frequently most asked questions by young readers

What were your favorite stories when you were growing up?

I loved to read comic books, Mickey Mouse, Prince Valiant and Tarzan.

Why do you write and illustrate children’s books?

It is my special way to use my creativity and at the same time spread a little sunshine, joy, and warmth through my work.

Where do you get your ideas from?

From everywhere. Things that happen in my life, stories, and ideas I hear, see, dream, and imagine. Anything can be an inspiration for a story – one just has to look deep enough.

What comes first, the story or the pictures?

For me it is usually the story that comes first.

How long does it take to make a book?

Every book is different. Sometimes it takes me a few months – but sometimes it can take me years before the book is “right”.

What is your favorite book that you’ve written and illustrated?

Always the one I’m working on. I need to give it all my love and attention to make it my best.

Where and when were you born?

On September 21 in Bremen, Germany

Where do you live?

In small town in Connecticut, called Weston.

What is your favorite color?

Yellow.

What is your favorite food?

Any vegetarian food that’s prepared with love.

Who is your favorite personality?

My wife Judy.

What is your favorite TV program?

Although I love my own TV characters, I don’t have time to watch TV.

What advice would you give to young writers and artists?

Let your writing and illustrating be a joyous process. If you don’t have fun with your story don’t expect others having it when they read it. Even a sad story gets better with a little bit of humor. (also read my article “So you want to become a children’s book author” (click here)