Author Richard Rensberry (Goblin’s Goop) is with us today to tell us about his latest book.
Welcome Richard. It’s a pleasure to have you with us today. Tell us a little about your family life and how it fits into your writing life.
My life has always been rooted deep in family. I was one of nine children born and raised on a farm in Northern Michigan. I am an uncle, great uncle and great, great uncle many times over. My wife Mary was born and raised in Texas. She is the mother of two morally sound and positive adult children. Family values was one of the integral connections that brought Mary and I together. We now have three thriving grandchildren and can’t wait for more. Both of us believe that strong family values is one of the major driving forces in building strong and ethical communities. You will find strength of family inherently woven throughout our collaborative children’s books as well as my own.
How long have you been writing?
I began writing at the age of twelve and had created my first poetry chapbook by the age of fourteen. Later in life my poetry appeared in small presses and journals like the Midwest Poetry Review and Touchstone Press. My children’s books are all written in verse. Children love the rhythm and rhyme, it is easy for them to relate to and remember.
Can you give us a brief synopsis of the book Goblin’s Goop?
My new children’s book Goblin’s Goop is a modern-day take on the Battle of Jericho. It is an environmentally friendly book swarming with heroic bugs and goblins from the Evil Empire of Monsanto. It is for children five years old and older. It was prompted by the GMO grains and pesticides that have polluted our organic seed banks even here in the Amish Country. I guess I should add that adults should and could benefit greatly by reading it, too.
Can you give us a favorite line from Goblin’s Goop?
One of my favorite couplets from Goblin’s Goop is: “Crickets came screeching with fiddles and bows. Mosquitoes came blowing their notable nose.” The rest of the book follows the same lively pattern and rhyme.
What is the hardest part about writing?
That would be the marketing aspect. It is difficult to get a book in front of enough people to create the effects I am trying to create. This interview is an opportunity to help do so and I thank you for the privilege to be here.
How can readers get copies of your book?
Readers can find and get copies of Goblin’s Goop from Amazon. The link to the book is http://amzn.to/2nba7pT Links to all of my books can also be found on my blog at richardrensberry.com
What’s next on the agenda for author Richard Rensberry?
I am working on “A Boy and His Dream” a children’s book about the Au Sable Valley Railroad. I have commissioned a local illustrator for the project. I also have in the pipeline “If I Were a Garden” for the winter of 2018. Both are written with a strong sense of rhyme and rhythm.
Thank You, Richard for your time. It was a pleasure to speak with you today.