About Peter Solomon:
Peter Solomon is a physicist and an entrepreneur who is devoted to passing on his love for the many wonderful science stories to the younger generation. The birth of his twelfth grandchild was the inspiration for his first book and the STARDUST MYSTERY project that has created companion video games, science videos, and Expert Avatars that will answer questions about their lives and work. The theme of the Stardust Mystery story is that we are made of STARDUST that was once in the body of Albert Einstein and the last T-Rex. That is true. We each have more than 300 trillion carbon atoms that once belonged to and were exhaled by Einstein and more than 5,000 trillion that were once in each T-Rex that roamed the Earth. Those atoms were created in the end-of-life explosions of stars.
His new book, The Race to the Big Bang, set in the coronavirus pandemic, continues that story. The same child characters make the best of their new life constraints and enter a new contest, The Race to the Big Bang. They, and hopefully the reader, will learn lots of new science. Peter lives in Connecticut with his wife, Sally Moshein Solomon. Sally and Peter have had their vaccine shots and are now visiting with their grandchildren again
What inspires you to write?
I have had a long career doing science, writing about science, and being a technology entrepreneur. When my twelfth grandchild was born, I decided to bring my passion for science to young children by sharing some of the most amazing science stories in ways they could understand and enjoy. The project started with an illustrated science adventure book called The Stardust Mystery and expanded to include a second book and related video games, science videos, short stories, and finally online LEARNING PAGES.
My aim is to spark a child’s interest in science during their late elementary and middle school years while they are still curious. There are many fascinating science stories, like the creation of the universe in the Big Bang, the formation of our atoms in the explosive death of stars, or the asteroid that hit the earth to change the course of evolution. I believe relating the basic narratives in a simple way are interesting enough to draw children to science. Once their interest is kindled, they may be motivated to learn the mathematics and the rigorous descriptions that make these stories into real science.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Stephen King, James Clavell, Walter Isaacson, and David McCullough
Tell us about your writing process.
I read Stephen King's book On Writing and had this major take away. Imagine the scene and your characters in that scene. Let them do the writing. I go a little further with that idea. My books are illustrated and I am one of the illustrators. So I often illustrate the scene and then let the characters do the acting and the talking. My characters appear in video games, science videos and short stories too, so they have lots of personality and history to guide me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My books are fictional time, space and size change travel adventures in which my characters discover non-fiction science concepts. My characters are based on the personalities and interests of several of my grandchildren. So the process is more like the characters are talking to me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just do it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self publishing was the easiest route. But getting visibility is difficult. If you can get a publisher, I would do it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I love print books and newspapers to read. But the younger generation does so much more through the internet. But telling stories, no matter what the format will always survive.
What genres do you write?: Science Adventure
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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