As promised, here’s an interview with one of my heroes in the literary world, Christopher Healy, author of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle, and The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw (published by Walden Pond, an imprint of Harper Collins).
Christopher was kind enough to answer my questions about his books and the publishing process. Aspiring authors may appreciate his insights.
Christopher Healy chilling with a good book–one of his own!
BK: First, please tell us about the heroes.
CH: This is the story of four fairy tale princes who are tired of living in the shadows of their more famous female counterparts, so they decide to team up and make a name for themselves, only to discover that they’re pretty lousy at being heroes.
BK: Christopher’s description only hints at how funny these books are. My husband and I cracked up all the way through them. It wasn’t until later that we realized that they were meant for children. We gave the first one to our eight-year-old who read it in a day and a half, putting us both to shame.
Back to the interview, how did you get your start with writing?
CH: It was second grade when Mrs. Sheinman told my parents that my creative writing project—a folded construction paper book called, “Space Race”—was gold star material. That’s when I decided I wanted to be an author. It took another 30 years or so to make it happen, though. I actually began my professional writing career freelancing for various magazines, newspapers, and websites. I’d write whatever they’d let me write—mostly reviews and tiny little 50-word items, but it helped me build up a clip file. When I became a dad, though, it was hard to focus on much other than my kids, so I started writing about them. Which was actually a great move for me, because I ended up carving out a niche for myself as a “dad writer” with various parenting sites and magazines. And eventually I went from writing about children to writing for children.
BK: How did you land your agent? Read the rest of this entry