Friday, 28 January 2022

The Best Children's US Book Picks January 2022 - Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books

 

Garry Paulsen - Northwind - Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux (January 11, 2022) - ISBN-13: ‎978-0374314200 - Hardback 

    This stunning novel from the survival story master, set along a rugged coastline centuries ago, does for the ocean what Hatchet does for the woods, as it relates the story of a young person’s battle to stay alive against the odds, where the high seas meet a coastal wilderness.


    When a deadly plague reaches the small fish camp where he lives, an orphan named Leif is forced to take to the water in a cedar canoe. He flees northward, following a wild, fjord-riven shore, navigating from one danger to the next, unsure of his destination. Yet the deeper into his journey he paddles, the closer he comes to his truest self as he connects to “the heartbeat of the ocean . . . the pulse of the sea.” With hints of Nordic mythology and an irresistible narrative pull, Northwind is Gary Paulsen at his captivating, adventuresome best.

    Morgan Rhodes - Echoes and Empires - Published by Razorbill (January 4, 2022) - ISBN-13 : ‎978-0593351659 - Hardback 

    From the New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series comes the first book in a brand-new duology about forbidden magic and dangerous secrets, for readers of Victoria Aveyard and Margaret Rogerson.

    Josslyn Drake knows only three things about magic: it’s rare, illegal, and always deadly.
     
    So when she’s caught up in a robbery gone wrong at the Queen’s Gala and infected by a dangerous piece of magic—one that allows her to step into the memories of an infamously evil warlock—she finds herself living her worst nightmare. Joss needs the magic removed before it corrupts her soul and kills her. But in Ironport, the cost of doing magic is death, and seeking help might mean scheduling her own execution. There’s nobody she can trust.
     
    Nobody, that is, except wanted criminal Jericho Nox, who offers her a deal: his help extracting the magic in exchange for the magic itself. And though she’s not thrilled to be working with a thief, especially one as infuriating (and infuriatingly handsome) as Jericho, Joss is desperate enough to accept.
     
    But Jericho is nothing like Joss expects. The closer she grows to Jericho and the more she sees of the world outside her pampered life in the city, the more Joss begins to question the beliefs she’s always taken for granted—beliefs about right and wrong, about power and magic, and even about herself.
     
    In an empire built on lies, the truth may be her greatest weapon.

    Zack Loran Clark - The Lock-Eater - Published by Dial Books (January 18, 2022) - ISBN-13 : 978-1984816887 - Hardback 

      For fans of Nevermoor and Howl's Moving Castle comes an epic fantasy about a girl with the ability to unlock anything—including the empire's darkest secrets.


      Melanie Gate is a foundling with a peculiar talent for opening the unopenable—any lock releases at the touch of her hand. One night, her orphanage is visited by Traveler, a gearling automaton there on behalf of his magical mistress, who needs an apprentice pronto. When Melanie is selected because of her gift, her life changes in a flash, and in more ways than she knows—because Traveler is not at all what he seems. But then, neither is Melanie Gate. 
       
      So begins an epic adventure sparkling with magic, wit, secret identities, stinky cats, fierce orphan girls, impostor boys, and a foundling and gearling hotly pursued by the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the land.
       
      Action-packed yet layered, The Lock-Eater is a mix of lush world-building, high stakes, humor, and emotional heft—a page-turner and so much more. 

      Jake Burt - The Ghoul of Windydown - Published by Feiwel & Friends (January 25, 2022) - ISBN-13 ‏: ‎978-1250236579 - Hardback 

      Don't miss this book! It takes you to another world―and then terrifies you with surprise after surprise. Great ghoulish fun!” ―R. L. Stine, author of Goosebumps and Fear Street 

      In this action-packed mystery from award-winning author Jake Burt, Copper Inskeep holds Windydown Vale's deepest and darkest secret: he is the ghoul that haunts the Vale, donning a gruesome costume to scare travelers and townsfolk away from the dangers of the surrounding swamps. When a terrified girl claims she and her father were attacked by a creature - one that could not have been Copper - it threatens not just Copper's secret, but the fate of all Windydown.

