More About the Author
I write primarily picture books for kids age 3 to 8. Right Stuff Kids Books encourages excellence in values and behavior through reading.
My family was in the military. We moved every two years like clockwork. Sometimes my father's feet seemed to get so itchy that if we were posted to a location longer, he would just move across town. In any event I went to more schools than I care to count. Frankly, I went to more schools than I even remember.
The thing about constantly being uprooted is that there are side effects. For one, you never grow deep roots in friendships. Today I guess you might say it leads to 'intimacy problems'. In the eighties they called it 'alienation'. Yes, I was one of those. Dark and twisty, slightly mysterious- at least I would like to think of myself like that. Actually I was kind of like the deer in the headlights. Frozen stiff and afraid of getting hit by that car coming at me.
Two , you don't grow deep in your relationships with place. You always seem to be going to someplace rather than being from someplace. Might sound romantic but not being from a place has its own set of problems. You are an orphan of shared experience. You develop a personality that can blend in anywhere. But without the roots of place you don't belong anyplace.
I finally just adopted one. My grandfather lived in Georgia. I visited there almost every year. We had a old log cabin that five generations of my family had lived in. It became part of my makeup that gave me southern values, a tradition that stretched back in time and a place to which I could belong.
I got most of my values from my reading I guess. Superman was my favorite. Truth, Justice and the American Way. I still believe it today. That is why my books try to give kids a shot at looking at life through the lens of needing a strong core. You need to have values or character to be successful in life. Most of the things that I have found to be true are invisible- and much more important to life than the things we can buy and touch. You can't touch love, hope and courage but without them we are doomed to a miserable life.
I write kind of parables of a sort I suppose. My favorite story exists on two levels. it is the outside story and there is a deeper story about right or wrong, goodness, faith or courage and how those things affect how we see ourselves and our level of joy in life. Boat & Wind is about a conversation being a little boat and the wind about believing in things we can not see. Rainbow's Landing is about having the courage to follow your dreams. Henry Hump is about finding joy in the face of change.
I guess I write to kids because so much moving around probably stunted me a lot. I just seem to get along with kids better than most other age groups. On some levels I am still just a big old kid. I am starting to do some writing to older groups. Some of those will start being reflected in the blogs.
Several people have told me "I find myself entertaining". I do joke around a good bit and laugh a lot at the dumb things I do. I never try to make fun of somebody else intentionally, but we have to be able to laugh at ourselves! We all do a lot of really stupid stuff!
The other comment friends frequently say about me is "he just ain't right." If you are a child of the south you know what that means. if you are not, I may not be able to ever explain it.
My books? All children's stories but like the old commercial says "Mikey likes them!" Good for you. Good for kids!