Saturday, August 26, 2023

Interview With Author Michael Todd Ernst About Inventive Wizard of Oz Spin-Off



1.What inspired you to write this book? I met Jerry Maren (The Lollipop Kid), and we became friends. We talked about why he and the other two Lollipop Kids didn’t have a story of their own. He didn’t know why but thought it would be a good idea to have one and I started thinking about writing one that talked about the Lollipop gang. Unfortunately, Jerry wouldn’t live long enough for it to come about.


2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for?  The book is about the adventures of the Munchkins 75 years after Dorothy had left the Land Of OZ, and the struggles of trying to save their village from the Evil Wicked Witch of the West, who put a spell on the village of Munchkin Land. They are on a quest to retrieve the Evil Warlock’s (The Evil Witches Brother) medallion to reverse the spell on Munchkin Land. They encounter several different obstacles along the way and some life is lost.


3. What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book? It has been a 84 years since the Wizard of Oz debuted in the United States. I am hoping that the newer generation can get some incite into a story that was beyond its time.


4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design? After I completed writing the book the title came to me in a dream that I believe was sent from Jerry. The cover design, even though my best friend was against it, I wanted to portray my friend and the man who inspired me to write the book, so I put our picture on the book. After all, it is about the famous Lollipop Kid, Jerry Maren.


5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!? I would say: “Just go for it, make your dream come true and do whatever it takes, no matter how long it takes.”


6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? I see that books are going more online and not so much something they purchase to hold in their hands. I think that the book publishing industry is still heading downward but I believe that some people still like to flip through the pages of a book and hold it in their hands while reading it. I don’t think that actual books will go away anytime soon, if anything they may make a strong comeback as people realize that they spend to much time on devices.


7. Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book?           I have always looked for adventures and I believe that my imagination took over from there.


8. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to? I believe I have a creative mind, but I did have to have friends help with the writing of this book because I am new to writing. I think that my writing style is more of the descriptive kind with a little bit of narrative thrown in there. I this it is Fantasy fiction.  I like to believe I am similar to L. Frank Baum, he is truly and inspiration to me.


9. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book? My challenges were the fear of writing, I am not that proficient with words and putting them together. I did seek lots of help to make sure that it all fit together.  Also, the fear that no one would care enough to read it and I wouldn’t be able to do right by Jerry Maren. I also believe that time was something I had to overcome, I wanted to write this story so that no one would ever forget.


10. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours? I believe that my book would take them away on a magical journey to far away places, to meet new characters and have excitement & surprises on what is going to happen as the characters travel along to save Munchkin Land.

 Michael Todd Ernst was born in Pennsylvania on November 10, 1961, and moved to Orlando Fl when he turned 16. Michael graduated from SCC Adult High School in 1979. Some of his jobs were: paperboy, lawn maintenance, Valet, Factory worker & owner of a billiard room. Michael became a toy inventor, and this is when he met and became friends with The Lollipop kid from the movie wizard of oz, Jerry Maren, this then turn into him becoming an Author. Michael wants to honor his promise to Jerry in making a movie about the Lollipop Kid. For more info, see:

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