About Wallace O. Stephens:
Meet Wallace Stephens, a man of many talents and accomplishments. He is a solutions-oriented entrepreneur, influencer, motivational speaker, and author. He is also the creator of The LeoApe™ children’s book series.
With years of experience working as a substitute teacher in elementary, middle, and high schools, he has a deep understanding of the needs and interests of young learners.
But his expertise extends far beyond the classroom. As a former President of the Prince George’s County, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, he has a keen understanding of the business world and the needs of the community. As President of a nonprofit community resources center, he has demonstrated his commitment to making a positive impact on the world around him.
His dedication to education and community has earned him numerous awards and accolades, including the prestigious INC 500 Entrepreneur award. But perhaps his greatest talent is his ability to inspire and motivate others. As a motivational speaker and author, he has shared his wisdom and insights with countless individuals, helping them to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.
With his passion for education and community, and his expertise in business and motivation, our author brings a unique perspective and voice to the LeoApe™ children's book series. His stories are designed to entertain, educate, and inspire young readers, fostering a love of learning and a commitment to making the world a better place.
What inspires you to write?
Children not being told the truth about history and diversity. As such, and at 81 years of age, I developed a unique character, LeoApe, that's part lion and part ape. LeoApe is on a mission to inform, inspire, and elevate the conversation of inclusiveness through a children's book series of stories that teach children the importance of diversity & inclusion, promote empathy & understanding, and inspire children to be change makers.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
My favorite author is the late Napoleon Hill. Currently I don't have a favorite author. However, I favor entrepreneurship and self help books.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am creative so when I have a thought, experience, or see or read a current event, I just write whatever comes to mind and revise and clean up later. I think of the message I want to convey first. Then I begin to write.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I imagine what I would do in a specific situation then transpose that into my characters.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don't be afraid to write what may be unpopular as long as it's factual.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self publish because Amazon KDP makes it easy for new writers to enter the commerce space. And, there are tons of resources available that are free or inexpensive.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there will always be a future for publishing because lots of avid readers. However the emergence of Artificial Intelligence may alter traditional publishing means.
What genres do you write?: Children's Fiction, Fantasy#kidsbooks, #childrensbooks,#picturebooks,#children, #kids#readaloud, #storytime, #author
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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