This is our first author interview for children’s books!
We actually loved the way Nathan brought magic to the story of Harry The Happy Mouse!
Overland About Nathan
N.G.K. is the bestselling children’s picture book author whose first book ‘Harry The Happy Mouse’ has featured on the Amazon bestseller lists in Paperback and eBook. N.G.K. has worked with Janelle Dimmett to produce what has been called “a future classic”. Used in schools across the world, Harry The Happy Mouse promotes ‘Pay It Forward’, teaching children about kindness.
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Harry’s Spooky Surprise is set around Halloween. Harry needs to visit his friends at night time to collect items from them for a very special reason! Harry learns that there is no reason to be afraid of the dark, and the importance of saying ‘Thank You!’.
Harry The Happy Mouse (Book 1 in the series) is an Amazon #1 bestseller, teaching children the value of kindness. Harry The Christmas Mouse (Book 2), which was a #1 bestseller in both the UK and USA, teaches children the value of team work.
How long did it take to write the first book of Harry The Happy Mouse?
I had the first book swimming around my head for quite a while, so when I actually sat down to write the book I actually finished it in just over a day! I then made small changes for about another month. The illustrations then took about six months to complete.
What inspired you to start writing a children’s book?
I’ve always been interested in writing, and love children’s picture books. I now have children of my own and thought it would be nice to write a book for them.
I also give as much content away for free, as I think it’s important that children have success to books. All three books are free on Kindle and iBooks, and there is lots of other stuff free on our webpage: www.harrythehappymouse.com/free
How is the journey of a writer?
I usually start with the basic outline of a story, then start to fill in the detail. I always explain it as a track I’m walking along, and the books I’m currently working on are signposts along that track. The ones that are closest, I can see all of the detail, all of the imaginary, know everything about that one.
I’ll then have a signpost that is in the medium distance, I might know what it’s called and some of the basic story ideas. Then there are distant signposts, which I will not get to until I’ve walked past the closest ones. It helps me plan what I’m thinking about.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop
Who is your favorite writer or idol?
I have to be honest, I’m very late to discover the Harry Potter books! They are simply amazing.
What is your favorite movie?
I’m quite a big Star Wars fan, I’ve liked it since I was very young.
Something that you love other than reading and writing?
I’ve always loved space, and the discovery of our universe. I’m actually working on a space book right now. It’s going to be a children’s picture book about space.
Did you expect so many of positive reviews on your books?
I couldn’t ever imagine the response for Harry The Happy Mouse, and the fact that the book has gone to number one in the UK, USA and Australia. Amazing! I love the reviews, it’s so wonderful to hear, and I still find it hard to believe that my book is in so many households around the world.
You have another book coming up soon. Something you want our readers to know about it?
The new book is the third book in the Harry The Happy Mouse series, and is set around Halloween. As with the other books, there’s hopefully a great moral to the story.
Something you would say to aspiring writers who are just at the beginning?
Make sure you are happy with everything you produce, stick to your vision, and concentrate on getting your work out there. You could write the greatest book ever written, but you still need people to read it.
We gave the book 5-stars!
“Love the book – sweet, funny and rhyming poems!”
– The Elysian Geek
Your kids won’t be disappointed at all 🙂
Where you can keep in touch with Harry The Happy Mouse?
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ngkmedia/
Link to Amazon/Goodreads: www.harrythehappymouse.com/buy