Sunday, 25 September 2011

Why Do You Write For Children? -- Kurt Chambers


As a children’s writer, I have been asked many times, why do you write for children? It’s a question that always pops up whenever my books are mentioned. I also had a discussion about this recently with a very dear friend of mine, children’s writer, Neha Garg. She asked me to answer the two age old questions…

1. Why do you write for children? (Is it just easier?)

2. If it isn't easy then how is it all that different from writing for adults? Aren't the skills transferable?

Here are my views on the subject.

1. There are lots of reasons why I write for children, I could talk about it all day. From a child's perspective, anything is possible. That is such a great resource for a writer to tap into. Anything! Imagine that. That alone is an inspiration for any author. When you sit down with young children and get into a conversation with them, it's the funniest thing in the world. Their perspective on life puts us adults to shame. You soon realise they have a craving for a world filled with magic and awe. As a writer, how could I not want to take advantage of that and create something that will be truly appreciated and believed?

Another aspect that really appeals to me is that my stories will hopefully stay with a child throughout their whole lifetime. All of us can remember our favourite childhood stories. We remember them with such fondness even through our adulthood. I can clearly remember being so excited and amazed as a youngster with some of my favourite stories with my imagination running wild. If my stories have the same effect on children as those stories had on me, I will be a very happy man.

Children are the most awesome creatures that ever walked this Earth. They are FUN! They laugh all the time. They see the world so differently from adults. Their innocence is their most endearing feature. That's what I love to write about. I try to capture this in my stories. When I'm writing, I laugh out loud. I gasp in wonder at the thought of things that would normally be impossible, become possible, just like I wanted them to be possible when I was a child. I even cry at the sad things that an adult would probably brush off as being silly, but a child would find distressing. Yes, I'm an emotional person and I'm proud of it. I want to be ten again! I want to live in a world of innocence again! When I write for children, I can.

I believe in Father Christmas and Tooth Fairies. Why, you may ask. Well, that is simple, because I was Father Christmas AND the Tooth Fairy for many years with my children. (See article, The Real Santa.) How dare any adult try and tell me I never existed! I will tell them they are insane. To be a children's writer, you have to believe anything is possible, because it is. I refuse to grow up and become a cynical, boring, judgemental adult. Writing for children to me means writing about all the best things in life that make life worth living. There is way too much horribleness in the world when you reach adulthood. Why would I want to write about that? I want to escape the real world in the same way as a reader does when they read a book. I want to escape to a world of innocence, fun, excitement and laughter.

Writing for children is simply awe inspiring. I could never see myself writing anything else.

2. This is quite a difficult question. Writing for children is actually harder than writing for an older audience. There are so many rules you have to apply to. For example, there are lots of words you can't use that you would normally use in every day life. Bear in mind you are writing a story from a child's perspective, so you effectively have to become that child in order for the story to sound realistic. You have to think and speak like that child. You have to see things as a child would, their humour, their emotions and every aspect of how they view whatever world they find themselves in. This isn't an easy task for lots of adults to do. Luckily for me, I have the mental age of a ten-year-old, so it's not that hard for me to get into that mindset.

When you write for kids, you also have to take into consideration morals. We raise our children with a strict set of morals in the hope they will become good people as they grow and develop. A children's author has a huge responsibility. We effectively engage on a close personal level with children throughout the world depending on how successful we are. It is our responsibility to promote the same set of morals that we would with our own children.

Another thing to bear in mind is, becoming a children's author is probably one of the hardest markets to break into. Believe me, I know, I have been trying for seven years. If anyone tells you writing for children is easy, they are wrong.

Please share with me the reasons why you write for children or young adult.

And please pay a visit to Neha’s awesome website, Scribble Desk, for some great articles, children’s stories, and may other things related to children’s writing. And don’t forget to leave a comment J


Truth Teller is now available from here:


You can connect with the author at:

Author’s Web page http://kurtchambers.net/

Truth Teller Reviews:

Dawne Dominique - Multi-published author and professional cover artist.
The Truth Teller is one of the best children's fantasy book I've read in a long while. Charlotte is so easy to picture in my mind, and the fantasy aspects are brilliant! There are underlying currents of "real life lessons" that are subtly included...ideal for parents looking for that perfect bedtime story to read to their children. I loved the entire premise of the novel and will definitely be purchasing the next ones in this series.
Kurt Chambers has captured the genre with a wonderful story that will delight many a child's (and adult's) imagination.

