Looking for a fun book for Father’s Day? Be sure to check out Daddy Sat on a Duck. It just may be the book the dad in your life may totally dig. I’m pretty excited to be interviewing Daddy Sat on a Duck author Scott M. Cohn.
- Can you tell us a little bit about Daddy Sat on a Duck?
Daddy Sat On A Duck is about a little girl who thinks she’s living in a house full of wild, hairy, noisy, stinky animals only to realize that it’s actually just her Daddy! It’s about how silly grown-ups can be without even knowing it, and how that can make life exciting and fun! (2)
- What is your favorite thing about being an author?
Being able to say “Hey, look at me! I’m an author!” and not be lying. (1)
- What’s the hardest thing about being an author?
Knowing when to put down your pencil and say, “That’s good enough.” It’s easy to go back over what you’ve done a million times and find a different way of saying something, but at a certain point you lose that little nugget of truth that inspired it in the first place. Certainly you want to proof your work and rewrite if there’s a better, more direct way of making your point, but after a while you’re just shuffling around the same car parts and trying to build an airplane. (3)
- If you could spend one day inside the world of any book which book would you pick?
I think I’d have to say Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. Yes, that. I know things get out of hand in that book – stinky cheese, broccoli, etc. But as a gourmand, it has always been a dream of mine to live in a world of giant food. (4)
- What advice do you have for the young writers in my classroom?
Get good at talking, then write how you talk. Don’t try to “write.” Read many books of all types, not just literature, but biographies, DIY books, obscure histories, technical manuals – they will fuel your writing in ways you will thank them for later. Listen to the voice in your head so long as it stays positive and nurturing. Take your own criticism with a large grain of salt or you’ll never get anything done. (5)