Donald Roberts Q&A
In celebration of Donald Roberts coming into the store this Saturday (4.21.18) from 2-4 PM, here's a Q&A about him and his book THE ADVENTURES OF SHUSTER: The Very Special Rooster!
There's also a special surprise at the end!
So, with that, let's get started!
Where did your inspiration come from to create Shuster the Rooster? What was the goal you had in mind with Shuster?
I had thought of writing a children's story and looked for a subject for some time. I wanted the book to be enjoyable, educational and inspirational.
Is there a particular event or person that inspired the love-able story?
My son told a tale about how his rooster was blinded due to contact with weeds in the yard. After hearing the story, my brother-in-law painted a picture of a blind rooster wearing glasses and carrying a cane. I still have that picture. There was also a tale about how the same rooster managed to ride undetected with my son to the store, and was caught wandering around the parking lot. So this provided some of the inspiration and material for the book.
What does a day in your life typically look like?
A typical day might find me doing yard work, fishing, getting together with family or participating in church activities. I have been married for 56 years to my wonderful wife..
How does your writing process start?
I write based on things I have experienced and then develop them into a story. I have written another book about things that happened to me as I was growing up. Once I complete my Shuster series, I hope to publish this book.
In the start to finish process of making Shuster the Rooster, what was the most fun part? What was the most difficult part?
As I worked on the book, many ideas just seemed to pop up. So many, in fact, that I had to write two other books about Shuster that have not yet been published. I guess the most fun part in writing the story was seeing the story develop on paper. The most difficult part was getting the story published.
Can I have a picture of the blind rooster wearing glasses and carrying a cane?
the original shuster