- What motivated you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and turning it into this book?
As soon as I became a father, I realized this was the greatest gift in the world. I thought it was important to tell our story especially in this troubled world. We have to keep being reminded that it’s all about the love of family.
- What is it about and who is it for?
This book is for anyone who’s thinking, debating, contemplating, having or taking care of a child now or in the future, or for anyone who has experienced what my wife and I experienced in trying to adopt a child. And it’s for anyone wanting to read a heartwarming story about love and family.
- What takeaways might the reader will be left with after reading it?
That the price we paid for parenthood, even with all that we went through, was worth it. It’s important to keep an open mind, because sometimes the best things happen when you are resistant to changes, as they do through overcoming obstacles and adversity.
- How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design?
It was either that, a Flow Chart or a roller coaster. To get from point A to the finish line is often a maze in which you have little control and with each new challenge you alter your direction. This is especially true of adoption. We describe our journey to our very talented artist, who did pics for The New Yorker magazine, and he came up with the maze.
- What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
Think of the real reason you’re writing; not just having something to say, but the purpose you’re saying it. We all heard, everyone has a unique story or a tale to tell. It just sitting and writing is the hard part. I feel the more you can define the real purpose of your story, the more you’ll stick with the writing. I’m sure there are a few writers who have the formula down and now do it for the money. I wrote this book to affirm the joy of family and to give a boost to those debating bringing children into this troubled world. I say bring them, if there is any chance of getting out of all this mess, it won’t happen without love.
- What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
Of course, there are more and more digital books. I read e books and audio are up 30 percent. I think publishers face a lot of challenges and that even major publishers for unknown authors are not as generous as they once were. Good news, I read that there is a revival of bookstores. There is nothing like hanging out in a bookstore and browsing. There is a great place to escape to, especially those where you can get a coffee and relax.
- What challenges did you overcome to write this book?
It was hard for me to relive through writing the emotions of our journey. Often in writing I become so focused, and I am transported to that place in the story. Writing a book takes a lot of commitment and working through doubts.
- How would you describe your writing style?
Being a comic for so many years I’ve learned the importance of simplicity. A good joke is almost like poetry. However, simplicity as in many things is really hard to achieve. There is a real beauty in simplicity and that’s what I strive for.
- If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?
If you want to laugh, to cry, and know the beauty of what’s best in this life, then I would recommend it.
About The Author: Dr. Mike King, comedian and pediatric dentist, has built his practice in an unusual way: to relax the kids, he incorporates comedy and magic tricks into his treatment. He has written two children’s books, Flossopher and the Brushing Trees and Enamel the Camel. Entertaining is in Mike’s blood: His dad owned Sid King’s Crazy Horse Bar in Denver, Colorado. In the 1970s and ’80s, it was one of the most popular burlesque houses West of the Mississippi, so it was just a matter of time before Mike began to perform for grown-ups. In the comedy-club circuit he’s known as “The Fifth Dentist”—you know—“Four out of five dentists recommend sugarless gum.” Mike appears regularly at Broadway Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, and Gotham Comedy Club. His musical, The Lap Dance Kid, is in production, and he’s also written a one-man show. Mike’s greatest joy is spending time with his wife and their daughter. They live in New York City. For more information, please see: www.MikeKingWrites.com
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