Eric Litwin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of PETE THE CAT: I LOVE MY WHITE SHOES and three follow-up adventures. He is also the author of the new musical series THE NUTS. Eric performs all over the world and is a popular keynote speaker on interactive literacy. He is also cofounder of the Learning Groove. His website EricLitwin.com.
For what age audience do you write?
I am interested in beginning readers. However I try to write for children and adults at the same time.
Henry: A good book works for readers of all ages. Witness the timeless appeal of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE.
Tell us about your latest book.
My latest book is called THE NUTS, BEDTIME AT THE NUT HOUSE. It is a nutty, fun, musical bedtime story. And, yes there are disco moves.
Henry: It seems only fitting that there would be disco moves in a nut house.
What do you hope readers will get from reading that book?
I hope they get the message that they are loved unconditionally.
Henry: And that it’s OK to be a little nuts?
What aspect of writing do you find most challenging?
The most challenging aspect of writing is finding time to sit down and write. I carry and little note pad with me and write ideas and edits on the fly. I also edit and test my stories in front of a live audience.
Henry: I use a note pad too. But trying out stories on a live audience? You are brave!
What is a powerful lesson you’ve learned from being a writer?
I have learned that books are loved and cherished.
What has been a memorable experience that you never would have had if you had not been a writer?
People tell me stories about how my books where the first words their child spoke. Or that their child is a reluctant- or non-reader, but they can read my books cover to cover.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Write because you love to write.
Henry: Yes. Writing KidLit is not the path to fame and fortune.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I would be “Sarcastic Man” with the power to make people laugh and feel lighthearted.
Henry: Ha! I have in my wallet a “Withering Sarcasm” card from Dungeon’s & Dragons. You never know when a little sarcasm will come in handy.
Read the rest of this interview on Henry’s blog on KidLit, Fantasy, and Science Fiction.