Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
The main author is my son, Arnold. Arnie is only five years old, so his authorship experience has started quite recently. You know, life can also bring some exciting storylines, like books do. Actually it’s been his second book to be offered at Amazon.com. The first one was stolen by pirates and we will never be able to publish it. Real pirates are not so friendly and cooperative like it usually happens in books.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Some time ago Arnie’s mom gave him a present – a black-and-white toy panda, it was with him all the time – day and night. Arnie couldn’t even share this toy with his younger sister because he loved the panda so much! We kept collecting new information about the life of these beautiful animals and one day we started making pictures with them. So this was the book “Good Morning, Son” appeared. I hope it’ll help you love pandas the same way we do.
I also want this book to help all wild animals, that is why we want to send a dollar from every book sold to The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
The books written by Mr. Mintz ((our joint author’s name with Arnold) contain short, beautiful and lively stories. Simple manner of writing makes them easy to understand for both kids and adults. With these books your child will learn a lot about animals, about friendship and will know how to solve any challenge together.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Our young author likes books with a ‘happy end’. Together with him we used to read stories by Sven Nordqvist, Jacob Strid, Alan Alexander Milne and others.
What are you working on now?
I and my son want all children in the world to learn about different wild animals. And we do hope that soon one more of my books will be released – we’ve already started writing a beautiful fairy tale about the small panda who was looking for her Mom. She will find her, I promise!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
We use the resources of Amazon, our website www.goodmorningson.com, social media Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, also Goodreads website. And now we are at awesomegang.com
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My advice come from my own experience. If there is something wrong with the first book you’ve written, start the second one!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Everything that is done, is done for the best.
What are you reading now?
Now Arnold is reading ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ by Lyman Frank Baum.
What’s next for you as a writer?
It is quite difficult to say that for Arnie. Probably, after some time his books will be more biographic.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
If I happened to get to an uninhabited island, it would be good to have some books about its animal and plant world, and about the God.