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Andrea Coventry

Reviewer Andrea Coventry: Andrea is a Montessori child - turned educator.  An avid reader and writer, she is published on several websites. Click Here to find a listing of Andrea's sites where you can find many of her writing contributions.



 
By Andrea Coventry
Published on October 13, 2009
 


Andrea Coventry of Bookpleasures.com interviews David Michael Slater




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Today, Andrea Coventry, one of Bookpleasures' reviewers interviews David Michael Slater.


David  has penned numerous children’s books, a novel for adults, and is at work on a series for teens. I have been reviewing his titles for Bookpleasures. David was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule, including the launch of his newest titles, The Book of Knowledge, a teen fantasy novel, and a new children's wordless book, The Bored Book, to answer some questions about himself and his first book Cheese Louise.

Andrea:

How did you get involved in writing children's books?

David:

I started writing literary short stories for adults in graduate school. Got a few published in obscure magazines and journals that no one (including me) had ever heard of. It was thrilling! One of those stories wasn't quite working and it occurred to me that the idea behind it would work better in a picture book. So, I gave it a shot. That book was never published, but I enjoyed the writing so much, I tried again. My second attempt was Cheese Louise!, which became my first published book.

Andrea:

You write for children, teens, and adults. Which is your favorite genre?

David:

Actually, I don't think I have one. I'd like to keep plugging away at all three.

Andrea:

What is your background?

David:

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. College at the University of Michigan. Grad school at Carnegie Mellon, then at Lewis & Clark out here in Portland. I taught 7th grade Language Arts for about 14 years, but now teaching Writing to juniors at a local high school. My wife, Heidi, is a school librarian, and we have an 8 year-old son.

Andrea:

Where did you come up with the ideas for the story and characters in Cheese Louise!?

David:

I was talking with my wife one day about someone who was having some problems. Afterward, I meant to say, "Well, no one's perfect," but instead (for whatever reason) I said, "Well, everyone has holes." Then I said, "Some of us look like Swiss Cheese!" I immediately imagined a Swiss Cheese who thought of her holes as problems and sat down to write the story. 

Andrea:

How much did you contribute to the illustrations by Steve Cowden?

David:

Steve, who works for The Oregonian, was wonderfully inclusive during the process. He allowed me to see the work at all the key stages along the way and listened to my suggestions. I was very grateful!

Andrea:

Have you collaborated with him on any projects since Cheese Louise!? Would you like to do it again?

David:

I haven't, but I would love to. His work is fantastic.

Andrea:

Has this book altered your perception of the foods you eat? Do you envision them looking up at you expectantly as you open the refrigerator door, waiting to be Chosen?

David: Well...not really : )

Andrea:

This book has aspects that can appeal to both children and adults alike. What was your intended audience?

David:

Truth? The audience I think about chiefly when I write is me. I will say I am very gratified by adults who thank me for producing a picture book that doesn't drive them insane to read repeatedly. It's also fun reading it to different aged groups and seeing them reAndreat to different jokes.

Andrea:

What is your favorite part of the book?

David:

"I'm toast!" 

Andrea:

What message are you trying to convey with Cheese Louise!?

David:

My main intention is to entertain, but I think it's nice if a story can also convey something about life. On some level, it's a story about believing in oneself.

Andrea:

How would you like parents and teachers to use your book?

David:

Any way they like! I've seen it used to teAndreah puns and idioms, to discuss self-esteem, and just for story-time.

Andrea:

What are some of your other published works?

David:

I've published sixteen picture books. The latest is my first wordless book, THE BORED BOOK. My teen fantasy series, RED BOOKS, has its second volume out this month as well, THE BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE. My first novel for adults, SELFLESS, came out in April.

Andrea:

What advice do you have for young, aspiring writers?

David:

Don't take rejection too hard. Persistence is every bit as important as talent when it comes to getting published.

Andrea:

Where can readers get more information about you?

David:

My website is http://www.davidmichaelslater.com/. It has all kinds of info about me and my work.

Andrea:

How should fans contact you?

David:

Feel free to email me at david@davidmichaelslater.com

Andrea:

Thank you so much for your time!

David:

My pleasure. Thank you!

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