      Monday, 17 January 2022

      Children's Book Cover Friendly Tussle - THE FINAL WINNER 2021/22 - CHAAYA PRABHAT - Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books

      This year we had an amazing book cover competition; one of the best for a long time. Therefore, we would like to thank every voter and supporter, illustrator, author, and publisher who got behind our little competition - the newly named Children's Book Cover Friendly Tussle. We've had five superb rounds of which you voted in your thousands (about six thousand votes in total) for 25 brilliant book covers. These truly reflect the wealth and talent of the many amazing illustrators who, at times, do not always get the credit they really deserve. The final managed to gather great momentum gaining an amazing 2913 votes. In the end, any of the top four book covers could have won due to the high number of votes they each received. So well done to everyone who supported the illustrators - you have done them proud. 

      The final came to a fantastic conclusion last night where we found another excellent winner... I'm delighted to announce that the winning book cover that caught the wind to success was bCHAAYA PRABHAT for the debut book by Michael Mann - GHOSTCLOUD. Check out more of her brilliant work on her website HERE. The book was published by Hodder Children's Books (7 October 2021) - well done to Samuel Perrett and the team for producing such a wonderful book. It really does deserve to join the hall of fame with all the past winners across the years. Many congratulations!

      2009/10 - Jon Mayhew 'Mortlock' Illustrated by Christian Lorenz Scheurer

      2010/11 - Darren Shan 'Birth of a Killer' Illustrated by David Wyatt

      2011/12 - Curtis Jobling 'Werewolf: Shadow of the Hawk' Illustrated by Andrew Farley

      2012/13 - Thomas Taylor 'Haunters' Illustrated by Steve Wells 

      2013/14 - Niel Bushnell 'Timesmith' Illustrated by James Fraser 
      2014/15 - M. G. Harris/Gerry Anderson's 'Gemini Force One' Black Horizon Illustrated by Blacksheep
      2015/16 -  M. G. Leonard 'Beetle Boy' Illustrated by Julia Sarda 
      2016/17 - Roderick Gordon 'Summerhouse Land' - Illustrated by Stanley Donwood
      2017/18 - (No Book Cover Wars) 
      2018/19 - Vashti Hardy 'Brightstorm: A Sky-Ship Adventure' Illustrated by George Ermos 

      2019/20 - Joan Haig - Tiger Skin Rug - Illustrated by Annie Glennie

      2020/21 - Nizrana Farook - The Boy Who Met a Whale - Illustrated by David Dean

      2021/22 -  Michael Mann - Ghostcloud - Illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat 

      Monday, 10 January 2022

      Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books - Children's Book Cover Friendly Tussle - THE GRAND FINAL 2021/2022

      Welcome everybody to the GRAND FINAL of Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books favourite book cover. We have already run five fantastic heats so all the winners/highest runners-up are now ready for your VOTES once again. This is your chance to choose your favourite to be crowned the ultimate winner. So get your finger ready as it all starts NOW. Who will win this YEAR?  

      This week's voters prize is a £10 National Book Token, a book (Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson) and a bar of chocolate. (Sorry open to the UK Only) 

      If you are interested all you need to do is:
      • Vote for your favourite book cover using the poll HERE  (or at the bottom of the post)
      • Leave a comment through this post/poll or #RT Pinned tweet on @Enchantedbooks or do both for a better chance to win.
      • This poll will end on 16th JAN 2022 at Midnight (UK). Have fun and share with the world through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Watch the voting develop, and wait to hear whether you've won (once the poll has closed).

      So here are all seven book covers to vote for: 


      BOOK ONE: Jakob Wegelius - The False Rose - Book Cover Illustrated by Jakob Wegelius - Published by Pushkin Children's Books (7 Oct. 2021) - VOTE HERE


      BOOK TWO: Lindsy Littleson - The Rewilders - Book Cover Illustrated by Tatyana Komtsyan - Published by Pokey Hat (Cranachan) (3 Mar. 2022)  - VOTE HERE 


      BOOK THREE: Oanis Rawbone - Whippoorwill Lane - Book Cover Illustrated by Karl James Mountford - Published by Buffalo Book Press (30 Sept. 2021) - VOTE HERE 


      BOOK FOUR: Alex Mullarky - The Sky Beneath the Stone - Book Cover Illustrated by Diana Renjina - Published by Floris Books (24 Feb. 2022) - VOTE HERE


