Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Interview with author Derek Velez Partridge

1. What inspired you to write your book? I feel Christmas has gotten too cheap. Cheesy even. I began writing this story when I was 16 but it didn’t fully realized it until I had my three daughters. Parents need media, books that they can trust. So I decided to bring a new myth to the Santa Legend, one that fits my parenting.

2. What is it about? That we’re all born unique, with some special talent; and that the good we put out in the world will return. The book is a magical adventure story about how Kris Kringle unwittingly begins a movement by putting gold coins in the elves socks. This creates hope, a force in which the legend of Santa Claus is born. We find out the origins of jingle bells, candles, and much more.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? It’s important to me that our youth understand that we all come with some special ability; for some of us it’s harder to find then others. We all have a purpose and when we align ourselves with our natural born talents, we’re in sync with ourselves and the entire world around us.

4. What advice do you have for writers? That we all should continue to provoke, to explore ideas that are different from what everybody else is doing. I like to ask myself a difficult question, a premise that either would be completely awful or great. If you can give reasonable explanation to something seemly impossible, you’ve done great work! To be great is to take risks. I hope I get there someday!

5. Where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? It’s becoming multimedia. Nowadays an idea isn’t enough. You have to bring an audience. The new media business and publishing industry has to accommodate this multiple platforms system, social, print, video, etc. so all new books will have to play in all those different delivery systems. The industry is breaking up into fragments.

6. What challenges did you have in writing your book? I wrote the boos many, many different ways, I changed POV’s, made it shorter, longer, etc. but making it sound right for children was a struggle. So I got Mary Packard. A true gem, known for so many books, Winnie the Pooh, Little Bear, etc. She managed to take my ideas and story and shape them so that a child would understand everything. I can be a bit deep at times and she helped make it simple. As you know, simplicity is brilliant, but also one of the hardest things to do. Thank you, Mary!

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? The Book of Kringle – Legend of the North Pole isn’t a book of the month. It’s a book for a lifetime. Its goal has always been to be brought out every Christmas. It was designed with such care it can be considered a Christmas decoration and with its story of hope, it’ll inspire the reader and the entire family, spawning a new tradition. We get so many emails claiming just that.

Derek Velez Partridge was first inspired to pen The Book of Kringle - Legend of the North Pole at sixteen-years-old when he wrote a poem titled “Old Man Joe.” Partridge has been a professional artist for many years, getting his start as a clay potter while living with Pablo Indians in New Mexico. He has made two feature films and is currently in preproduction of a new film called The Devil That Is, story by Edwin Torres, the New York Supreme Court Judge known for Carltio’s Way. Partridge is the father of three daughters aged 11, 14 and 16, to whom he dedicates The Book of Kringle.
For more information, please visit the book's website, as well as the Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Goodreads pages.

The Book of Kringle – Legend of the North Pole is now available on the book's website, as well as Amazon and iBooks.

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