10 Questions – Author Interview: PAUL AERTKER – 2017 GRAND PRIZE WINNER in GERTRUDE WARNER Middle-Grade Books – Author Interview, Marketing, Middle-Grade Books

2018-05-25T13:00:15+00:00 By |

Meet Paul Aertker, 2017 Grand Prize Winner in the Chanticleer Gertrude Warner Awards I first met Paul Aertker when we were in Portland Oregon last year. My first impression: Dynamic, Intelligent, Generous. In short, I am so glad we met! When I found out he was coming to our Chanticleer Authors Conference, CAC18, and that he was indeed in the running for an award - I was thrilled. Paul is an amazing human being - but don't take my word for it! Find out for yourself! Read on and be sure to comment at the end - and share if you like. Chanticleer: Paul, tell us, how did you start writing? Aertker: I started writing on September 12th—the day after 9/11. I guess I saw what the world had become or rather, what adults were capable of doing, and I thought maybe I should focus on kids and maybe kids could make things better. So that’s how I got started writing. Chanticleer: That's amazing, Paul. Thank you for taking action in this way. What led you to the middle-grade crowd?  Aertker: I write middle-grade books mostly because I act like an 11-year-old. No, but seriously, I do. I enjoy working with and writing for the middle grades for several reasons. Nine to twelve-year-olds are at a perfect stage in life—before the challenging ages of young adult, yet they are still old enough to understand what’s going on in the world, and most importantly, they get my jokes! Chanticleer: [...]

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