      BOOK FIVE: Joe Clarke - Libby and the Parisian Puzzle - Book Cover Illustrated by Becka Moor - Published by Firefly Press Ltd (3 Mar. 2022) - VOTE HERE


      BOOK SIX: Michael Mann - Ghostcloud - Book Cover Illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat - Published by 
      Hodder Children's Books (7 Oct. 2021) - VOTE HERE


      BOOK SEVEN: Hannah Gold - The Lost Whale - Book Cover Illustrated by Levi Pinfold - Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books (3 Mar. 2022) - VOTE HERE

      HAPPY VOTING AND MAY THE BEST BOOK COVER WIN...

      Sunday, 9 January 2022

      The Best Children's UK Book Picks January 2022 - Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books

      Lucy Brandt (Author), Gladys Jose (Illustrator) - Leonora Bolt: Secret Inventor: BK 1 - Published by Puffin (20 Jan. 2022) - Paperback 

       'Fizzing with fun, friendship and fabulous inventions!' - Maria Kuzniar

      WARNING: EPIC INVENTIONS AND SECRET SOCITIES AHEAD . . .

      Leonora Bolt spends her days creating incredible inventions in her TOP SECRET laboratory, under the watchful eye of her terrifying uncle.

      Everything changes one day when a strange boy washes up on an inflatable lobster and reveals that Uncle Luther has been stealing her inventions and selling them on the mainland. Leonora, armed with her most important inventions, must leave Crabby Island for the first time EVER to embark on an unforgettable journey that will test her brainpower to its limits.

      With the help of an otter with a special skilll, a questionable cook and a singing sea captain, can Leonora dream up an invention that will defeat her evil uncle once and for all?


      Ross Welford - Into the Sideways World - Published by 
      HarperCollins Children’s Books (20 Jan. 2022) - Paperback 

      The moving, funny, thrilling and adventured-filled new novel for readers of 10 and up from bestselling author Ross Welford.

      When twelve-year-olds Willa and Manny hear of a mysterious animal prowling their town, they are determined to prove it is real. Following the creature into a cave one full moon, they are swept into an alternate, ideal, world – one where pollution and conflict have been conquered decades ago and even their own families seem happier.

      But when they return, no one believes them. So, with a global war looming in their own world, their quest for proof of the Sideways World becomes ever-more urgent, in a nail-biting race against time.

      And Willa and Manny will have to make an impossible decision: because once you find a perfect world, can you ever leave it behind . . .?


      Sam Copeland (Author), Sarah Horne (Illustrator) - Greta and the Ghost Hunters - Published by Puffin (20 Jan. 2022) - Paperback 

      The hilarious tale of a family coming to terms with its ghosts - literally.

      Greta Woebegone did not believe in ghosts until the day she was knocked over by a car and almost died. Then everything changed...

      Now Greta can not only see the spirits that haunt her ancestral home, she can talk to them too - from her grumpy Grandpa Woebegone and Percy the poo-pushing plague victim to the sinister spook in the cellar.

      Can Greta help the ghosts avoid being exorcised (a fate worse than undeath)? 

      Can the ghosts help Greta stop her beloved Grandma being put in a home? 

      And can they all help each other overcome the pain in their past that's holding them back from the future?



      Lucy Strange (Author), Pam Say (Illustrator) - The Mermaid in the Millpond - Published by Barrington Stoke (6 Jan. 2022) - Paperback 


      History and myth entwine in this atmospheric tale of freedom and friendship from bestselling author Lucy Strange, and acclaimed illustrator Pam Smy.

      Bess has left the London workhouse behind for a job at a rural cotton mill. But life at the mill is hard and cruel– a far cry from the fresh start Bess hoped for. The only way to survive is to escape, but the mill is like a prison, with no way out. Meanwhile, rumours are spreading about a vicious creature that lurks in the millpond. Bess is sure it’s all nonsense, until one night she sees something stir in the murky water. But is it really a monster that lives in the depths of the pond? Or a creature trapped and alone, just like Bess, desperate to escape?






