King Cybee: The Baba Cheech (Author Interview)

Can you tell us a little about King Cybee?

King Cybee is the beloved Yorkie and the main character in the children's book, 'King Cybee The Baba Cheech.' He rules over a hidden mouse village beneath the deck and embarks on exciting adventures with his nieces and nephews. Together, they explore the magical world of the backyard kingdom, fostering friendship and courage along the way.


What motivated you to write the book?

A: The inspiration behind 'King Cybee The Baba Cheech' came from my own experiences with our treasured Yorkie, Cy. Starting many years ago, he would just sit on the deck like he heard something that we didn’t. He showed a lot of concern as he sniffed around any opening. I joked with my wife about his loyal subjects under the deck. First, it was frogs. Then it was moles. It ended up being mice. I said, “This would make a good children’s story someday”. And here it is.


What age group did you write the book for?

'King Cybee The Baba Cheech' is written for children of all ages, but primarily targets the 1-8 age group and their parents who will enjoy reading this to their young ones as a bedtime story. The whimsical story and captivating illustrations make it an engaging and delightful read for young readers and their families. It captures the enchantment of childhood imagination and the special bond between a pet and a family. Some of my fondest memories are being read to as a child and reading later, to my children. There’s nothing like a good bedtime story.


How did you come up with the title for the book?

The title 'King Cybee The Baba Cheech' was inspired by the endearing nickname we gave our Yorkie, Cy, who became the beloved king of the mouse village beneath our deck. The title captures the magical world, the playful nature of the story, and the close bond between Cy and his family. Cy often says, “I am the Baba Cheech”.


What was your favorite scene or part of the book?

A: It's hard to pick just one favorite scene, as the entire book holds special meaning to me. However, I particularly enjoyed the scenes where King Cybee and his nieces and nephews embark on adventures in the backyard kingdom. The vibrant characters and enchanting landscapes truly come to life in those moments. The ending night scene does tug at my heartstrings though.


What do you like to do when not writing?

When not writing, I enjoy spending time outdoors, exploring nature, and riding my motorcycle with my wife, Holly, and even Cy. He has a special pack that he rides in strapped to my chest. Cy gets a lot of attention with his cute little ears flopping in the wind. It’s hard to look cool on a Harley with a little dog strapped to your chest so I don’t try. It’s about joy. I also love listening to and playing music on various instruments, even though I haven't mastered any of them.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

Readers can find out more about 'King Cybee The Baba Cheech' and my other works on the official website of Baba Cheeech Press,, as well as on various online book retailers. They can also follow me on social media platforms like Facebook,, for updates, events, and additional content related to my books.


What message or lesson do you hope readers take away from 'King Cybee The Baba Cheech'?

The book carries a message of friendship, kindness, and the importance of teamwork. I hope readers are inspired to appreciate the magic in everyday life, foster strong relationships, and have the courage to embark on their own adventures.


How did you approach the process of writing and illustrating the book?

The writing process involved tapping into my own childhood experiences and my overactive imagination. I wanted the story to be engaging and relatable, with vivid illustrations that capture the essence of the characters and the enchanting backyard kingdom. I lack drawing skills, so I had to find a good illustrator. It was a long search for the right illustrator, but I finally found Barry Davian. Barry is the perfect match for my books. He brings the stories to life with his fantastic illustrations. He gets me more than that; we make a great team. Barry is a very talented illustrator.


Are there any plans for future books or sequels featuring King Cybee and his adventures?

Yes! I am currently working on a sequel to 'King Cybee The Baba Cheech that will delve further into the magical world of the backyard kingdom. There will be new adventures, exciting challenges, and more endearing characters for readers to discover.


How do you think 'King Cybee The Baba Cheech' stands out among other children's books?

'King Cybee The Baba Cheech' stands out with its unique blend of imagination, adventure, and the heartwarming bond between a family and their darling pet. The book offers a charming and relatable story that captivates young readers and sparks their creativity.


What advice do you have for aspiring children's book authors?

I’m still so new to this that I should be more on the receiving end of any good advice. My advice though would be to embrace your own creativity and unique weirdness. Tap into the magic of childhood. Write from the heart, connect with your audience, and don't be afraid to let your imagination soar. Surround yourself with inspiration and never give up on your dreams of sharing stories that will touch the hearts of young readers. The world needs more love so express it any way you can.