Author Interview: Ken Baker

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Ken Baker
is the author of the picture books Old MacDonald had a Dragon, Cow Can’t Sleep, Brave Little Monster, and the upcoming How to Care for Your T-Rex (2018). His Kid Boss and Zooks and Me series of middle-grade short stories are published on Amazon Rapids. He also invests significant writing time on chapter books, MG and YA. When not writing, he loves playing sports and going on adventures with his family in the mountains, lakes and red rocks of Utah.

What writing advice do you have for someone trying to breakout in the market?
Write as much as you can. Read as much as you can. Learn as much you can. Go to conferences. Get involved in critique groups. Be willing to listen to the advice of others. Your writing and stories won’t get better if you won’t listen to the truth from experienced writers, editors, and agents who work in the industry

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? What was it about?
One of my earliest writings was a poem I wrote for my mom on either Mother’s day or her birthday. It makes me smile because the poem makes little sense at all, but I’m sure that’s just because it has some deep symbolic meaning that my adult mind can no longer grasp.

Who was your favorite author growing up?
When I was little it was Margret and H.A. Rey, the authors of Curious George. But to be honest I couldn’t read back then. I really just loved following George’s adventures through the pictures. When I was a teen J.R.R. Tolkien was my favorite author. The Hobbit and Lord of the Ring series hooked me on fantasy.

Who is your favorite author as an adult?
When I was little it was Margret and H.A. Rey, the authors of Curious George. But to be honest I couldn’t read back then. I really just loved following George’s adventures through the pictures. When I was a teen J.R.R. Tolkien was my favorite author. The Hobbit and Lord of the Ring series hooked me on fantasy.

When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
I love spending time with my family and going on adventures with them. We love to spend time in the outdoors, whether it’s hiking in the mountains, going boating on lakes, or traveling to warm climates with sunny beaches. I also enjoy reading and playing my guitar.

What are you working on now?
I have a new picture book called, HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR T-REX, that is planned to come out next year from Christy Ottaviano Books (Henry Holt imprint). I have some middle grade stories that I’m writing for the Amazon Rapids reading app. I’m also working on a YA fantasy and some chapter books and early reader stories.

Where can we find out more about you and your upcoming books
www.kenbakerbooks.com is the place to visit.

 

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