      Wednesday, 8 December 2021

      Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books - Children's Book Cover Friendly Tussle - Round FIVE 2021/2022

      Welcome to the 12th annual Children's Book Cover Friendly Tussle. (Previous winner HEREWe are looking once again to find your favourite book cover for 2021/2022. We do this to support the creative heroes of the children's book world; the illustrators and the creative teams behind all the books we love. Please share this exciting adventure with your friends and followers on social media. Everyone is welcome to vote and share the FUN with others. 

      Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Book Cover Competition Rules 

      There will be five weekly heats; each with Six books to vote for. Although, there will be 7 book covers in the final to vote for as heat winners will make the grand final plus two book covers as the highest runners up. 

      Round One Winner: Hannah Gold - The Lost Whale - Book Cover Illustrated by Levi Pinfold

      Round Two Winner: Michael Mann - Ghostcloud - Book Cover Illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat

      Round Three Winner:  Alex Mullarky - The Sky Beneath the Stone - Book Cover Illustrated by Diana Renjina

      Round Four Winner: Oanis Rawbone - Whippoorwill Lane - Book Cover Illustrated by Karl James Mountford 

      Each week you vote you will be in with a chance to win an exciting prize.  This week's prize is a £10 National Book Token + a book and a bar of chocolate UK only) 

      If you are interested all you need to do is:
      • Vote for your favourite book cover using the poll HERE  (or at the bottom of the post)
      • Leave a comment through this post/poll or #RT Pinned tweet on @Enchantedbooks or do both for a better chance to win.
      • This poll will end on 14th December 2021 at Midnight (UK). 

      Have fun and share with the world through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Watch the voting develop, and wait to hear whether you've won (once the poll has closed).

      So here are the Six brilliant book covers to vote for this week: 


      BOOK ONE: Julian Sedgwick - Tsunami Girl - Book Cover Illustrated by Chie Kutsuwada - Published by 
      Guppy Books (4 Mar. 2021) - VOTE HERE



      BOOK TWO: Tom Percival - The River - Book Cover Illustrated by Tom Percival - Published by 
      Simon & Schuster Children's UK (3 Mar. 2022) - VOTE HERE 



      BOOK THREE: Nicola Penfold - Between Sea and Sky - Book Cover Illustrated by Kate Forrester - Published by 
      Stripes Publishing (8 July 2021) - VOTE HERE 


      BOOK FOUR: Jakob Wegelius - The False Rose - Book Cover Illustrated by Jakob Wegelius - Published by 
      Pushkin Children's Books (7 Oct. 2021) - VOTE HERE



      BOOK FIVE: Kereen Getten - If You Read This - Book Cover Illustrated by Erik Davila - Published by  Delacorte Press (16 Aug. 2022) - VOTE HERE


      BOOK SIX: Katie Cotton - The Secret of Splint Hall - Book Cover Illustrated by Becky Thorns - Book Published by Andersen Press (3 Mar. 2022) - VOTE HERE 


      HAPPY VOTING!

      Tuesday, 7 December 2021

      Christopher Edge - ESCAPE ROOM - Book Review - Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books

       

      Are you ready to ESCAPE to the Escape Room? This is the latest book by Christopher Edge which is due to be published by Nosy Crow Ltd on the 3rd Feb 2022. The book cover is brilliantly produced by the talented illustrator, David Dean. We arrive at the start of the book with a buzz of excitement as the main character arrives at The Escape; a reward for working so hard. We are led slowly into a fantasy adventure with the trademark qualities that you associate with this author. There's a plot full of puzzles and a deadly sting in the tale as a group of children (unknown to each other) have a race against time to battle the rooms and actually save the world. 

      It's only Fantasy? 

      However, the Host has other ideas as you skip and dive through this fantastic narrative escaping danger and sometimes death. The author drags you through different creative and eventful moments that will have readers gripped in a vortex of magic fantasy realism. Find the answer and you'll find the key to escape. Although, along the way, you'll visit an amazing library and battle a strange chess automaton that was built 250 years ago. If you need even more madness you'll also hurtle across an unknown galaxy in a spaceship and encounter extinct species of animals that just might eat you alive. 

      The author has a great way of putting an important message into his books. There's a quirky twist whilst still managing to weave a web of epic ingredients together to create an exhilarating ending. He does this in a very imaginative way that only natural storytellers can do. This is a story that is so much more; great entertainment with a  massive thought-provoking moment that leaves you reflecting. Have you got the Answer? Find out by reading the book - enjoy!

