1. What inspired you
to write this book?
Campfire Stories will be a series of books that are inspired by my dad. He went to many campouts dressed as Three-Knots the Mountain Man. He slept in a teepee or a lean-to, cooked over an open fire, and at night he would create a giant bonfire and tell his famous campfire stories. He passed away in 2013 and I wanted a way to keep his legacy alive. I started gathering his stories together and making them into animated books. So far, I have two books completed; Campfire Stories: Mischief-Maker, and Campfire Stories: The Honey Tree and I am planning for book three in the next year or so.
2. What exactly is
it about and who is it written for?
The adventures of Three-Knots, a mountain man who gets into all sorts of trouble while hunting in the forest. Made for the young and young at heart. This is an adventure through the forest, hunting for his winter stockpile of food.
3. What do you hope
readers will get out of reading your book?
My hope is that readers will laugh and let their imagination take them on a journey. This book is a light-hearted tale of epic situations.
4. How did you decide on your
book’s title and cover design?
I wanted something that reminded me of my dad telling his stories by the campfire.
5. What advice or words of
wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!?
Tell a story that you enjoy. If you put your love into writing, the readers will enjoy it just as much.
6. What trends in the book
world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is
I am a new author and have not studied many of the trends that are popular today, but for me, I went with self-publishing my own books. I have a pretty good feel of how I want the stories to be portrayed and the vision for the book itself.
7. Were there experiences in
your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this
Yes, for sure. I grew up in nature's backyard in Washington State. Each weekend of my childhood was camping and hearing these stories told time and time again. Seeing the love of these stories by the listener's expressions and laughter, inspired my dad to keep creating more stories to tell by the fire.
8. How would you describe
your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to?
I don't think I have a particular style at this time. I just enjoyed taking my dad's stories and making them into something visual for others to enjoy as well.
9. What challenges did you overcome
in the writing of this book?
The challenge of writing these books was taking "mountain man speak" and translating that into something the public would understand and still make it funny and enjoyable.
10. If people can buy or read
one book this week or month, why should it be yours?
My books are quick reads and meant for
youngins to enjoy, but I have had many adults tell me that they felt excited
and on the edge of their seats turning the pages quickly to see what happens
About Ther Author: I grew up in Kennewick, Washington, in the
Pacific Northwest. Living in the northwest gave me many opportunities to
explore nature including hiking, camping, and seeing beautiful landscapes. I
enjoy traveling to see different types of nature. Photography is a passion and
I especially love photographing nature scenery. I live in Las Vegas Nevada enjoying
the desert and all of the beauty it provides in the Southwest of America. For
more info, please see: linkedin.com/in/tim-thompson-7
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