  • What I was cooking. 

Plus other random stuff of course!

I’d like to thank each person for taking the time to drop by and visit my blog, with a big special thank you to the 80 people who follow me. It’s a big achievement for me and I hope you all continue to enjoy reading my blog posts.

This post is not going to be very long actually.

It’s a picture of me in the newspaper last week, promoting my book called The Sugary-Sherburts and The Stone Witch!

I don’t really like having my photo taken.

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