       Other recommended books published by the author: 

    • The Many Worlds of Albie Bright
      • The Jamie Drake Equation
      • The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day
      • The Longest Night of Charlie Noon
      • Space Oddity 
      • Twelve Minutes to Midnight 

      Monday, 29 November 2021

      Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books - Children's Book Cover Friendly Tussle - Round FOUR 2021/2022

      Welcome to the 12th annual Children's Book Cover Friendly Tussle. (Previous winner HEREWe are looking once again to find your favourite book cover for 2021/2022. We do this to support the creative heroes of the children's book world; the illustrators and the creative teams behind all the books we love. Please share this exciting adventure with your friends and followers on social media. Everyone is welcome to vote and share the FUN with others. 

      Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Book Cover Competition Rules 

      There will be five weekly heats; each with Six books to vote for. Although, there will be 7 book covers in the final to vote for as heat winners will make the grand final plus two book covers as the highest runners up. 

      Round One Winner: Hannah Gold - The Lost Whale - Book Cover Illustrated by Levi Pinfold

      Round Two Winner: Michael Mann - Ghostcloud - Book Cover Illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat

      Round Three Winner:  Alex Mullarky - The Sky Beneath the Stone - Book Cover Illustrated by Diana Renjina

      Each week you vote you will be in with a chance to win an exciting prize.  This week's prize is a £10 National Book Token + a book and a bar of chocolate UK only) 

      If you are interested all you need to do is:
      • Vote for your favourite book cover using the poll HERE  (or at the bottom of the post)
      • Leave a comment through this post/poll or #RT Pinned tweet on @Enchantedbooks or do both for a better chance to win. 
      • This poll will end on 5th December 2021 at Midnight (UK). 

      Have fun and share with the world through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Watch the voting develop, and wait to hear whether you've won (once the poll has closed).

      So here are the Six brilliant book covers to vote for this week: 


      BOOK ONE: Thomas Taylor - Shadowghast (An Eerie-on-Sea Mystery) - Book Cover Illustrated by George Ermos - Published by Walker Books (2 Sept. 2021) - VOTE HERE 


      BOOK TWO: Lindsy Littleson - The Rewilders - Book Cover Illustrated by Tatyana Komtsyan - Published by Pokey Hat (Cranachan) (3 Mar. 2022)  - VOTE HERE 


      BOOK THREE: Darren Shan - Archibald Lox and the Forgotten Crypt - Book Cover Illustrated by Liam Fitzgerald (Frequency Design) - Published by Home of the Dammed Ltd. - VOTE HERE


      BOOK FOUR: Oanis Rawbone - Whippoorwill Lane - Book Cover Illustrated by Karl James Mountford - Published by 
      Buffalo Book Press (30 Sept. 2021) - VOTE HERE 



      BOOK FIVE: Gabriela Houston - The Wind Child - Book Cover Illustration by Alexis Snell - Published by UCLan Publishing (3 Feb. 2022) - VOTE HERE



      BOOK SIX: Christyne Morrell - Kingdom of Secrets - Book Cover Illustrated by Emma Cormarie and designed by Carol Ly - Published by Random House Inc (3 Aug. 2021) - VOTE HERE


      HAPPY VOTING!

      Sunday, 28 November 2021

      K. L. Kettle - The Boy I Am - Interview (Q&A) - Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books #11


      Welcome to another fantastic interview. This time it is with debut author K.L. Kettle who had The Boy I Am published at the start of the year. This book really delivers a story that is both detailed and structured; producing an unusual story with high levels of realism that has some relevance in today's world. The book cover has been creatively illustrated by Thomas Truong. In fact, it was a strong contender in last year's book cover wars (please check out this year's competition if you haven't already). We hope you find this interview interesting and if you haven't already read this story then I recommend you purchase a copy today. Have a great day and stay safe. 
       
      • The Boy I Am is a dystopian fantasy Young Adult novel. What makes this book stand out from all the other books in this genre and why should we read it?

