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Tell us a brief summary of your book’s plot.
Recorded within the pages of this book are transcripts of several stories that have been told by a character called Superteddy. Together they tell the tale of that friendly visitor from another realm of existence whose playful antics, encouragement, and heroic actions help the people of Earth to overcome some obstacles to their happiness and create a much more pleasant place for them to live.
What was the inspiration for this story?
The original inspiration came twelve years ago while I watched news coverage of a very large, wealthy, militant country wage war against a relatively small and defenseless nation, bringing much suffering and terror to the people who lived there, and thought that it might take a band of real superheroes dedicated to protecting the personal freedom of all people to ever stop all of the nations of this world from subjugating and oppressing people (in the name of some national sovereign right) for their own profit and political ambitions. After developing that Idea for several years I had a sudden flash of inspiration in which I imagined that that heroic organization could be lead by a living teddy bear from another dimension of existence who has the power to see into the minds of other people and share mental imagery with them, whose sole intention is to take care of people and protect them, who could help people in this world to critically evaluate and reject the ideas and social constructs that condone such institutionalized forms of oppression.
Do you have any writing habits you would like to tell us about?
I have a very simple and unprofessional style of writing, which involves writing down whatever comes into my mind, then rewriting, revising, rewriting again, randomly thinking about various scenes and trying to come up with new and better ways to phrase things. It may not be the most direct and effective means of writing but after about 5 years of working on this project I think that it has come up with something pretty nifty.
What is the hardest thing to manage when you start writing?
What I find most difficult is keeping all of the details of the story consistent and figuring out when a subtle change to one minor passage makes it necessary to change some other minor detail that appears 50 ages later (or earlier).
Name the three books currently topping your To Be Read list?
The Sirens of Titan and Galápagos: A Novel, by Kurt Vonnegut, and The Emerald City of Oz, by L. Frank Baum.
How important do you think a book’s cover is?
I read somewhere that 70% of books are sold based upon the look of the cover, so I think that it is very important to make that good first impression in order to get people to choose to read the book. But once a person does make that superficial choice the story and content of the book actually are much, much more important.
If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose?
If it could be any author living or dead I would definitely choose Kurt Vonnegut.