Saturday, June 13, 2009

Interview: William Bentrim author of I Like to Whine

Today William Bentrim, author of the children's book I Like to Whine, is joining us for an interview!

Beth: Hi! Welcome to Beth's Book Review Blog! It's great to have you here today! Thank you for taking the time to join us and answer some questions.

Congratulations on the second edition of your children's book, I Like to Whine, being published! Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Bill: The book is a series of scenarios of animals whining and the wise old owl gently chiding them and making suggestions as to why whining is inappropriate. I used animals since I appear to be genetically incapable of drawing a human that doesn't look like an animal.

Beth: How did you get the idea for I Like to Whine?

Bill: My sister has 12 grandchildren and I have four. I have been making books for both her grandchildren and my own for many years. We got chatting about some of the annoying aspects of children and whining topped both our lists. She suggested I write a book on whining and since it was so annoying perhaps people would buy it. I wrote one for the grandkids and it was well received so I decided to get it published.

Beth: I love the wise owl character. How did you decide to use an owl as the teacher?

Bill: The owl's wisdom is somewhat stereotypical but I used it primarily because I could draw it. Years ago I was a guidance counselor at a high school whose mascot was an owl. I drew a lot of owls, made a lot of owl posters and became comfortable drawing an owl.

Beth: Are you working on any new books?

Bill: I am currently working on Kids Stress Too which is three short stories on stressful situations for children. It will have accompanying tips and resources for dealing with the children and their stress.

Beth: Do you have any special writing routines? Do you always write in the same place at the same time of day?

Bill: I write everyday, usually first thing in the day and later at night. I hate my laptop keyboard so I do 99%of my writing at my computer desk.

Beth: I'm always curious about what other people are reading. What are you reading now?

Bill: I am reading The Lion of Farside by John Dalmas, The Vendetta Defense by Lisa Scottoline, Drawings in the Dust by Zoe Klein, and The Treasured One by David & Leigh Eddington.

Beth: And finally, do you have a favorite book of all time?

Bill: Wow, that is tough, first thing that came to mind was Heinlein's Glory Road and Stranger in a Strange Land, but The Hobbit by Tolkien is up there too.

Beth: I think everyone loves The Hobbit! I don't think you can read it and not love it!

Thank you so much to Bill for joining us today! If you'd like to pick up a copy of his book I Like to Whine, click the cover image below.


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