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Interview with Joe Scott, author of 'The Friend Ship Friendesha'

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Joe Scott is a contractor and real estate developer who built a thriving enterprise from a truck and a toolbox. He has negotiated thousands of business deals involving corporate executives, homeowners, bankers, laborers, and union officials. In addition, he has hired, and been hired by, individuals from every walk of life. Through these dealings, Joe has learned that all people fall into three types - givers, takers, and those who both give and take. Knowing how to recognize and cope with all three types is the key to his success. In this children's series, he hopes to instill in kids a good foundation for a happy and positive life. His first book, "The Joe Dial", released in 2011, is age appropriate for those who are 12 to 95 years old. The Friend Ship Friendesha series is based on the adult book, "The Joe Dial."

This interview is part of a 15-day virtual tour sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center, a showcase for children's book authors and illustrators.

Q: Congratulations on the release of your book, The Friend Ship Friendesha. What was your inspiration for it?

A: I took my inspiration from helping my children and grandchildren to build a good foundation for a happy and positive life. I wanted to promote anti-bullying, and to have them think positively, and see how they can effect others around them with good, positive vibes.

Q: When did your passion for children’s books begin? Did you have a favorite book when you were a child?

A: I began writing the Friend Ship Friendesha series 4 years ago.

Q: Did you take any workshops or courses before you started writing?

A: No, I like to just relax at the end of the day, and let my mind write.

Q: How was your creative process like during the writing of this book and how long did it take you to complete it? Did you face any difficulties along the way?

A: I need total concentration and to be alone when I write. I found you need to put the time in, after all the family time is over, probably a couple of hours at the end of the day.

Q: What do you find most challenging about writing for children?

A: I wanted the books to be simple, short, and to the point. It has to make sense, and easy to understand the message.

Q: What is your writing schedule like and how do you balance it with your other work and family time?

A: I find after all the family time is done for the day, is the best time I can sit alone and write.

Q: Tell us about your publisher and how you found it.

A: I self published through Hillcrest Media, Inc. My co-writer offered many helpful suggestions with the process.

Q: What was it like working with an illustrator and how much control did you have over the artwork?

A: All the characters of the Friendeshans are based on members of my family, so I had a great amount of input as to their features and characteristics. They are all near and dear to my heart, and my illustrator was great at listening to what I wanted and making them come to life on the pages.

Q: Do you think that becoming an author entails sacrifices?

A: I think it does, both your sacrifices and those of your family. You need their support, and you need to be disciplined enough to make it happen.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring children’s writers? Do you know of any helpful resources you’d like to share?

A: Make your book short, simple, and to the point. Allow the children's characters solve their own problems, and make sure the message is easy to understand.

Q: What’s on the horizon for you?

A: Book 1 and 2 are complete, book 3 is being illustrated now, and books 4 and 5 are in queue. I hope this series will continue for many years, developing each of the characters.

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