Thursday, September 19, 2019

Interview with Author David Bruce Smith

                                     Abigail & John

David Bruce Smith is the founder of the Grateful American Foundation; its purpose is to re-create enthusiasm about American history for kids---and adults -- through videos, podcasts; The Grateful American Book Series will feature presidential/historical marriages that were partnerships. The first book, John & Abigail (Adams) will be published in October by Liberty Bell Press; distribution by Simon & Schuster. He is also co-founder of the Grateful American Book Prize which promotes excellence in non-fiction/historical fiction/ YA books;
grades 7-9; of the 85 awards in Children's books, this is the only award in this slot. Each year a committee of seven judges determines the winner of the Prize, and two "Honorable Mentions".
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1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book? During my years of visiting presidential homes such as Mount Vernon and Montpelier, for example, the signs--and all of the collateral material said: "George Washington's Mount Vernon" or James Madison's Montpelier. After a while the omissions started to bother me. I asked myself, "why not include the wives?" Not only would you capture the interest of a little girl, but historical literacy would--over time--rise.  When I was writing the book, it was also important that the wife got top billing in the title. The next in the series will be about the Madisons, DOLLEY AND JAMES.

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader? Interestingly, the age range is wider than one would believe. This book has a bit of the Harry Potter syndrome, in that because parents can either read it to their kids, or older students can enjoy it on their own. The illustrations--all created by my mother--really move the story along.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down? Abigail was a Founding Mother, and John was a Founding Father; they made huge personal sacrifices to help form a country to their liking. While he rose in politics, she managed their farm, virtually alone, because the Adams's didn't believe in slavery--a very unusual position in those days. I think it's been said that if their time away one another was added up, they endured a ten-year separation, tolerated only by their loving letters; in all more than 1000 were written.

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers? I don't really have words of wisdom for my fellow writers, but they probably would have some for me.

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? I think the trends are better than people think. It appears the Kindle and other such devices have lost some popularity, and more people are opting to read traditional books. The great service of the "electrical" books, is they provide an alternative for people with eye diseases. It's a great thing.

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?The biggest obstacle was assembling the right team around me, but we did it, and without them, Abigail & John would not have happened.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?  Many children's biographies are "sanitized". By that, I mean, here's the impression you get upon completion: he/she was born, became a success without too much struggle, and died a hero. Abigail & John was not constructed that way. It's more realistic--difficulties are presented in age appropriate language--but when you're finished, you'll likely think, "Wow. They really worked hard to help make America a great country--despite their hard times."


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