I’m happy to share my interview with author Bryan Patrick Avery on a weekend when we celebrate Juneteenth, now our latest National holiday, and Father’s Day. I had chills watching Vice President Kamala Harris speaking and President Joe Biden signing the law this week. When you read Bryan’s words in our interview, you’ll see why we planned our interview for this weekend. Bryan is the author of THE FREEMAN FIELD PHOTOGRAPH, illustrated by Jerome White.
Bryan is generously offering a signed copy of THE FREEMAN FIELD PHOTOGRAPH to one lucky winner (US only.) Comment on the blogpost to be entered.
What were you like at the age of your target audience?
I was pretty shy and quiet. I loved to read so I read a lot. I also had a very active imagination. I would create characters and make up stories and adventures for them. One of my favorites was a character called Action Man. He was a superhero but also just a regular, goofy guy. My active imagination sometimes got me into trouble but also helped me become the storyteller I am today.
What inspires you?
My wife and my daughter. They are both incredibly talented and courageous. I’m in awe of them. In a way, everything I do, I do to impress them.
What’s the one thing you hope readers take away from your book?
I sign most of the copies of THE FREEMAN FIELD PHOTOGRAPH with these words: “Something small can make a big difference”. I really believe that. It can be tempting to see something wrong and shrug and say, “What can I do?” I think that it’s can be particularly hard for kids to feel like they can make a difference. The reality is that they can. I hope my book sparks the desire to make a difference in the world in some way.
What’s next for you?
This will be a busy summer. In addition to publicity for THE FREEMAN FIELD PHOTOGRAPH, I’ll be doing events for the paperback edition of SUPER PUZZLETASTIC MYSTERIES, a short story anthology edited by Chris Grabenstein. The hard cover is available now. The paper will be out at that end of July. In early August, the first four books of my early chapter book series, MR. GRIZLEY’S CLASS, will be released by Picture Window Books. It features a diverse class of creative and caring students who work together to solve problems. I can’t wait to for the world to meet them!
To connect with Bryan and learn more about his books:
Twitter: @bryanavery. Instagram: @bryanpatrickavery