Q & A with Sam Jasper

Why did you decide to write your book?

I had this great idea running around in my head and it wouldn’t go away so I decided to write it down. Once I did that, I had more space in my head for other ideas: sort of like unplugging a drain. And I felt a whole lot better afterwards.

Who/what inspired you to write?

My mother! She was a great reader and encouraged me to write. Plus I had a great English teacher in Year 9 who was really cool: she gave me high marks! There are so many worlds out there to create by just writing about them. And of course, reading other writers was really inspiring: everybody writes so differently. Remember though, nobody can write like you!

What was the most rewarding part of the writing process?

It all starts with one little spark. Finding that spark in you and watching it grow from a small beginning into a huge middle and a medium-sized ending is awesome. Then to find other people like it too … wow!

What are your top tips for writing a book?

First, read everything! Stare into space a lot while you get your ideas together. Write down your thoughts to form an action plan: you don’t want the middle at the start, although you can have the end at the beginning as well as at the end! This does make sense, believe me.

Which books/authors have inspired you?

May Gibbs, Mary Grant Bruce, Enid Blyton, Jules Verne, Morris Gleitzman and Paul Jennings are all fantastic. I also love comics: lots and lots of comics and stories with illustrations. I did also read laundry washing powder boxes and breakfast cereal packets but they weren’t that inspiring! If there were words somewhere, I’d read them. Still do!

Why did you choose to self-publish with Palmer Higgs?

Because they understand what I’m talking about! Sometimes, it’s hard to get your point across: it makes sense in your head but not always easy to say. They have answers for my questions and are very helpful and patient.

What do you hope your readers get out of your book?

Really, to enjoy these characters, and be eager for more reading adventures.

Would you consider writing another book?

Absolutely! I already have several stories drafted in the Elephant Jam series, and another idea bubbling away to follow Puppy Pie. I love writing!

Do you have any other tips for new authors (ie. book launch, research, marketing etc.)?

Libraries can be a great place to research and launch a book. Even when you’re writing fiction, you may need to do some research so that your story line and facts join up. In Puppy Pie, I created something that doesn’t exist but had to make sure first that it really didn’t exist!

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