He would pore over the books in the 599 section (remember the Dewy Decimal System?) searching for answers to the questions he had about the things he’d seen out in the woods.
John’s love for animals continued and expanded in college where he got a degree in animal science and Teaching Certification. For the next 8 years he taught high school Science and was one of the school’s favorite teachers.
During that time, he lived in a tiny log cabin he built himself in the middle of the woods. He had no running water, no electricity and no TV.
Every day he would journal about his life and the animals around his cabin. Much of Nature Books for Children series is based on his love for nature.
Now, John gets to pass on a life-time of love, learning and teaching to people all over the world through his books. He truly hopes you are inspired to appreciate this beautiful world we live in.
What inspires you to write?
I just love getting feedback from readers and hearing that I’ve made a difference in their lives and the lives of their children.
Sometimes it’s just a quick note to tell me that they loved the book and were able to have fun conversations with their children. Other times it’s a moving review that lets me know my book has got parents and their kids talking about something light and fun.
I also love nature and take a lot of pride in the fact that I can write in a way that shares my love for nature and at the same time makes readers appreciate the people in their lives more. I don’t think many authors can pull that off and I’m grateful that I can.
Tell us about your writing process.
It’s not pretty or complicated.
I sit down and write.
For at least 2 hours.
That’s it. I force myself to sit down and write. some days the words just flow, and other days it’s pure torture. But no matter what, I write every day.
One thing that has really helped me is to NEVER complete a thought when my writing time is up. I will always leave a sentence or paragraph that is in my head UNWRITTEN. That way when I sit down to write the next day, the writing comes easy at first as I simply complete my thoughts from the previous day.
If I’m stuck, I just type gibberish until something hits a cord and I’m off and running. Also, I write knowing that I’m going to edit, so I don’t let my perfectionism get in the way of a good day of writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
You have a book inside you. Write that book to start with. Don’t expect your first one to be perfect. It won’t be. Just write it and go from there.
The biggest mistake I see people make is worrying about all the things they think need to be done AFTER the book is written.
But, they don’t even have a book done yet. Take it one step at a time. And the first step is to get your book written. Things will fall in place after that and all the things you thought would be so difficult will be much easier than you anticipated.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Back in 2003 I self-published a book when I was a professional speaker. That was the only way you could make a living while you got started in the industry. Things have changed A LOT since then and I love the fact that I can just use Kindle and CreateSpace to take care of all the publishing for me now.
And I can still get my books self-published, just a whole lot cheaper these days!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I really don’t know. I don’t know enough about the industry. Thinking about where the book industry is going doesn’t do me much good. I can’t control it, I just know that I’ll follow it where it goes. For now that means digital and print versions.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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