Doty the Donkey—A Flight to Egypt (Author Interview)

Doty the Donkey looks like a great children's book. Any plans for a series of similar books?

Yes, I plan on doing a series. As a matter of fact, my next publication on “Doty the Donkey” (who will be the main fictional character on all my books), will most likely take place in early to mid 2019. That will be book #2 in starting a series for children aged 4-8 years old.

What do you think makes a great children's story?

What I loved about a children’s book that makes a great story is
that all my short stories will rhyme for kids to better grasp and understand the story line better. To me, it makes it more fun and interesting for kids to listen and read.

What inspired you when writing Doty the Donkey?

All my fiction short-stories are Bible related events. My goal is to hope that all children will learn more of what is in the Bible at a young age. Getting to know about God early in life for all children is something I hope to achieve. That is why I chose “Doty the Donkey” as a fictional character for children to relate. Using Doty’s perspective is something I want kids to enjoy and learn from.

What are your ambitions for your writing career? Full time? Part time?

I write short stories for kids on my spare time. My ambition is to see what this takes me in getting my children’s stories out there for kids to read and to learn more about God, Jesus and Mary.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I decided to become a writer 3 years ago. I say about late summer, 2014. My first publication came out in October, 2017 with my first children’s book called “Doty the Donkey—A Flight to Egypt,” which is the start of my series of “Doty the Donkey.”

When writing Doty the Donkey did anything stand out as particularly challenging?

The most challenging part in writing my short stories for kids is to get my storyline to rhyme. Some parts were easy, but I have to admit, there were a few areas that were tough. But I managed through and was very happy with the results afterward.

What do you like to do when not writing?

In the summer, I like to work on my flower garden. Drinking my hazelnut coffee on my porch with friends is something I enjoy every year. In the winter, I enjoy watching old movies, especially around the holidays with friends.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Not only does my book (and more in the future) sell through Amazon and Barnes & Noble, I have a website where you can also order from. There I post articles on a weekly or bi-weekly basis explaining more about who I am as an author, and how I came up with a fiction name, “Doty” etc. You can check it out and let me know what you think. Thank you.

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