Today I’d like to welcome author and illustrator Brian Isham to my blog! Brian is the author of “I Must, But first! The Ballad of a Lollygagging Squirrel Named Gus”, a really cute picture book about a squirrel that is a bit too much like myself…easily distracted 🙂
Gus know’s that winter’s on its way, but he spends his days having fun instead of working to get ready! That gets him into trouble when the first snow finally arrives!
I loved the message behind Gus’ story and think that kids, and actually adults too, can relate easily to Lollygagging Squirrel Gus. The story will either make you evaluate you own procrastination tendencies or you’ll laugh at Gus’ antics…or maybe both!
And because I like to learn more about an author than just hearing about his latest book, here’s a Q&A with Brian:
Please recommend a children’s book for me to read:
Brian: The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack, illustrated by Kurt Wiese. My grandmother read this to me as a boy and I loved the illustrations, in spite of the fact that Ping gets spanked repeatedly & almost eaten on one occasion.
What is your favorite dessert?
Brian: Strawberry cheesecake
If you were an animal, what would you be?
Brian: Tie: blackfooted ferret/duckbilled platypus
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Brian: Where do I see myself in ten years? Well, I’m incredibly new to publishing (first time!). But hopefully, ideally I think it would be great to simply have a steady output of stories that children and adults can enjoy, like the ones I did as a child. There’s a feeling that you get when reading a well-told story, especially with just the right images. I honestly get chills thinking about that, a story or picture book that never gets too old to look over, that always brings a smile a story worthy of sharing or passing down. My hope is to have developed a broad library of stories that capture my readers in the same way.
Are you a plotter or a pantster?
Brian: Generally, I’m a plotter I think you should have a rough idea of Point A and Point B, where the character’s going, how he/she is going to change, & why their conflict is worthy of a story in the first place. I’ve learned to hold those ideas kind of loose, as characters tend to develop their own lives & run amok with your plans anyway! Often that’s the fun part.
What are you working on now?
Brian: I have two more adventures in mind for Gus the Squirrel. The second is in production now & helps sort of expand his universe for the reader as he gets into a silly predicament over dinner. I hope for a release in February or March. The third should be out by midsummer. Gus gets a summer job, things get crazy, that’s all I’m saying.
Right now, you can get “I Must, But first! The Ballad of a Lollygagging Squirrel Named Gus” as a Kindle Countdown Deal on Amazon. From January 26 to February 2, for 99 cents! You can also read for free with Kindle Unlimited. Print edition is out NOW!