Interview with Author Kevin Bloomfield
Kevin Bloomfield author of Mr Biggs in the City.
I want to thank you for being my guest here on Mymcbooks Blog
What is the last book you read?
I read quite a bit and sometimes listen to books as I drive. I recently finished the Hunger games series and am listening to book #2 of Game of Thrones. I think next in line is something a little less sci-fi… maybe Lincoln Lawyer.
What were your earliest memories of writing?
Most of my early story creation is through art. I am an illustrator first. I’ve been creating stories through art since I was a youngster. There were probably even a few Bigfoot drawings back then sometime.
Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural?
My mom is an amazing oil painter and always had me creating. I think it was a good mix of naturally being attracted to story telling and the encouraging support of my family.
Are you working on a new book?
I just finished Mr. Biggs at the Circus. It should be out in May 2012. I am also getting ready to start a new children’s series that include aliens, kids, a farm and breakfast… what could it be?
What inspired you to write Mr. Biggs in the City, and how did you come up with the character?
I am a big guy and I travel to China about 2 times each year. When I am in China I stick out like a sore thumb and am much bigger than the average person in China. This sort of sprouted the idea of a giant in the city.
What do your children think about Mr. Biggs?
I have two daughters (ages 2 and 5) and they love him. He’s part of the family now. I had a golden rule as I was illustrating the book. If they didn’t laugh at the page I would throw it out and start over.
What was your favorite children’s book?
My favorite book when I was a kid was Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (the original). Now a days, I enjoy Splat the Cat and Shaun the Sheep by Rob Scotton.
What is the most difficult part of writing?
I like to first start with writing a description of what I want to happen on each page. The hard part is translating that to a much shorter text for young children. I also believe that a child should be able to read the story without reading the text – the illustrations should tell the story all by themselves. This is always a challenge.
What do you do when you’re not writing or promoting your books?
My full time career is as a children’s toy creator. This takes up the majority of my day to day. When I’m not working, I attempt to play golf and I love to take my girls off roading in my Jeep.
You have invented and designed children’s toys for the past 10 years. Could you name a few of the toys?
I use to actually design the toys. Now I have a team of very talented designers that get to have all the fun. Together we create toys for Gazillion Bubbles and coming this Fall – Nation Geographic.
How do you react to a bad review and have you ever suffered from writer’s block?
I actually haven’t had a bad review in the children’s book world. Let’s hope it stays this way. I think I’m too new to the world of writing to have writers block, but I do get burnt out every once in a while. This usually means I need to go fishing or play golf.. Something to let off some steam and clear my head.
What do you hope that readers will take away from your book?
All smiles! At this age kids should be smiling non-stop. I think children’s books should be about giggling and laughter… and behind the scenes sneak in a good lesson. In this case, realizing we are all different. Big, small, green or purple – we all belong… and if you see another kid that doesn’t feel like they belong, you should help them feel a bit more welcome.
Who are some of your favorite authors you would love to dine with?
My absolute favorite children’s author / illustrator is Rob Scotton. I would also love to have dinner with a great storyteller like Jon Krakauer or J.K. Rowling.
What author inspires you the most and why?
No one specific author inspires me. I love to read all genres and all reading levels. Sometimes I need a true story from Jon Krakaur and sometimes I need a sci-fi/fantasy book like Game of Thrones. Every once in a while I’ll throw in a mystery or thriller like Davinci Code. I’ll even jump back to a classic like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I am a very determined guy. If I set my mind to something, I can go get it. When I was illustrating Mr. Biggs I woke up before work and illustrated for an hour and started up again after the kids went to bed. I didn’t sleep much during this time, but it’s worth it in the long run.
What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read?
Look for something creative and fun! There is no such thing as bad reading for a kid. Be open to what they want, but also show them new books that they might not know about. I judge all books by the illustrations because that’s what kids will notice first.
What advice would you would give to new writers?
Hang in there. Expect to be shut down allot and keep a thick skin. Keep pushing consistently. If you want a publisher, don’t send it to just a few publishers, send it to all publishers. Set a schedule for yourself (submit to 10 publishers each day).
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Thank you for this interview.
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