INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR OF "MOUCH AND COMPANY", BOB DIXON
Researching you on the internet is not easy! I had a hard time finding information about you, just you alone, so can you give us some insight into the life of Bob Dixon?
Yeah, I have that same problem; my name seems to be pretty common. I did most of my early writing in the comic book field for Pocket Change Comics. At one point, I set 2 Guinness World records for the World’s Longest cartoon strip in addition to my current writing projects that are under contract with Wandering Sage Publications
Now looking over your works it seems you are a very diverse author. I noticed there were two children's books out by you, can you give us more information on those?
My two children books are Rooty the Tree Troll and Holiday Bunny. Rooty I wrote and drew and is a book teaching children to value their environment after all we only have one world and need to protect it. Holiday Bunny is a story basically about Santa Claus getting injured a few days before Christmas and is about to have to cancel Christmas because he can’t make the flight and then Mrs. Claus comes up with a wonderful idea to ask the Easter bunny to help save Christmas since he already knows the route
How old were you when you first started writing and what led you to this creative path?
I started writing when I was 19 or 20. Honestly, I never thought myself as a writer before then. I was in college on an athletic scholarship and I injured an ankle and a knee. That kind of put an end to the sports but it opened up new doors that I never knew existed.
Tell us a little about your other book "A Tough Call."
A Tough Call is a memoir I co-authored with Will Jones. In A Tough Call, Will tells how he went to Delaware State on a football scholarship. Things were going good until two of his teammates had an off-campus incident that he ended up in the middle of, one of those teammates was also a gang member at the end of the night Will was shot nine times and his teamte that was the gang member as in jail. A Tough Calls tells about how Will delat with the situation his recovery both physically and emotional and his response when he discovers that his teammate that went to prison for the shooting got out in six months on a plea deal and has a book deal with a major publisher as well as a soon to be released movie
Who are some of the authors you enjoy most and do they have any bearing on what you write?
I enjoy Rick Riordan, Janet Evanovich, Chris Moore, Eoin Colfer, Douglas Adams, Suzanne Collins, C.S. Lewis and Carl Hiaasen just to name a few.
Tell us about your family, what role if any do they play in your creativity?
My wife does a lot of my editing although she hates it lol, I talk over story ideas with both of my teenage children as well as my wife so my family is huge in the part they play
What other genres have you thought about writing and what are you working on now?
Currently I’m working on an urban fiction book that I am co-authoring , it tells the story of 3 kids growing up in the gangs in Newark NJ. I have an adult humor book coming out that falls in line most with stuff thatJanet Evanovich writes as well as another young adult book that deal with a teenager that is half demon
What genres are your favorite to read?
I like reading young adult books as well as any good books that include humor.
What is a typical day in the life of Bob Dixon like?
My real job is a special ed. teacher working with children with severe emotional issues, I don’t have a normal day because it could be anything from calm and quiet to going into a room where a high school kid is flipping out throwing chairs and desk around the room as crazy as it sounds I love my job. Once I get off work it is usually family stuff with my wife and children weather its shopping or running the kid back and forth to band stuff. I try to sneak my writing in on days when my wife works nights or on the weekends
Do you have any advice you'd care to share with other aspiring authors?
Persevere! Most over night sensations have been at it for years but since no one has ever heard of them, people just assume they got lucky the first time out; rarely is that the case.