Gavin has recently self-published his first children's book - Superstar Kids. Studying Finance at University in Manchester and subsequently working in banking and technology for 15 years isn't the most traditional route for a budding children's book author, so we spoke to Gavin to find out more about him and his book.
What inspired you to write Superstar Kids?
Being married to my wonderful wife Nicole and having my incredible kids, Isabella & Brody, provided me with a new outlook on life, love and responsibility. This is where the true inspiration for the stories came from, combined with an idea I had for rhyming stories with important morals.
Why did you decide to base the book on life morales?
Experience of having young children constantly telling them 'don't do this', 'you must do that' etc got me thinking. The morals are relevant for all families with young children. The idea was for the stories to be fun and educational.
Why do you think it is important for children to enjoy reading?
Reading is such an integral part of a child's development and general education. Keeping children captivated with fun, interesting and relevant books is so important.
You are currently writing your second book? Can you give us any hints of what this book will be about?
'All New Superstar Kids' has been written in the same style as the first book. It will be the same format but with 5 super cool new characters, different morals and more stunning illustrations.
Do you have plans for any more books?
Yes I have a few more ideas and I may possibly look at writing something very different to Superstar Kids, so watch this space!
What challenges did you face whilst writing Superstar Kids and how did you overcome them?
Sometimes writers block set in. I found I could sense when things were not flowing early so I didn't waste any time and left it alone for a while and came back to it with a fresh head.
Writing books is very different to your day job as a financial technology city worker – what do you love most about being an author?
I really enjoy being a children's book author as it's a real escape from my busy life in the city. I love seeing children engaged and enjoying Superstar Kids it's really rewarding.
Who is your favourite children’s book author and why?
Roald Dahl. He had the ability to capture children's imagination with his identifiable style and unique story telling. Reading his books with my children brings back great memories of my childhood.
What is your favourite children’s book?
The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis.
If you could spend a day with one of the PrenderPals who would it be and why?
Gabriel the Giraffe. I love Giraffes and Gabriel would be fun to hang out with!
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