Interview with children’s author J.R. Becker

Children’s
author J.R. Becker is here today to talk about his newest book, one with a focus on science, called, Annabelle & Aiden: Worlds Within Us.
During his
virtual book tour, J.R. will be awarding 2
personally-signed Annabelle & Aiden books, along with 3 limited-edition
Annabelle & Aiden bookmarks (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn winne
r. To
be entered to win, use the form below.
To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit
his other tour stops
and enter there, too!

Bio:
AUTHOR: J. R.
holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a Juris Doctorate from Emory University School
of Law. When he’s not practicing entertainment law, playing drums, or enjoying
the great outdoors, Joseph enjoys all the science and philosophy books and
podcasts he can, pondering the bigger questions and dreaming up ideas for
future children stories. (Got any? Send them in!)
After
publishing his first (philosophical, dystopian) novel, The Spider & the Ant, and later becoming a father, Joseph was
inspired to found the Annabelle & Aiden series to foster curiosity and
scientific awareness in the next generation.
Joseph
lives in New Jersey with his wife Leah, and two children, Annabelle &
Aiden.
ILLUSTRATOR: Max
lives in a small town just outside Venice, Italy. As an illustrator, she is proficient
with multiple mediums (from physical to digital) and can draw in multiple
styles, as seen in her portfolio below. Max is especially fond of cats, Game of
Thrones, and Lindsey Stirling. After wandering the cosmos in search of the
perfect illustrator, we’re lucky to have found her, just on the other side of
our blue planet. Check out Max’s site HERE.
See Max at work on her YouTube page HERE.

Welcome, Joseph. Please share a little
bit about your current release.

This
gorgeously-illustrated book takes children on an adventure through the earliest
stages of our universe. “How did our universe form?” Annabelle wonders to
Aiden. Luckily, the friendly Tardigrade Tom answers by taking the children on
their biggest adventure yet! Soaring through space and time, they marvel at the
big bang, and learn how each and every one of us is literally made of the same
stardust. This book empowers children, who learn how we each hold a part of the
universe inside us, and are far more special, interconnected, and ‘larger’ than
we may think.

What inspired you to write this book?

My inspiration
for this book, and in fact, the entire Annabelle & Aiden series, is to show
children that our actual reality can be just as exciting as fiction, or more,
and can help us change the world.

Excerpt from Annabelle & Aiden: Worlds Within Us:

Did you know you hold the
strength of hydrogen bombs?
Or that there’s parts of different stars
in each of your palms?
We’re made of pieces that
used to be part
Of dinosaurs, Shakespeare, and Amelia
Earhart.
So when you feel small, that you don’t
matter much,
Know stars are inside you, whole worlds
you can touch.





What exciting story are you working on
next?
I hope to write
the very first children’s book that explores death from a scientific and
humanist standpoint.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

I very much
took to writing in high school. I’m in love with the written word.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

Nope. I’m a
civil rights attorney, and work with inmates at Riker’s Island. I write at
night, and wish I had more time.



What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I need just the
right music to write to. That may involve anything from Radiohead to Sigur Ros
to Beethoven, depending on the night.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

An architect.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

Annabelle & Aiden is a children’s book series dedicated to inspiring
a new generation of scientists, thinkers, and all-around adventurers. Our books
are tailored to foster curiosity, wonder, critical thinking skills, and
inspiration on the line where science and philosophy meet.


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