Interview with Greg Walter , Author of 'The Wild World of Wiley and JuJu'

 Jan 25, 2021


I was privileged to invite Author Greg Walter for an interview to discuss his latest book The Wild World of Wiley and JuJu  and the inspiration behind it. Enjoy!



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What's your book The Wild World of Wiley and JuJu about, and what inspired you to write it? 
My book is about a boy named Wiley and his older sister JuJu visiting the Library for storytime. Wiley becomes frightened by the scary librarian Mrs. Longerhans and causes raucous all over the place. In the midst of his adventure, JuJu is left to clean up the mess and convince Wiley to rejoin storytime.

This book is based on my two older kids, Winter and Junior. I've always wanted to write a children's book and this year I decided to just go for it. It's been an awesome experience!

Who is your target audience, and why do you think this book will appeal to them?
My target audience is ages 4-10. This book will capture the imagination of children. While reading or listening to this it’s hard not to put yourself in Wiley or JuJu's shoes. It’s a crazy adventure and the detail in it is captivating.  

What message do you wish to pass across to your readers with this book?
This book is just a fun-loving adventure. It also shows how important it is to have siblings or friends to look out for you at all times!

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Writing was the fun part. The tough part was all the behind-the-scenes work i.e., editing and formatting. This was especially true because this is a hybrid self-publish, and it's my first book!

As a writer, is there anything you've learned about yourself while writing this book?
I learned how much I really enjoy children's books and illustrations. I am not a good drawer or illustrator at all, and what people can do is really amazing.

For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books, and why?  
I prefer hard back books. This is especially true with children's books. I would rather have the physical copy instead of looking at it on a device. It just feels more authentic to me.

What is your niche genre, and if you were to write in a different genre, what would it be?
My niche genre is definitely children's books. If I were to write in a different genre it would be Young Adult or a Comedy short story.

What books and authors have most influenced you?
I always will remember my Grandmother reading "The Hardy Boys" series by Franklin W. Dixon. Also, "Goosebumps", by R.L. Stine was a huge part of my childhood as well. They were so fun, especially when you could choose your own adventure in the book and skip to different pages!

Is there anything you'd like readers to know about you?
I am actually a freelance basketball scout for professional teams outside of the USA. That is my other passion. I am a huge basketball lover.

Do you have any more books in the works?
I do have the next book in "The Wild World of Wiley and JuJu" series already written. I am hoping to release it sometime this year, maybe in the summertime. We'll see!

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes! Any feedback good or bad is very appreciated. I am proud of the work that I put out, but I would be very na├»ve not to listen to what other people have to say about it!

How can readers get in touch with or follow you (website, personal blog, social media handle, Goodreads)?
You can find me at the following links!

https://www.facebook.com/GregWalterBooks24hrs
https://www.goodreads.com/gregwalter
https://amazon.com/author/gregwalter   
https://twitter.com/GWallBball24hrs   
https://www.linkedin.com/in/greg-walter-992a4a11b/

 

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As a father of three children, six and under, Greg Walter spends every night watching movies or playing games that activate his children's imaginations. Greg’s first book, “The Wild World of Wiley and JuJu: Wiley and JuJu Go to the Library”, displays how siblings can have mischievous adventures while keeping each other out of trouble. Currently, Greg is a freelance basketball scout for professional teams overseas and resides in Maryland.






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