Monday, October 15, 2012

Author Richie Frieman on his award winning book, Terple Always Dream Bigger

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING? Children’s books, 5 years. Writing in general for 10.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BEGIN WRITING? I’ve always loved children’s books and always promised myself one day I’d not only write but illustrate my own original book. Finally, the concept and passion met at the same point and I did it.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND Terple - Always Dream Bigger? I’m a father of two and take my role as a parent incredibly seriously, especially when it comes to reminding kids to stay true to the dreams and never give up. I never settle for making my dreams come true, so it’s one thing to just dream, another to just dream BIG but I want my kids to aspire to always dream BIGGER!

IS THIS YOUR FIRST BOOK? [This is] My second children’s picture book. My first was called, Terple - The Sky Is Just The Start.

DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW BOOKS IN THE WORKS?  I’m also a manners and etiquette writer known as Modern Manners Guy. My new book Quick and Dirty Tips for Life After College (Macmillan Publishing) is now available in eBook on iTunes, Kindle and Nook!

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF: I’m 33 years old, a columnist, writer, entrepreneur, children’s clothing line owner and designer (Charm City Babies) and a former professional wrestler! Bet you weren’t expecting that. But it’s true.

TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING THAT OUR READERS MIGHT FIND FASCINATING ABOUT YOU: Well, the fact that I was a professional wrestler, yes, like the kind of TV (my ring name was Buster Maccabi) for 8 and a half years and now writing/illustrating children’s books is pretty different I think.

WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY DOING IN YOUR SPARE TIME? My family comes first, so every free minute is devoted to my wife Jamie, daughter Maddy (4 years old) and newborn son, Cole (4 months old).

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW/MOVIE? My favorite movie of all time is “Goonies”. I have it memorized. And as for TV, I love “Walking Dead”, “Hell on Wheels”, “Newsroom”, “Daily Show”, and “Parenthood”.

HAS YOUR BOOK RECEIVED ANY OTHER AWARDS?  “Terple - Always Dream Bigger” won the 2012 Gelett Burgess Award for best Poetry and Rhyming Children’s Book.

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE AS AN AUTHOR? Making sure you are able to get your book out there is the hardest part. I want children and parents to enjoy my work and [I] work hard every day to make more people aware of Terple.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER ASPIRING AUTHORS? Never stop. Never, ever, ever stop writing and trying. Nothing worth anything ever happens over night. This is a tough job to have but it’s a job of passion, so always keep trying.

CAN YOU OFFER ANY TIPS ON GETTING PUBLISHED? Make yourself visible. Join writing groups, network, and just do what you can to reach out to people.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR READERS? I hope to bring attention to children’s books, especially picture books. I want people to be aware of the importance of childhood literacy and early education. Also, always feel free to reach out to me! Tweet me @RichieFrieman

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