How Does A Tree Becomes A Tree (Author Interview)

How Does A Tree Becomes A Tree looks like a great children’s story.  Can you tell us a little about it?

Yes. I love trees and think they have many lessons to teach us about life and the way we grow as humans so that is what I tried to show with the story. By teaching the children of today about how important trees are to our lives,, from the oxygen they give us to breathe to the fact that trees take time to grow and mature just as we  humans do, we realize how connected we really are to them. 

How were the illustrations done in How Does A Tree Becomes A Tree?

I wrote the book first then drew it about 15 different ways, because as an artist, I had a really hard time with picking the style I wanted to use. I eventually took them all and put them together with an amazing editor that helped to finally bring it all together.

What inspired you when writing How Does A Tree Becomes A Tree?    

I would like to instill a love for the wild and Mother Nature in the youth of today especially during a pivotal time in the health of our planet. A life mission of mine is to help save the forests of the world and we need the children of today to fight that battle for us by caring about the natural world!

How did you come up with the story in How Does A Tree Becomes A Tree?

I wanted to show the circle of life and I love trees as art so this was what I can up with. An easy to-digest book for young readers before bed so they can dream about tree forts, climbing trees and a realization of how ALIVE trees really are. By creating characters out of trees it makes you care about them and have empathy for them. I wanted the two main characters in this book to be the tree and the child, and that connection is what I want to share with the world.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing How Does A Tree Becomes A Tree?

I really agonized over the drawings. The book sat in my office and I revisited it many times over a 24 month period but every time I drew and re-drew and re-drew the illustrations, I didn’t like it and wanted to change it. But when COVID hit I finally had the time to sit with it and make it into a reality! The final formatting was something foreign to me that I had to learn but it feels great to have finally published it and know the process now so I feel like my next book will come to fruition in a much smoother manner.

What do you like to do when not writing?

When I am not writing I am out in the Pacific ocean in Hawaii surfing, boating, hiking the beautiful trails in the mountains, making art, hanging out with my two new kitties and my partner Meghan and dancing to the music of this beautiful life as best as I can.

Where can readers find out more about your work? 

My Amazon Author Page