How important do you think villains are in a story?
I think villains are as important to the story as a hero. Often times I think it is a matter of perspective on who the villain is and who the hero is. The graphic novels that I am releasing next year explore this concept. Sometimes making the “wrong” choice for something you deem to be right can garner you the title of the “villain” if you fight for what you believe in.
Who is your publisher?
I decided to start my own publishing company and publish my own titles. I feel as though we are in a unique time in publishing history in which we have the ability to produce the stories you want, unfiltered whenever you see fit. I think the flood gates of publishing have been opened up and endless opportunities await those who act on it.
Can you tell us about your main character?
My main character name is Kenny. He is a young man 6 years old and full of all the limitless curiosity and naivety that usually accompanies someone that age. He wants to fly because he sees his favorite cartoon character can but he is greeted with opposition form almost everyone he meets. But he is very determined to make his dream a reality.
Why did you choose to write this particular book?
I chose to write this particular book because it was closely related to my own story. Being African American wanting to become a professional in the aviation industry was almost in heard of. Often times when I told people my career goals they either laughed or gave a doubtful look like “yeah right”. So I decided to write a book that hopefully children of all races could reference to show that if you believe and align yourself with people who can help you to bring your dream in to fruition you can accomplish anything that you want.
What was the hardest part about writing this book?
The hardest part about writing this book is thinking how parents would react to the character being African American. I know aviation is a subject that is not popular in the African American community and I wasn’t sure of non-African Americans would label the book as a “black” book that their kids couldn’t relate to. But this story transcends color and cultures and really centers itself on universal principles I think every child needs.
Kenny wants nothing more than to learn how to fly high in the sky like his favorite cartoon character. But with everyone discouraging him, and no one willing to teach him the fundamentals of flight, will Kenny’s dream ever get cleared for takeoff?
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Genre - Children’s Book, YA
Rating – G