      I love playing with genre and tropes, because ultimately, Iit’s a lot of fun to subvert the expectations we’ve been trained to expect as readers, and consumers of media in general. We don’t realise often how story literate we are, because we’re fed stories on a daily basis, until these expectations are twisted. YA Dystopia is a genre with a lot of tropes that are fun to play with. I’m hoping that this subversion of expectations makes The Boy I am stand out, particularly by gender-flipping a traditional feminist narrative. I hope that it’s enjoyable to read because it’ll catch you off guard, both with the big twists, and in the small moments. 

      • What are the main themes used in this book and how do you ensure they are balanced within the narrative?

      When first drafting I always intended that gender equity would be a key theme in the story, but this certainly evolved over time in a way to cover social power dynamics in general, and the challenges of self-identification, self-understanding and definition when faced with social expectations. As these themes are so intertwined in the real world it didn’t feel hard to balance them in the narrative, but it was a challenge balancing them with other elements I wanted to build into the story (the thriller element for example.) 


      • Did you have a Eureka moment where everything came together or did you chop and change the story many times to become the version that you were happy with?

      There was the early moment when I hit upon the idea to gender flip the narrative, having not seen it done before, it really unlocked the story. Though the story began as a dual narrative, the next eureka moment was at the point I committed to a single narrative, focussing on Jude. I was afraid of it at first, the idea of writing a feminist themed story with a biological male as the main protagonist felt foolish and wrong, but at the same time unavoidable given the voice of Jude was so Strong. The third Eureka moment came near the end, when the last few pages final fell into place, and were the result of my editor pushing me to a better ending, one I’m supremely proud of.  


      • Jude is the main character in the book, does he have any of your attributes/characteristics? Which traits do you think he could further develop or work on to make him a better person in the story?

      It’s probably inevitable that all of the characters in The Boy I Am are are bound to carry some of my attributes, possibly a load I don’t even recognise. There are certainly traits Jude has, heightened for sure, that I drew on from myself, particularly his negative thinking, routed in his desperation to please and fear of failure. It would be nice if some of his positive traits come from me too, his loyalty and tenacity, for example. If I develop The Boy I Am into a series or write a sequel I really would love to develop his self-confidence as well as his activist side, which only really start to emerge in the last few chapters, as well as show the challenges that come when you develop those traits in a society that pushes such things down.

      • How do you start to write about a fantasy world that the readers can relate to and escape into? 

      At University I studied Politics and Economics, so as the world in the novel developed I would constantly develop a sort of supporting ‘wiki’ covering the financial system, legal, governmental and social structures which provide the scaffolding. All of the systems are built on present day, evolutions of present day structures, or even historical ones. I felt it was really important to ground this world in ours, to make it as clear as I could (given it’s told through the eyes of someone who is taught about the world in a limited way) that the world in the story has our own present as a foundation. It made it easier for me to imagine the world, so I hope it works for the reader to. 

      • Reflecting on the writing process, is there anything that you disliked or would change if you could?

      Probably just the time it took to reach the final story but I love the collaboration process and working with multiple editors, both before and after signing with Little Tiger, was a wonderful journey of discovery. 

      • Your book has been published for nearly a year now, do you think positive and/or any valid critical comments are useful to you as a writer? If so, in what ways?

      I’ve reached the point where reading reviews is no longer helpful, both the kind and positive ones and those for whom the story, for whatever reason, has not resonated. All reviews have fuelled imposter syndrome as I work on my follow-up novel. In the early months they were great, as particularly during the pandemic it was so hard to connect with readers and understand what really connected and what didn’t.  

      • Do you think there are many similarities between the pandemic we are going through and the book you have written? 

      The book was written pre-pandemic but I certainly think that entrenched social groupings, segregated living and the ‘othering’ that can occur in entrenched and trapped communities is present, and was fascinating to see happen in the real world during the pandemic. 

      • You describe yourself as a general nerd wrangler. What are your favourite nerdy things to wrangle with?

      Nerds themselves, mostly. I love people who are passionate about what they do, particularly when it comes to technology. Coders and application builders are as creative and driven as any writer, and the way that the things we use on a daily basis are built are created with much the same way books are created. I have a very evenly split left/right brain, so can marry my logical and creative thinking in ways that some people can’t – I love bringing logical to the creative process and creativity to the logical.