The Next Big Thing: A Global Book Tour

The wonderfully talented Eliza Wheeler asked me the other day if I wanted to participate in a Global Book Tour. She told me it was something being passed around amongst authors and/or illustrators to promote upcoming books.

I figured with 123 versus ABC coming out in a couple months that would be an excellent idea. That and my blog's been painfully patient this year. SO here it goes:

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1) What is the working title of your next book?
123 versus ABC is the title of my book which will be out June 25th from HarperCollins.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea came to me after a discussion about adding a "learning how to count" section at the end of an ABC educational book I had just organized for a charity. I didn't think it was a good idea for a number of reasons, one being that there were two themes to the book then and they would compete.

Almost as soon as I thought it, I had the idea for a book where these two main themes argue as to who the book is really about. About 1 hour later I had written my first draft.

3) What genre does your book fall under?
Picturebook

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a
movie rendition?
Colin Firth would make a pretty good Number 1 - as he can be quite funny while being proper and orderly - as numbers are. Letter A would have to be someone who is very comfortable with who they are and a bit proud of it too - maybe Seth Rogan.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
After they both show up on the same page, letters and numbers both argue as to who the book is or should be really about.

6) Who is publishing your book?
The amazing folks at HarperCollins

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Well, it's definitely not the normal way it happens for me. But as I said in #2, the first draft probably took me less than an hour. It happened so fast I had to google the idea to make sure I wasn't just remembering it from somewhere else.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I suppose you could compare to other books such as Melanie Watt's Chester book series for story style, as the characters interact directly with the readers and viewers in a funny sort of way.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Besides what I've already said before in 2), I suppose the Bills, as I call them, are a constant inspiration. Bill Watterson and Bill Peet have had a huge impression on me wanting to tell stories (and funny/strange ones at that) as long as I can remember.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
 Learning numbers and letters is the obvious, but perhaps THIS will do some pique'ing for readers:

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I would like to thank Eliza Wheeler again for inviting me to participate on this global blog book tour. If you have half a sec, go check out her work and especially her newest book: Miss. Maple's Seeds.

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Now I will tag the talented Renée Kurilla who has illustrated a new graphic novel called SPF 40 that will soon be coming out here:


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And of course I have to also tag my good friend James Burks who illustrated the upcoming MONSTORE which looks amazing.

Look to both of these blogs NEXT WEEK as this Global Blog Tour continues!

Thanks,
-Mike