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Book Give-Away and Interview with Author D.M. Denert










Thank you Mr. Denert for agreeing to this interview!
I’m glad to do it, thanks for having me.

First, please tell us a little about your book, Derek’s Great Thanksgiving Escape.
To be honest, it all happened quite spontaneously. I’ve been meaning to write some of the bedtime stories I’ve told my kids over the years, but never found the time.
Then one day, a bit out of nowhere, the idea to write a short story about Thanksgiving popped into my head. One thing led to another and I ended up turning the short story into a short book because I just had too much fun writing it.

It is a very amusing tale, told from the perspective of an 8-year-old boy trying to get out of spending Thanksgiving Dinner at the table with his relatives, including, his angry sister, weird cousins and kissing aunties whose kisses are inpossible to wipe off.
How much of this story is drawn from your experiences as a youngster?
I would say a great deal. However, it wasn’t just Thanksgiving as we tend to spend it with a small family group, so it wasn’t that bad. Other holidays and family gatherings were a whole different story, and often-included weird cousins and kissing aunties.
Those, I dreaded and tried to escape more than once, but I’m glad I didn’t.

Do any of your own children have plans to escape from Thanksgiving  dinner this year?
I don’t think so, but then again, they seem to enjoy family gathering more than I did when I was a kid.

There are some very handy tips in this book about how to avoid monsters, particularly attic monsters. Would you please share them here, just in case any of our members need to avoid attic monsters during the upcoming holiday season?
Sure, there are 3 key ones:
• Be super quiet. Monsters seem to avoid you if you’re staying silent
• Pretend you’re asleep. Closing your eyes seems to make them go away
• Have a clear path of escaping when the two above don’t work.
With that said, it’s probably best to avoid attics and basements when you’re alone in general.

Have you always been a writer and storyteller?
As a kid I was often told I have a very active imagination, I guess most kids do, but it seems I didn’t grow out of mine. With that said, I did write some fantasy as a teenager and young adult, but really got going as a storyteller when my first daughter was born.
I had to tell her at least 3 or 4 stories per night before she would let me go.

Do you have plans for publishing your next book?
Yes, I have a few in mind.
Two will be a continuation of Derek’s adventures. One about Christmas and the other summer vacation.
I’ve been also toying with the idea about writing a fantasy novel for children. Naturally, these will include dragons, fairies and monsters.

Did you have a favorite author growing up?

Growing up some of the earliest reading I did for fun, instead being forced to, were the Harry Potter books. The whole idea that there was another world paralleled to our one has really captivated my early years. Especially, how I was 11, the same age Harry is at the start, when the books were published in United States.

I think JK Rowling did a great job making it believable and I spend more than a few nights reading the series. Which also kick-started my passion for reading and later writing.

And now, do you have a favorite author?

One of my favorites, if not the favorite, author as an adult is Fyodor Dostoevsky. Others are Stephen King, Joe Abercrombie and of course Tolkien and CS Lewis, as both I discovered and enjoyed as an adult.

Now for some fun questions:

Stuffing or dressing?
Definitely stuffing, with bacon and mushrooms

Fresh cranberries or canned?
I think I never had fresh, so canned?

Apple or pumpkin pie?
Apple, while I enjoy pumpkin pie apple pie has always been my favorite.

Weird cousins or kissing aunties?
Weird cousins, nothing is worse than kissing aunties! I’m just kidding, but weird cousins seem to be a lot more fun. __________

Mr. Denert has generously offered to give away 3 copies of his book to PaperBackSwap Members who comment. Tell us who you would like to read his book to for a chance to win. We will choose 3 lucky winners at random from the comments we receive here on the Blog. Good luck to Everyone!

If you would like to learn more about Mr. Denert you can view is website at:  dmdenert.com

or follow him on Facebook here.



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12 Responses to “Book Give-Away and Interview with Author D.M. Denert”

  1. Terry VanNahmen says:

    Thank you for sharing! I would love to read this to my grandchildren, ages 6 and 3. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Ronni Essrog says:

    I love the story! Would love to get this book for my 8 year old grandaughter

  3. Laurie Hatch Smith says:

    I think we can all relate to some awkward and still fun and exciting Thanksgiving experiences. Interesting topic and Is love to read this to my 5 year old granddaughter. I

  4. Gail Ptacek says:

    I don’t have “wee” ones any more. Even the grands are almost 20 and 24. But, I have to admit that sometimes I read children books just for the fun of it. They are quick reads for an adult and they give my mind an real from “adulting”. Thank you, Mr. Denert, for giving me the opportunity to “not adult” for a while.

  5. Vostromo says:

    Have a clear path of escape? I’m in.

  6. MIRAH W. (mwelday) says:

    I would love to share this with my little neighbor. He is such a fun little boy and I think he’d like to get to know Derek on an adventure!

  7. Jay Newman says:

    My family usually goes out to have Thanksgiving dinner and I don’t usually spend Thanksgiving with anyone else besides my mom, dad, and brother. I can relate to the story because I don’t feel comfortable visiting my aunts and cousins. I would like to read a story about a family’s Thanksgiving dinner. I’m interested it in the book because I read children’s books. I like how they’re so easy to read.

  8. B Long says:

    This book sounds adorable. I would love to read it with my family. I am always on the lookout for new holiday books.

  9. Michelle H. says:

    Great interview! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Jeannetta Mouncey says:

    I would like to have this book to treat my newly acquired Brazilian 6 year old grand daughter. By reading to her, she will be entertained and learn English. Next, she will be reading it on her own. Thank you for donating.

  11. Tracy Kern says:

    My first born son’s name is Derek. It would be very neat to have this book for his children to read!

  12. Rammy Meyerowitz says:

    I would gift it to my grandsons.
    Well, I would read it to them, but they don’t usually sit still long enough for a story.
    Maybe by next Thanksgiving there could be a time. 😉

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