Interview with children’s author Rene Cournoyer

Children’s author Rene Cournoyer joins me today and we’re
chatting about
The Fantastic Adventures
of Sticky
.
Welcome, Rene. Please tell us a little bit about
yourself.
I
am blessed to have two wonderful children and five beautiful grandchildren.
They have kept me young at heart.
Writing
a book has been a lifelong dream. Science fiction and fantasy are what I love
to read and wanted to write about. However, I could never get the book out of
my head and onto paper. My grandchildren
have always told me I’m a big kid at heart and suggested I write a children’s
book. It resonated at once, the children’s genre is where my book belonged. The
next day I started typing and never stopped. As
a result,
Sticky was born and grows in time.
You’re all invited to come take this journey with
Sticky and his friends.
What do you enjoy most about writing short stories?
Each of my characters are
a part of me and I feel like I am living the adventure with them. If there’s
comedy, suspense or even pain from injury, I feel it all when I write. Even
though my characters are a part of me. I feel a stronger connection with each
one of them. I find writing to be very therapeutic. When I find myself laughing
out loud while writing, I know something is going right, because it feels so
right.
Can you give us a little insight into a few of your
short stories – perhaps some of your favorites?
This is my first book. I
do have more planned after this 4-book series. I have another 3-book series
that continues where this one leaves off. There’s an ongoing story built into
all the adventures that happen throughout the series. Sticky has a way of
finding trouble and trouble almost always finds him. He can go from total klutz
to hero of the day.
One of my favorites is
when Sticky cracked the Liberty Bell with his head and another is when he saved
a little girl from a fire in the barn. Klutz to hero, that’s my Sticky.
What genre are you inspired to write in the most?
Why?
Children’s fiction. There
is not a doubt in my mind that I belong in this Genre. I am a kid at heart and
I have so much fun creating adventures, suspense and comedy.
Because my book has Sticky
going from the fantasy world and into the real world in Philadelphia – 1776. I
get to teach kids some of our history and they can have fun while they learn
it. To be honest, I learned a few things myself. I have Sticky reliving the
events and then I put footnotes that teach the real history. The second series,
‘Sticky and the Magical Portals’ is a trip to Boston in 1777. They make a trip
from Springfield to Boston and have many adventures along the way.
What exciting story are you working on next?
I have 10 other books in
their 1st stage of writing. They are all adding to Sticky’s adventures
for Sticky. These 10 books create 3 more series You get to read about how these
characters grow in many ways. There are also many life lessons for the kids as
Sticky does a good deed and is commended for it. He is also told when he is
doing something wrong and is corrected by Robyn, the leader of the group.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I have always wanted to
write a Science Fiction novel like Enders Game or Lord of the Rings. I wanted
to create different worlds and have continuing stories about them. I always
wanted a continuing series. I have that kind of imagination.
The problem was getting the
book out of my head. I started many novels and stopped after a few chapters. It
just didn’t click. Back in 2011, I was sharing this story with my grandkids. They
suggested that I write a children’s book. Because I am a kid at heart, I should
be writing for kids. That was all I needed to hear. It hit me like a brick.
The next day when I was
driving to work, I had to pull over and take notes. A massive volume got
downloaded into my head. The ideas were floating around in my head and needed
to come out. And come out they did. I typed for months, morning, noon and
night. When it stopped and I went back to see what I wrote. I couldn’t believe
it. Hundreds of pages, mostly in 1 paragraph. I had my work cut out for me. So,
I divided and conquered the manuscript. I knew nothing of how to properly
format a children’s’ book. I had so much to learn. It was overwhelming and
thoroughly exciting at the same time. I loved the whole journey and continue to
love it today.
How do you research markets for your work, perhaps as
some advice for writers?
Google is everyone’s best
friend, no matter what you’re doing. I go from one writers site to another. I
don’t leave a site until I have learned something new. When you write, you must
keep reading. It’s probably your best teacher. I read books at home and listen
to audio tapes when I’m driving. I don’t listen to music or news stations on
the radio. It’s all about the books.
Believe it or not, writing
your book is the easy part. It gets difficult after that. There is so much to
learn. Never give up your dream.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I would have to say that
the character flaws of my characters, are my own. They are truly a part of me.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an
astronaut. Soaring to the stars on an endless adventure. I do get to enjoy the
endless adventure. It’s here on earth and not in the stars. However, you never
know what the future may bring for Sticky. Anything is possible with this crazy
little elf.
Anything additional you want to share with the
readers?
I have found that my books
are good for all ages. I read them weekly to my grandchildren when they
couldn’t read. They couldn’t wait for the next part of the ongoing story. My
brother and sister read them and loved every bit of them. My father, who is 90,
read the series. When he finished, he came up to me and hugged me. He thanked
me for letting him feel young again for a brief moment in time.



Thanks for being here today, Rene.

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