Today’s guest is children’s author, Matthew Ball.
Shelagh: Please give us a brief bio.
Matthew: I’m a former attorney, a children’s book author and founding editor of William Joseph K Publications, and a blues & boogie woogie performing artist under the stage name of The Boogie Woogie Kid
Shelagh: When did the writing bug bite?
Matthew: I’ve been writing short prose therapeutically for years, but never with any specific intent or direction before.
Shelagh: Briefly tell us about your latest book.
Matthew: My latest book is a children’s book about friendship and teasing called Minnie & Melvira.
Shelagh: What’s the hook for the book?
Matthew: The book contains a life lesson about choosing friends. It was also a collaboration with my father Larry Ball who is a 22 year veteran of the auto-worker industry, recently laid off with the economic downturn.
Shelagh: How do you develop your ideas?
Matthew: I have an idea or concept that I share with the illustrator, who then offers their thoughts, and the end product is a combination of visions.
Shelagh: Who is the most likable character?
Matthew: The caterpillar from my book The Worm & The Caterpillar because he is the indomitable optimist against the voice of the cynic.
Shelagh: Do you have a specific writing style?
Matthew: My writing style I would describe as a whimsical rhyme, I’m always, however, trying convey within my writing a meaningful message about life.
Shelagh: What are your current projects?
Matthew: I’m writing another children’s book called The Adventures of Fred d Fly.
Shelagh: Where can folks learn more about your books and events?
Matthew: Folks can always find out what I’m doing next through our website: www.williamjkpub.com
Shelagh: Thanks for joining us today, Matthew.
Matthew: Thank you.