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Thursday, February 02, 2017
Author Interview : Terry John Barto, author of ‘Nickerbacher’
Terry John Barto
up, Interview with Terry John Barto, author of 'Nickerbacher'.
this part of his Interview, he describes the journey of writing the
book, how the three main characters came about, and what he thought the most challenging
part of the book was, among others, Folks...
How did 'Nickerbacher' happen? Could you
describe the journey?
was first written on an In & Out Burger bag. I was driving to Palm
Springs and had this idea about belonging and fitting in. I pulled over and
started writing the story.
At that time ‘Nickerbacher’ attended a group therapy class. It's evolved
a lot since. After a long time, I met an editor and we worked on some other
Then I remembered a story about a dragon with issues. We worked and
re-worked it until it became a Picture Book. Then we re-invented it and
expanded it to be a chapter book.
How did the story, especially Nickerbacher’s,
Princess Gwendolyn’s and Prince Happenstance’s come about?
I wanted it to be a story about finding your way in life.
fighting the odds of what was expected of you came to me, because in a way,
it's what I did in my life.
picture book, the Prince wanted to be something
different from the exceptions of being a prince. But that changed in the
Whereas, the princess became more in charge and feisty. Also, her
cause and fight for dragon rights turned out to be an interesting
What according to you is different about your book?
a lot of stories about dragons but none who want to
be a comedian. And he goes the extra mile by wanting equal rights for all
citizens. He makes a difference and Nickerbacher's performance paves the way
for a brighter future.
How would you relate the lives of characters
to the lives today? Any similarities?
it falls in line with a lot of the protests that
are going on right now.
What was the most challenging part about writing
In a way
the Picture Book version was more of a challenge,
because I had to tell an interesting, far reaching story in less than 1,000
words. But the challenge for the Chapter Book was to let go things in the first
version and be open to a whole new approach.
Who was it that told you that you could
become the author, you are today?
My editor has encouraged me to keep going and not give up,
even in bleakest of times. But before all that, an actress that I was directing
(I did stage before) thought I had good story telling abilities and hired me to
be a creative director of an animation company, she was starting.
So, that started me in a direction I never thought of.