Monday, 28 September 2015

An Interview with Children's Book Author : Christopher Holley


In your own words, please tell us about yourself.
My name is Christopher Holley.  I have been a teacher for 12 years (3rd grade) and I am a children’s picture book, young adult and adult author.  I enjoy football, Martial Arts and Magic the Gathering.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
I really admire Roald Dahl and Jeff Kinney.  Mr. Dahl just creates really amusing stories that inspire me to try to be a better writer and Mr., Kinney is just hilarious and has attained the success I crave.  My favorite book of all time is The Rainbow Fish.  I love the message it teachers about sharing and being selfless instead of selfish.
What led you into writing? Was it a lifelong ambition, or the result of some type of turning point in your life?
One day I was with my friend Frank Cassuto, who is a fantastic artist, and I just asked him if I write a book, if he would draw it.  He agreed and a year later A World Without Water was created and I feel it is the strongest book I have created to date.
When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
Probably when I was in 2nd grade was when I discovered my love for writing.  We had to create a book and I really ran with it.  The itch didn’t pick back up well into my late 20’s though.  
If there was one thing you could tell your readers, what would it be?
Follow your dreams because that’s how amazing things happen.
What is the message of Chumbalina The Plump Princess?
The book has multiple positive messages.  The major takeaway is that you should be comfortable in your own skin.  Other messages are giving people a chance because you might find out what how great they are and trying new things.
Was the character of Chumbalina based on anyone you know in real life?
The name Chumbalina is a pet name for my fiancé.  Her mother always called her Chum and then I thought Chumbalina sounded cuter.  Plus it is sounds similar to Thumbelina.  The funny part is she looks nothing like my fiancé, so she was a little bit annoyed at the artistic direction that was chosen.  

What inspired the illustrations in the book?
I always think in pictures, but I can’t draw them.  So the illustrator basically just worked off of what I thought the book should look like and nailed it.  I am very happy with the way the illustrations came out.  They are cute and colorful.
How can readers connect with you?
Readers can connect with me in any of the following places.  If you are interested, please visit my site, follow me and if you like, check out this book and some of my others.  Thank you.
Twitter: @booksbyholley
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