Oliver Owls Character Tales

Oliver Owls Character Tales

The Otter Learns about Responsibility :

by Michael Greyson



Paperback

:   26 Pages

Publisher

:   Okir Publishing Inc.

Language

:   English

ISBN-10

:   1642710644

ISBN-13

:   978-1642710649

Product Dimension

:   8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches

Shipping Weight

:   3 Ounces



Synopsis

Oliver the wise Owl has many tales to tell about character traits that each child needs to learn. In this story, Otis, the river otter, learns about responsibility. He has been given the task, by his parents, to look after his little sister. Curious and playful like all otters, Otis, at one point, loses sight of his sister. This is where he learns a very valuable lesson about what it means to be responsible and the consequences of not doing what you are told.


Michael Greyson

Author

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Biography

I was not seeing good character building stories while raising my children so I did some research on animal character traits, which are similar to character traits we need to exhibit. So I begin to write some stories to see if they were intrigued by these stories. My four children at the time loved the stories about animal and their exploits to learn about character traits. My goal as a parent has been to help my children learn and then exhibit character traits that will stay with them for their entire lives.


Michael Greyson


Michael Greyson, author of “Oliver Owl’s Character Tales: The Otter Learns About Responsibility” reveals to Okir Publishing fascinating details about him as an author and as a father of eight. He also describes his creative process and sources of inspiration, all the while defining his vision for his children’s stories.


O: Tell us about your latest book.

Michael Greyson: I am reintroducing my published book, “Oliver Owl’s Character Tales: The Otter Learns About Responsibility”. In this story a river otter named Otis is asked by his parents to look after his sister Olivia. The otter does not follow what his parents ask him to do and eventually learns what responsibility and obedience are about.


O: Can you tell us a little about the creative work you do?

MG: My work involves problem solving, agreement drafting, and negotiating, but I try to keep my work environment joyful and fun.


O: How did you get started writing for kids?

MG: I got curious one day about the life lessons my kids are learning from the books they’re reading. When I reviewed some of these books, I wasn’t satisfied. It was then that I determined that they need and deserve something more.


O: Where do you get your story ideas?  

MG: I own three volumes of “Character Sketches from the Pages of Scripture”. Each volume highlights a specific animal, presents key information regarding its characters traits and habitat, and compares it to a Biblical character. I then took an animal and its character traits, and built a story around that


O: Tell us about a piece of art or writing that has inspired you.  

MG: As previously discussed, the sketches and the writing from “Character Sketches from the Pages of Scripture” about animals and their traits appeal greatly to children. So I used these to exemplify to children the character traits and life lessons I want to impart to them.


O: What is your favorite thing about writing for kids?  

MG: Seeing them connect and get excited about the story and the message.


O: How did you get started as a writer?  

MG: I saw a need to write books that will encourage children to exemplify good character.


O: What does a typical day look like for you?  

MG: I am up at 4:00 a.m. weekdays, go to work, and arrive home at about 5:00 to 5:30 p.m., when I am finally able to spend time with my daughter.


O: How would you define creativity?  

MG: It involves taking an idea or a story and developing it further so that adults and children get to identify with the characters in the story and learn a lesson.


O: What is your favorite book?

MG: My favorite book is the Bible as it exemplifies character traits I wish to emulate.


O: Tell us something interesting about you.  

MG: I have eight children ranging in age from 37 years down to 12 years, of which are five girls and three boys. Three of my children were adopted from Haiti.


O: What’s the best and worst part of being a writer.  

MG: The best part is completing the story, and the worst part is getting started and following it through to completion.


O: How do you handle the balance between the creative and the business ends of things? 

MG: I always take time to read, watch some encouraging shows, and keep my business separate from my personal time with my family.


O:  What’s your advice for other writers?  

MG: Write down you story or your thoughts, and then go back to review them until you reach the point where you are satisfied with your own creation.


O: What are the most common misconceptions that writers have about the publishing process or the market for children’s books?  

MG: That a publisher will be as excited about your creation as you are and will publish it immediately.


O: Why is it important for a children’s book to go through the editing process?

MG: A second pair of eyes will sometimes see a different way to present your thoughts. An editor can help in presenting your ideas to your readers in the best way possible.


O: Do you have any advice for kids who love to write? How about for kids who don’t?  

MG: To both, sometimes it is good to keep a journal for your creative thoughts so that if not today, maybe later you will want to share those thoughts in a story.


O: What do you think are the qualities of a book that would keep a reader going?

MG: Those that bring excitement, intrigue, and action always keep me reading.


O: What advice would you give your 80-year-old self?  

MG: Always pray for everything, always look at life in a positive light, and do not worry.


O: A friend is coming over for dinner at your place. What would you cook?  

MG: I would ask the dinner guest what they like to eat, and then if I can cook it, I will.













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