Keoni’s Big Question – Author Interview – Patti Ogden

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keoni-coverPaperback Writer is hosting today a wonderful children’s author, Patti Ogden, author of the
Christian children’s picture book, Keoni’s Big Question (Capstone Productions). Find out how she came up with the idea for the book and if writing another book is in her future plans.

ABOUT THE BOOK:A boy who seeks answers about God’s presence in everyday life, finds his friend held the key to his revelation all along. This gripping tale follows a pair of dear friends on a fishing trip that turns dangerous, then miraculous, and leaves Keoni with more answers then he ever dreamed possible! Every child wonders why we can’t see God. Keoni’s Big Question makes the answer easy to understand.

INTERVIEW:

Hi Patti,

Welcome to Paperback Writer

Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?

I was inspired to write this story after hearing a story told by William Branham about a little “lad” who was very curious and no one seemed to have the ability to answer his questions he had about God.

Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
It usually comes as I am writing for the picture books. For YA literature, I do outlines for the plots and subplots.

Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?

Yes, usually it is already formed in my mind.

Do you have a process for developing your characters?

Yes, but it is a thought process, not one placed on paper. I try to open up my mind to imagine my character as a real person and define its entire personality.

It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?

I do think that is true. The spiritual side of the Old Fisherman character seemed to take on a part of my feelings of protection and moral mentoring that I do as a grandmother.

What is your most favorite part about this book?
That’s an easy one! When Keoni receives his revelation of God’s presence. His excitement is contagious in the story and I still get thrilled for Keoni during that part of the book.

What has been the best part about being published?

The best part of being published is to see the manifestation of a creative thought process in a tangible form. Amazing!

What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your picture book?
It is my hope that children will learn that they can have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus on their own level. Their experiences with God don’t need to be through their parents or another adult especially when help from an older person is not available during times of trouble or helplessness. It’s my desire to teach them how to communicate with God on their own. I want them to understand that God hears and answers their prayers. He can be touched, reached and seen in the beauty that surrounds us.

Do you have plans to write another book?
“Shamgar and the Ox Goad” is scheduled next. I am very excited about it! It is a very imaginative tale of the little known story of Shamgar, who was only mentioned twice in the Bible, yet greatly used of God. Taken from one verse in the book of Judges, this is a story of one man and how he delivered Israel from the hand of the Philistines. This is the first volume in our Untold Heroes of the Bible series and is a powerful, intriguing story that teaches children the virtues of Godly character and faith.

“Momma, Am I Pretty?” is about a young girl who deals with her first experience of religious persecution and how the wisdom of her mother helps her through her emotional reaction. Illustrator and designer Robert Sauber is busy working on this project and we hope to have this one out by late summer.

Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?

It’s been awesome. The folks at Pump Up Your Book Promotion are wonderful to work with and they really take time with you to find out the best ways to help you market your book for a particular target audience. I can highly recommend it.

Where can readers find a copy of your book?
Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Bookch.com and your local bookstore.

Do you have a website for readers to go to?

Yes we sure do. www.Capstone-Productions.com.
Thank you, Patti for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.

It’s been my pleasure! My best wishes to all.
Patti

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
As an enthusiastic Sunday school teacher, there was only one thing Patti Ogden did not enjoy about the teaching experience; too often, her lessons would end with the children not grasping the concepts that they were intended to teach. With a genuine heartfelt desire to reach children’s soul realm, she unleashed her God-given creativity and began to break down her lessons into simple terms – added excitement and drama – and suddenly she saw the “lights go on!” Soon the kids were asking questions and wanting to know more!

With a background in journalism and a sincere burden to help kids seek their own spiritual growth, she is now the author of Keoni’s BIG Question and two other Christian children’s books due to be released in 2009.

She was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Patti is a devoted wife to her husband Jeff, of 35 years, mother of two and grandmother to five darlings that fill her life with joy. She and her husband Jeff enjoy life on their eleven acre hobby farm in Oregon, Illinois.

THE KEONI’S BIG QUESTION VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09 will officially begin on April 1 and end on April 30. You can visit Patti’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in April to find out more about this talented author!

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