I’ve been tagged by Christina Wald to participate in this globe-spanning blog tour. This blog chain originated in Australia and is currently passing through Virginia with me on its way to parts unknown. You can follow the chain back to its beginning by clicking on Christina’s link and seeing who tagged her and clicking on that link, and so
Anyhoo, on to the official blog tour questionnaire:
Q: What is the working title of your latest book?
The title is THE DEDUCTIVE DETECTIVE. (That is the official title, I hope
Q: Where did the idea for the book come from?
My daughter’s favorite snuggle buddy is a stuffed duck named Quacky. He
is surprisingly good at hide and seek; and we have spent many hours desperately
trying to find him in time for bedtime. At one point I commented that we needed
to be detectives to find him. Then I thought an actual duck detective would be
fun. Then I thought it might be even more fun if he was a de-“duck”-tive
Q: What genre does your book fall under?
The Deductive Detective is a picture book in the famous wise-quacking,
case-cracking, water fowl mystery genre.
Q: Which actors would star in a movie rendition of your book?
Since this is a picture book, I’m assuming it would be an animated movie.
And apparently, it’s some sort of Hollywood law that all animated bird
characters must be played by Gilbert Gottfried (Iago from Aladdin, Digit from
Cyber Chase, and of course, the Aflack duck.) So I assume Mr. Gottried would
play the lead. I’d love to see some of the voice talent from Penguins of
Madagascar fill out the rest of the characters.
Q: What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
A cake has been stolen from the baking contest and detective Duck is
summoned to quack the case!
Q: Who is publishing your book?
Sylvan Dell is the publisher. They also host a website with 35 pages chock full of enhanced learning activities based on the book at their teacher resource page.
Q; How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The actual time spent writing was about an hour a day for five days for
the first draft. However, I usually get my best ideas when I’m away from my
desk; so feel free to include many additional hours of daydreaming as well.
Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your own genre?
In terms of its math component, it’s similar to Count the Monkeys by Mac
Barnett. In terms of its detective component, it’s similar to the Encyclopedia
Q: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
This book is dedicated to my daughter, Delaney and her BFF Quacky.
Q: What else about this book might pique the reader’s interest?
I try to add a little humor to the.story - both for the kids and for the adults who read to them.The suspects always have the last word when they’re eliminated from
suspicion, and they’ll leave you laughing as they’re leaving.
Q: And what is next after the next big thing?
My agent is fishing for publishers for my next PB ms. I'm also eager to share my current work in progress with my terrific writer's group this week. I'm also writing a few new songs for my buddies and bandmates in the Country band Family Reunion.
Now it's time for me to pass the torch and "tag" the next, Next Big Thing.
I'm tagging Lana Krumwiede, author of the fantastic MG novel, FREAKLING for Thursday, July 25th. She may even share a sneak peak of her forthcoming sequel, The Archons!
For the following week, Thursday, August 1st. I'm tagging Jamie Michalak, author of the Joe and Sparky series. In their latest adventure, they explore (in their own unique way) the exciting and mysterious world of elementary school!