Meet Luis Rodriguez, Author of The Klampie Mystery
What inspired you to become a children's author?
Helping my son write a story in second grade. We 'co-wrote' Timothy's Story. I loved it so much that after the homework was presented, I polished the story, and it is somewhere in the computer. I really loved it. Then I wrote another story, that I am not so sure about, because is a little 'surrealistic', but it is also somewhere in the computer, and I enjoyed writing it.
How did you come up with the idea for The Klampie Mystery?
I came up with a koala plush toy design that I am trying to have manufactured. During a visit to a toy store, I noticed that some plush characters are bundled with a book. I then said to myself, "I have to write the Klampie story!" The story turned out to be a mystery, The Klampie Mystery. I loved it so much that the plush toy project moved to the back burner for now.
What do you think children will enjoy most about your book?
I think they'll like the end the best. The book was reviewed by two critics under 8 years, and the happy ending is what they liked the most.
What advice would you give to a new author trying to get his or her book published?
Nowadays, there are many ways to publish a book. A little bit of tenacity and perseverance is necessary, as well as a lot of attention to detail and quality. Do a lot of research, and start promotion at least four months before the book is published. This is very important. I didn't know this before publishing The Klampie Mystery.
Are you currently working on other books?
Yes. I love writing, and particularly writing for kids. After Klampie, I wrote two short pieces that are more 'academic' than narrative. They are both playful, and I think fun, but they are primarily educational for preschool aged children. I have a few other ideas that I would like to develop, as well.
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