Annie McMahon - Editor, published author and Novel Workshop moderator.
This book has everything a bestseller should have: compelling story, endearing characters, vivid descriptions, genuine emotions, and a lot of surprising twists and turns. This is a story about a friendship that transcends race, gender, age, and even realms, between Charlotte, a ten-year-old girl, and Elderfield, a teenage elf. Beautiful and heartwarming. I strongly recommend it and have reviewed Kurt’s story on my blog, Dutch Hill News.

Ralene Burke – Writer, Editor for Wives in Bloom:
Honestly, I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to read these books. Kurt has written an amazing series that emphasizes such wonderful themes as friendship, family, hope, and faith. I’ve read Truth Teller and Wrath of Siren and, even though they are MG, enjoyed them immensely. If you’re looking for wholesome reads for your children, check out the next big thing for MG.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Helping Fellow Authors -- Anastasia V. Pergakis

As a proud member of the writing community, I have to say, it always amazes me just how awesome this community really is. People from all over the world who are willing to put themselves out to offer their help so that you can reach your goal in life. The are literally making your dreams come true. And what do they ask in return? Nothing! They are just glad to help a fellow writer. Nothing short of AMAZING! I have met so many people like this on my journey through the writing world, but one such person really springs to mind when I talk about this subject. A wonderful person, an amazing friend, and a lady who has always blown me away with her kindness and willingness to help anyone who needs her help. The wonderful fantasy author, Anastasia V. Pergakis.


Now Anastasia needs your help! I urge anyone out there who feels the same way about me about our wonderful writing community to come and help make Anastasia's dream come true. There is no one I know who is more deserving. Send her an email, visit her site. Get to know this great writer, she would truly appreciate your support in any way possible. Spread the word, tell your friends. You could even offer to post this on your own blog if you would be so generous. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you!










My debut novel, CLEANSE FIRE, is complete! All that’s left to do is publish it – and that’s where I need your help. The release date is set for December 21, 2011!

Before I tell you about the story itself, I want to share with you the original idea of where this story came from. My Dad served in the US Army for twenty years. As a writer, I had the urge to write a story about him, telling the world about his dedication to this country. When I began writing the book however, I realized that I could never do justice to him, or any soldier for that matter.

So, I resorted to my passion – fantasy. Now, while the story as it exists now is completely fictional, the characters and story line are all in dedication to my Dad and all soldiers who have served, are serving, and will serve in the military. It is my hope that, even though in fantasy form, the story of a soldier’s sacrifice and dedication to their country still shines through.

With all that in mind, when the book is published, a portion of the sales will be given to the Wounded Warrior Project.

And now, let me tell you about CLEANSE
FIRE, book one of the Kinir Elite Chronicles! Simply put, the Kinir Elite are like a special forces unit, such as Delta Force - but with elves! A few of my readers also told me they thought of the team like SWAT.

So imagine, the movies SWAT and The Lord of the Rings together!

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Complete the mission, no matter what…
Captain Derac Vidor has served Kinir for nearly twenty years. It’s his life, his blood, his soul. And then his Commander betrays everything Derac holds dear. Now he has to focus on his own life and his team instead of saving the citizens of Kinir.

Treason is only the beginning…
Fueled by rage, the team chases the source to their Commander’s betrayal – a powerful wizard bent on revenge. The wizard seeks to destroy the Kinir Elite, in both mind and body. No place is safe, even among their allies.

The past holds the key…
Derac’s tragic past may be the key to saving the team. But can he face the gruesome nightmare in time?

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As a proud Army Brat, this book, the donations that will come from it, is just my way to say thank you, to all soldiers who serve their country with bravery and dedication. I was lucky that my Dad was not killed from his service, and he still lives to this day. But there are so many that come home severely wounded, or even not at all. I want my book, even though it’s fantasy, to tell soldiers that their sacrifice means something, that we know how important it is, and that we are eternally grateful.

Your contribution gets me closer to my goal, to my dream of helping soldiers, thanking them, and caring for them. They took care of us and now we need to take care of them.

A giant thank you from the bottom of my heart.

To see a video with me explaining more about this project, please visit the project page on Kickstarter at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/avpergakis/cleanse-fire-the-kinir-elite-chronicles-novel

You can learn more about the book and the rest of the series at my website:http://kinirelite.com. The team does the blogging there! Also check out the facebook page,http://www.facebook.com/TheKinirElite

For more news and updates on my writing, you can find me on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/AVPergakis) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/AuthorAVPergakis)