This month I’m giving you a glimpse into the World of Children’s Author and Surfing Journalist, DC Green.
DC Green has written over 2,000 articles for 100 plus magazines and newspapers, contributed to a dozen anthologies and won awards for both his fiction and non-fiction writing. Wavelength magazine in the UK recently dubbed DC ‘a living legend’ with a ‘rapier wit and biting satire… albeit a bit hairy.’
Writing children’s books is now DC’s passion. His six published children’s books include the funny fantasy Erasmus James series and his brand new book for ages ten and up, Monster School, which has already received multiple five-star reviews and two awards.
DC lives on the South Coast of Australia with one slightly crazy daughter and two very crazy guard cats. He continues to surf with high zeal and low skill.
Hi, DC and welcome.
Hi, Erin. Thanks for the invitation.
As a successful surf journalist, what made you decide to write children’s books?
As a surf journalist I’d covered the Bali bombings, won awards and hung out with world surf champions at the best breaks around the world. It was fantastic, but life’s all about new challenges. When my own kids became old enough to read, I was struck with the desire to write something that they would both be keen to read. Nothing beats a challenge!
I read recently that you were asked what DC stands for and you replied, “My daughter reckons it stands for Dangerous Chef.”
I’m almost afraid to ask this, but what is your biggest disaster in the kitchen?
I once caused a kitchen fire that almost burned down the house. Seriously.
Okay, forget cooking. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be
I’d like to rule a small country, preferably with great surf.
That’s fairly ambitious. Has reading a book ever changed your life?
Every book I read changes my life; some changes are minuscule, but some completely rearrange my brain
If you could choose anyone as your mentor, who would it be and why?
Leonardo da Vinci. He was so accomplished in a wide range of fields from the arts to the sciences to inventing. Plus it would be great to have an insight into Renaissance Europe. And the surf would be uncrowded back then!
Perhaps but had they invented surfboards?
What are five items you can’t live without?
1. My car. There’s not much public transport in my country town.
2. My surfboard. Even authors need leisure activities!
3. My computer. For writing, research and contact with he world.
4. The aeroplane. Beats riding a horse to Perth or catching a trawler to Indonesia.
5. Food. Hungry authors don’t write well.
Agreed, as long as you’re not in charge of the kitchen.
Of your Erasmus James Series, Stinky Squad, Three Little Surfer Pigs and new book, Monster School, do you have a personal favourite?
It’s hard to choose! I spend several months on each book, which is plenty of time to fall in love. Probably my favourite would be the third and final Erasmus book, Erasmus James and the Grat Siege. After spending three books together, I’d really become attached to Erasmus and his supporting characters. It didn’t help that I put them through hell before I finally said farewell. I’m already developing a similar affection for my Monster School characters – and there are still two more books to go.
Your books have had great reviews.
This fabulous, fun filled fable is so good, I was laughing out loud.
An exciting plot with a timely message.
The language is a mirror to ‘kid-culture’.
Clever use of word and pun will captivate readers of all ages.
Your use of alliteration is brilliant and your play on words send me into fits.
DC Green must have a blast writing.
And my favourite;
I laughed, I cried, I worried about the author’s mental health.
By the way, how is your mental health?
It’s pretty good, considering I’m an author living with a teenage daughter! And thanks for unearthing those reviews!
With writing your children’s books, surfing, touring schools and being a dad, I can see you have a lot of spare time on your hands. As such, what chore do you excel at in the house?
I’m quite skilful at procrastination. Also, I’m good at plate-stacking to make the washing up sprawl seem less menacing.
Dare I say that seems to be most men’s take on chores? What would your tip be for enjoying life?
When all the aspects of my life are balanced – work, family, relationships, leisure time – I’m happiest. Balance also stops me from falling over.
Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your world, DC and for being such a good sport. Good luck with the launch of Monster School.
Thanks, Erin. May you write many best-sellers!
To find out more about DC Green, you can visit him on these sites.
– DC’s blog, with all the latest Monster Blog Tour updates: http://dcgreenyarns.blogspot.com.au/
– DC @ Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4527538.D_C_Green
– DC’s facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/DCGreenAuthor
– DC’s publisher’s site (for Monster School orders): http://www.fordstreetpublishing.com
– DC’s other publisher: http://barrelbooks.com/
– Amazon.com (for a kindle Monsters): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FDKBTVQ