By Samantha Bradley | Photo courtesy of Adam Wallace
One day Adam Wallace decided to break away from his engineering career to pursue being an author. His change in career paid off as he is now a successful children’s author, having published over 45 books.
I recently interviewed Adam Wallace about his newest book, “How to Catch a Monster,” which released on Sept. 1, 2017. It is a very fun, witty and lighthearted book targeted at children between the ages of 4 and 8.
What is “How to Catch a Monster About?”
It’s a new book in the How to Catch series I am doing with Sourcebooks. This one follows books such as “How to Catch a Leprechaun.” In this one, a child is scared of the monster in their closet, but with a burst of confidence sets out to trap it. In the end, it turns out the monster has been trying to wake the child so they can play, and so the two start to form a friendship.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
This book came about after chatting with the Sourcebooks people, who thought it would be a great one to do as part of the series, and to look at giving it a little twist compared to the other ones.
Could “How to Catch a Monster” make a good Halloween book? If so, why?
It could for sure, mainly because of the child being dressed up and the story having the monster element. I think [Halloween] can also be a time where some children are scared of monsters, and scary stories, and scary stories about monsters. This can lighten the mood a little!
What has been your proudest moment as an author?
The moments where I get a letter or email or speak to a parent who says their child never reads but has read my book multiple times. That is the greatest buzz, the thought that I am helping a child on the path to a love of reading.
Is there anything else you would like to share about your new book?
Just that I hope it gives kids a nice laugh and a bit of an escape.
What is next for you?
We are currently editing “How to Catch a Turkey,” and I am also working on a new series where the main characters are based on the Marx Brothers, heroes of mine! The first book was released on Aug. 1 (“Rusty, Buster and Patch versus the Opera”), and more in the series are being illustrated as we speak!”
For more information on Adam Wallace or any of his upcoming books please visit adam-wallace-books.com.