I would like to welcome award winning children’s author, Andrew Fairchild. Andrew has three children’s books published. Bali and Blu: Friends of a Different Color, a heart-warming story that encourages children that is okay to be friends with others different than yourself. The two-time award-winning book, Rose and Her Amazing Nose, which is an extremely funny book from the story to the illustrations that encourages children to embrace themselves no matter how different they may be. His latest book, Have You Seen My Egg? is an endearing story about a rooster who wakes from a dream and believes he has an egg to take care of. It is a delightful story of strength, fortitude and reward.
Thank you for being here Andrew. Can you tell us what inspired your newest book, Have You Seen My Egg?
I would first like to say thank you for letting me be your guest on your wonderful blog.
Have You Seen My Egg? is a story that was inspired by my experience volunteering at Texas Children’s Hospital. Being a volunteer, you see many things which are heartbreaking. One of the things that struck the most, was children who were sick and abandoned by their family. I just wanted to scoop them up and take them home. My heart broke every time. So, I decided to write a story about a rooster who had this urge to nurture and wanted an egg of his own to love. Many believed he was crazy, especially the hens. He does run into other farm friends who do try to help him.
Did you always want to be a children’s author?
Not in a million years. When I graduated from school, my plan was to go to Miami and study fashion. I just had such a difficult time with reading and math in school that I was placed in a classroom for children with learning disabilities for the first six years. No one ever told me why, I just knew I had to be there or I would be stupid. Of course, I got teased for it. It also kind of turned me off from reading and writing because of that negative stigma attached to it and all the teasing I endured.
Do you have any children of your own?
Unfortunately, I do not. Do I want them? YES!
What would be an important lesson(s) that you would want to teach your children or any child for that matter?
To embrace anyone that is different than yourself. Take the time to listen to them, get to truly know them and love them. Just because someone looks different than you, laughs different than you or likes to do things that you don’t doesn’t make them any less of a person.
How was your childhood growing up?
Ah, the million-dollar question. It was very difficult. I grew up in a very poor family of six. My dad was an alcoholic, he spent a lot of his check on alcohol and that left very little money for food or clothes. Many times, I remember going through bags of clothes that were given to us, hoping that I would find something I could wear. I was sexually abused by friends of the family and family members. Having to go to school and be teased and bullied, made it much more difficult. It was VERY difficult.
What do you hope to achieve by writing children’s books?
I don’t think it is about me achieving anything, it is more about what can I teach! Tolerance, acceptance, equality, love, etc.
You are also a self-published author, I understand.
Yes, that is correct. I have my own publishing company called 4Kidz Publishing. I started out by publishing only my own work; however, I have just recently started helping other authors get published. I don’t think I would ever want to have more than just a handful clients, it takes away from the personal one on one interaction.
Have you ever thought about getting traditionally published?
Absolutely, what author would not like to get picked up. It is something that I am working on. While querying agents, I will continue to self-publish.
What projects are you currently working on?
Well, I just finished two manuscripts. A Garden for Emery and Makayla’s Brand-New Day. I am still working and revising a few; Princess Pippa and Her Magic Box, La Petit Pierre Extraordinaire and Bonsai.
I have also been working on a MG chapter book titled, The Bookkeepers: And the Garden of Forgotten Archives, which I am hoping to release the end of next year.
Where can readers find out more about you and book signing events?
Where can readers purchase your books?