Sunday, April 21, 2024

Interview With Author Brenda Beckelman



1. What inspired you to write this book? While volunteering with children in Mexico to learn English I found that I would make up stories and read to them.  This inspired me to write a children’s book.   

2. What exactly is it about and who is it written for? Get ready for an intergalactic adventure as Walter, a shapeshifting pup travels through a Vortex to new worlds where he finds mysterious Wind Monsters twirling around and the local village being destroyed.  Did I mention that the elephants fly.  Will Walter and his new friends find their way through the Golden Valley to save the alien village? This is a fun filled fully illustrated adventure story all set off world for children ages 4-10.   

3. What do you hope readers will get out of reading your book? Learn to accept differences, develop friendships, work together, problem solve, be brave and that things are not always as they appear.  

4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design? I love dogs, so Walter is a creation of what I think a dog might be on another world.  I gave him shape-shifting abilities, he speaks any language and is fun loving.  

5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers – other than run!? Enjoy the creativity.  

6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? It is challenging for new authors as there seems to be "publishers" who are not true publishers and looking to charge authors instead of helping get books published and distributed.  

7. Were there experiences in your personal life or career that came in handy when writing this book?  Raising children, volunteering with children.  I believe they teach us as much as we teach them.  

8. How would you describe your writing style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to? I'm not sure I have a style yet but I love science fiction, fantasy and mystery.  I have not seen any books out there that are similar.  

9. What challenges did you overcome in the writing of this book? The self-publishing process.  

10. If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours? Because it can change their life by changing their thoughts.  If you get any concept from my book, it is that things are not always as they appear and if you are open to new friendships, new cultures (a pup from another planet that speaks) and look for ways to work together to solve problems you can change your life.  

About The Author: Hi I’m Walters creator, Brenda.  I loved reading adventure book’s when I was a child, oh wait, I am still a child at heart, with 5 grown children, a husband of 20 plus years and a dog named Skooby do. I enjoy traveling, learning new things and am passionate about food, especially dessert! Most of the time you can find me south of the border where I volunteer teaching English as a second language to young children.   For more information, please see:

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