Featured Author: William Sawyers
Children’s book author, William Sawyers, is Bookrix’s Featured Author today.
My name is William Sawyers and I’ve been a children’s author for three years and a school custodian for 21 years at an elementary school.
My book on Bookrix is called The What Am I? Bugs
Here’s the link: http://www.bookrix.com/-william2233
What is my writing method?
This is a very easy question. I just come up with an idea and start writing about it. Fiction and non-fiction, and every once in a while, poetry.
Some of my stories came from personal experiences.
Like Hummer the Humming Bird, and The Bat . I wrote The Nest that could fly from watching Mother Nature and from helping baby birds fall from the nest and I would put them back up.
The what am I? book started from my writing poetry and then it branched out to riddles.
I wrote Bills P.R.I.D.E (Public Relations In Dare Education) to help children aged nine and older to never try tobacco. I wanted them to read about the mistakes I had made in my life so they would never start smoking.
If I could keep at least 1,000 kids from smoking, then I’ve made my goal with this book. The book has not been published yet, it’s being tested on my blog site to get input from others.
I’ve been writing poetry for 25 years and children stories for over thirteen years. I’ve been published for three years.
How do I maintain a full time job and keep up the writing?
First of all, I spend four to six hours nightly on the computer to keep up on about 27 networking sites trying to get out my name out in our society. I’m able to go to story-telling events or book signings by using my vacation time when needed.
Do I have special places that I use to write?
I think of a story and take notes to finish it later.
Do I need any special quirks when writing?
It helps to be without my two children and with the TV off.
What inspires me to write?
This is very easy. Thirteen years ago, I wrote a few riddles and tested them in a kindergarten room of 20 children. They laughed and giggled. I write to help children to want to read and to giggle and be happy while doing it. It makes me feel great and proud.
Do I want to make a living from my skills or just have it as a hobby?
It started as a hobby. Now it seems it might be possible to even be a part time job.
Do you have a lesson in your stories? Do you have a philosophical or moral mission you are showing in your work?
Some stories like, the What am I? book are to see what children have learned at school, from watching TV, and from their parents. Other stories like Bills Pride, and Rockets over California are to teach about different things.
What advice do you have for other authors?
I’ll tell them to never give up. I did for two years then started back up. Reasons? For those who look up my name on search engines will figure it out later. I won’t mention why right now.
So I’ve been very lucky as of today. Why? For a few reasons:
1) I built my first web site through Comcast cable and after three years had 95,000 visitors. Then, Comcast did an up grade and messed up my site. Since this happened I bought my own domain www.williamsawyers.com. This site has a lot of free stories and poetry for the ages of five on up and it is best viewed by using Firefox browser.
2) I was on CNN in 2005, and on Global talk radio, Blog Talk Radio in Texas, Florida, and Delaware and in a week or so, I will be on a show in Arizona.
3) As of now, I’m practicing my reading skills to children before my next book. I’m trying to get into libraries and such. My first event is at Clayton Book Store July 7th at 10:30am.
4) My Motto? “Daring to make a difference in today’s youth-one page at a time.”
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