J. Torres an author from Ontario has taken apart in this weeks Children’s Book Week.
“I am here as part of TD Book Week, which is an annual event where they send authors, artists and story tellers across Canada to visit different communities. This year their are 30 touring and in total we will be going to 175 different communities across Canada and seeing about 25,000 different people and students mostly.”
Mr. Torres continued, “I was assigned Saskatchewan South, so I started out in Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Rouleau, Beinfait, and now I’m in Estevan for the rest of the day. So the theme this year is Bringing Books to Life. So I’m going to try and bring one of my books to life. Which is a new graphic novel “How to Spot a Sasquatch” one chapter I will read myself and another chapter I will have kids help me read it. That was my way to stick to the theme by bringing books to life. But also in a more literal sense I want to show kids how I write comics and graphic novels and go from that to the art stage and then to the finished product.”
And with 20 years of professional experience he is able to impart a lot. “In the past 5 years I’ve been concentrating on graphic novels for middle grade readers. I’ve discovered its my wheel house and really enjoy it.”
“We’re debuting it here on the tour, because it doesn’t come out for a couple weeks. People get kind of a sneak peek, and they can get it beforehand,” he shared.
“I enjoy meeting the people who read my books, or meeting potential new readers.”
“Kids are the best audience, and if they like it they will let you know. Whatever you have to share they want to hear, wanting to absorb all those things.” And jokingly admitting if they don’t like it they will also tell you.
You can get his new book for $17.95 retail and you can get them on Amazon as well as a few more places.