Today we're excited to share an interview with Erik Daniel Shein, author of Thunder: An Elephant's Journey as part of the YABC Scavenger Hunt! Read on for more about Erik and his novel!
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Meet Erik Daniel Shein!
Erik Daniel Shein has authored and co-authored over 30 nonfiction and fiction books which include The Forgotten Ornament and Aurora: Spirit Bear of the North and the new Thunder series. He’s also been a filmmaker for many years, receiving the Telly Award in the Animation Category of a Non-Broadcast Show and the Communicator Awardfor The Reptile Chronicles. He has twice received the Kirkus Independent Author of the Month award.
Meet Thunder: An Elephant's Journey!
A young African pygmy elephant must confront his fears to fulfill a dream and become a legend...
Thunder, a young pygmy forest elephant, sets out on a journey to find his mother after he escapes capture from poachers. With danger at every turn in the central African jungle, he must face his fears to survive. With the help of some unlikely friends: Soma, a cranky rhino; Frederick, a nutty pink flamingo; Penelope, a chatty parrot; three kooky egrets; and Jennetta Blue, a blue butterfly; they help him with his dream to look for her and fulfill his quest to be united with his herd.
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I saw a documentary on animal planet about elephant and rhino poaching, and the emotions the animals showed after losing their babies made me want to do something about it. I hope the story of Thunder can help all children understand about animal poahing.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Thunder and Frederick
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
In my book creation process, the title always comes first.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Write what you are passionate about! And animals are my passion.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I believe my books and these covers show the reader to believe in themselves, no matter the odds.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017?
Rocket Hound, a Race for Freedom
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I am working on a new story medium animation CGI virtual reality to bring Thunder to life in the school classroom, and one day to the big screen!
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
In Book 2, when Thunder loses his mother...you will need a box of tissues for that one!
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Frederick the flamingo, he is an odd but lovable bird .
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
completing the book LOL
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I am a visionary!
Thunder: An Elephant's Journey
By: Erik Daniel Shein
Release Date: March 7th, 2017
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
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