Author Q&A With Joel Brown!
1) What inspired you to write Zoom Boom? (From @admirerofbooks)
JB: My oldest Grand-daughter inspired me to write these books shortly after her birth in 2005. All of my books in the Zoom Boom series were authored over 10 years ago. I desired that by creating the stories of the characters of Zoom Boom and his friends, that they would represent some of my contributions to her upbringing. These books are to serve as teaching tools and entertainment for her and others, in her age group.
2) What genre of book is your favourite to read and also to write?
JB: I mostly like to read 'self-help' books and books that inspire us to become better human beings. Mystery/suspense novels would mostly be my second choice because of the intrigue and not knowing what is going to happen until you get further and deeper into the book(s). To answer your second question, I would be considered a 'new' author/writer and thus far, Children's Books are my favourite to write. I am a happy person that enjoys life and I believe that among all of the people of the world, children are the most happiest because of their carefree and innocent existence. I don't ever remember anyone telling a child that they should not be happy. Therefore, if I can make some child happy and teach them at the same time, my goals have been accomplished.
3) What authors do you look up to as an inspiration? (From @admirerofbooks on Instagram)
JB: I am most inspired by GOD. Other authors would be: Ernest Hemingway, Henry David Thoreau (Poems), Helen Steiner Rice (Poems, Letters, Greeting Cards), and Dale Carnegie.
4) If you could live in any world from any book, where would you live and why?
JB: I really can't specify a specific world, but I think I would like to live with no 'time' restrictions as in the book by H.G. Wells, 'The Time Machine.' That way, I could visit as many places and not be limited to where I could go and/or how long I would have to stay there.
5) What are 5 book recommendations that everyone needs to read in their lifetime? (From @admirerofbooks on Instagram)
JB: #1: The Bible; #2 How To Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie); #3 The Millionaire Next Door (Thomas J. Stanley & William D. Danko); #4 The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway); #5 The Colour Purple (Alice Walker).
6) What is your favourite book and why?
JB: The Bible is my most favourite books because of the recorded history, its teaching principles, relevant truths to 'my' life and that it answers (to me) questions that no one else seems to have answers for. I had to grow to the point of understanding how much the Bible meant to me, and that is not to say in any way that I am perfect. I AM NOT, and never will be!
Neither do I spout parables/verses and think that I should tell others as to how they ought to live their lives. I surely would not want anyone to do that to me. I live my life with the respect and acceptance of everyone regardless of how they may feel about me, and that in mind as I wrote these books.
7) If you could swap lives with any fictional character, who would you pick and why?
JB: I would become Zoom Boom, of course! I believe that I should be the character that I imagine by being helpful, honest, caring, trustworthy, humble, and dependable. I just can't run 'fast' like Zoom Boom, but I surely wish I could!
8) If you could have any superpower for a day, what would you have any why?
JB: I wish that I could have the superpower of 'healing!' I chose 'healing' because in one day, I could visit as many local hospitals, mental health, Veteran's Administration facilities and Cancer Treatment Centres in the time span of 24 hours that I could and cure everyone that I touched or spoke to/about. 'Healing' brings internal, external and eternal joy!
9) Any advice for writers out there? (From @admirerofbooks on Instagram)
JB: The only advice I could give for all writers out there would be, that everyone should write from your heart and from what you feel! Lose yourself in the experience and 'paint pictures with your words!'
Zoom Boom Review - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/spoiler-free-review-zoom-boom-the-scarecrow-and-friends-zoom-boom-1-by-joel-brown
Be Tidy or Not?/Be Careful Reviews - http://sprinkleofbooks.weebly.com/blog/mini-reviews-be-tidy-or-not-zoom-boom-2be-careful-zoom-boom-3-by-joel-brown
Zoom Boom The Scarecrow and Friends
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26895035-zoom-boom-the-scarecrow-and-friends?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Zoom-Boom-the-Scarecrow-and-Friends-Joel-Brown-Garrett-Myers/9780996608312?ref=grid-view
Be Tidy or Not?
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26895036-be-tidy-or-not
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Be-Tidy-or-Not-Joel-Brown/9780996608329
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26895037-be-careful
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Be-Careful-Joel-Brown/9780996608336
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