Meet Tony Evangelista, Author of Cartoon Boy
TE: I always liked to write which is a frustrating gift. Putting thoughts into words is a very trying experience. I'm even having a tough time writing about myself. I was an entrepreneur for over 20 years and then I entered the corporate world to necessitate my income. During that time, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), in 1997. I became wheelchair dependent in 2001 while working full-time in the corporate world. I have two great adult boys and am married to a lovely woman. I'm the type of person who doesn't like the words "I can't". True, I can't walk, but I can and will do as much as I can. Persistence pays. I guess that's due to my impatience and fidgetiness.
TE: In the spring of 2001, while sitting in my scooter, I tried throwing a baseball to my son Joey. I found my hand unable to grasp it and my arm unable to throw it. I even tried throwing it under hand, but it went awry. I had no strength or balance, and no aim whatsoever. The spring and summer before I had coached Joey's Little League team and walked with an imbalanced gait. We then realized I could no longer throw or assist in playing baseball with him. One day I wrote a short 1 1/2 page story about it. Over the course of about 15 years and countless rewrites, it evolved to the current Cartoon Boy.
BBB: Tell us about your main character, Joey.
TE: Joey is a mysteriously quiet and independent 8-year-old boy who is obsessed with cartoons and baseball. All he wants is for his young Dad to walk and play baseball together. He is very creative, imaginative, sensitive, headstrong and sticks to Dad like glue.
BBB: What are you currently working on?
TE: I just finished a story called "Flat-u Force". It's totally different than Cartoon Boy and NOT for children. I don't know if I'm proud of it or not, but it's awfully funny.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
TE: You can look me up on Facebook or WordPress. I'm currently working on a polished website.