We here at Infinity Flower Publishing are excited to welcome our newest author, Van Sledge, and his new children's book, Zyshawn Camp Adventures! Today we are interviewing him about his motivations to write his books!
How long have you wanted to write a children's book?
For at least five years. I've been thinking about it and just never did it. I started working on the illustrations two years ago for the book.
What inspired you to write Zyshawn Camp Adventures?
As a child, me and my siblings and cousins would go on adventures, like walking down the alley and being chased by dogs. So I wanted to take these memories and make them into something with my own son. I was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout and spent a lot of time camping, and that's how I came up with Zyshawn Camp Adventures.
What is the hardest thing about writing a children's book?
Putting the pieces together. Getting the editor, getting the illustrator. I knew what I wanted and had a vision, but I needed help putting it all together.
What are your goals for this book?
For kids to be inspired and enjoy reading the book and to make more books with different themes that will be fun for kids to read about.
What is something unique you want people to know about this book?
It's about my son. I wanted to do something that will leave a legacy for my little boy. I think this is inspiring for myself.
What other kinds of books are you interested in writing?
Novels, mystery thrillers, and a parenthood book that talks about the motivations of single dads. We talk about single mothers, but not a lot about single dads. They deserve recognition too. We all want to be praised for doing a good job raising our kids and we need to have more awareness.
What advice would you give to others wanting to write books?
Never say that you're not able to write a book. A lot of people tell me they want to write a book , but they haven't explored the options of getting people to help them write their books. Just go for you dream, if this is what you want, do it. Find anything you can to make you successful. It's something I've done and that I would encourage other people to do. Some people think they have to write the whole thing, but that's not always true. You can find people who will help you to finish your books and help you reach your dream!
Any parting words for other authors?
Always be passionate about what you want to do. Doesn't matter what it is, just have passion! Your dreams can always grow to be bigger than you ever thought!
Zyshawn Camp Adventures will be available Friday, April 28 on most major retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor, and more!
Follow Van on Facebook for updates!