Today we talk about Deeno loses his sunglasses, a book by Aaron Broughton published with our publishing house Europe Books.
Europe Books had the pleasure of interviewing the author Aaron Broughton to get to know him better, when he found the inspiration that brought him to the writing of his book Deeno loses his sunglasses, as well how illustrations are important in a children’s book.
Below you can find our interview. Take a seat and enjoy your reading!!!
- Where did you find the inspiration to talk about Deeno and its adventures?
Deeno and his adventures, was created to bring humour, life lessons and interaction to all who read it, but most importantly Deeno is a symbol of hope. When the global pandemic (covid) and its restrictions were implemented in our community, I found it hard to adapt to the thought of not being able to visit family, and to be with the ones I love. Deeno was a form of mental escape as my imagination ran free even though physically, we were bound strictly to our homes. Deeno is named after my father Dee. The children in the book represent my nephews and nieces. I decide that if I couldn’t be with them, then I would create stories that would represent them. Humanity globally was suffering at the time of the pandemic, and my heart went out to all the families and especially the children who were also trapped by restrictions and home bound rules. Deeno was created in the hope of bringing laughter, humour and the unbreakable bond of unity and togetherness in order to help surpass those testing times.
- How important do you think illustrations are in a children’s book?
Illustrations in a children’s book I think are most important, as it helps the imagination of the reader and their audience to create their own reality. Children are innocent and deserve the change to create their own happiness in the world, without prejudice or discrimination. Bold, descriptive pictures allow the children to experience their own unique adventure, every time. To be in touch with the audience is one thing, but to have a connection with an audience and the illustrator is a true blessing. I am thankful to be part of a great team that is able to connect in multiple ways to achieve the best result. I believe that if the illustrations are able to connect with the children it allows them to create their own unique moments.
- What would you like to hear from your readers?
Knowing or hearing that I have made a difference in someone’s life would just be a humbling achievement in itself and would also indicate that I’ve succeeded in getting the job done, mission accomplished. I hope that Deeno is able to bring joy, hope and unity to create an awesome experience for both the child and the reader. I am just thankful to be part of this journey to introduce Deeno to the world. I would love to hear that Deeno had brought joy and happiness to their lives, and to hear that people have enjoyed what they have read would be most satisfying to me as the author. My intentions are to try to bring the best to everything I do so I hope Deeno does justice. The hope that the rhymes and illustrations are a treat to the ears and eyes would be a great thing to hear, as it would mean that I am on the right track. If the reader and the audience are content with what has been out forward, then I am truly grateful and thankful.
- How did it feel to see you book published?
It felt great. I was thankful and very pleased that Europe Books gave me a shot. Europe books have done an amazing job. There are still moments that I google the website, just to make sure Deeno is still out there, lol, but for sure I am very happy and proud. I couldn’t have done this without the great support team within the Europe Book Family. I have to be honest; the anxiety of my book being accepted or not, made me nervous. I was very happy and pleased with my writing but have always been hard on myself, I had to make sure things were done to the best of my abilities, in order to produce the best possible outcome. In regard to my writing, I hope that I can achieve the excellence that is necessary to create something great. I write to hopefully entertain and give hope and joy, so when I realised that my book had been finally published, it was truly humbling. I am very grateful and hope that good fortune continues to bless me with great stories, so that I can bring imagination and adventure to all that choose to read my work.
- Are you working on new writing projects that you can tell us about?
I can reveal that I have also completed 11 more adventures of Deeno. When creating Deeno, I wrote a completed series. I have also written other children’s stories, a few songs and have started my autobiography, and my aim is to relate to any age group, culture and language. I hope one day I will be given the opportunity to publish the rest of my work and bring my style of writing to the world. Being able to create a work that engages, unites and bring joy and entertains an audience feels awesome. Deeno belongs to everyone! If we as adults can embrace in the importance of bringing joy to our children, then we succeed in the importance of giving our children a great start in life. Tools through lessons and examples for them to use in their day to day lives, and knowledge to help them achieve, create, give and understand. I hope that Deeno reaches everybody in good spirit and health.
Europe Books thanks the author Aaron Broughton once again for taking the time and answering our questions. We are really pleased to have walked alongside him on the editorial path that led to the publication of his book Deeno loses his sunglasses. We wish him the best of luck for his book and for his future works.
To you, my dear reader I hope Deeno brings you joy and hope, and the lovely illustrations bring you a great experience to enjoy. And remember that, no matter how adult you are, books for children have a lot to teach us all! Written in simple and clear concepts, illustrated children’s book have the ability to give us important life lessons or they put us back in touch with our forgotten child side which just needs to be awoken.
So, my dear reader, all I have to say is to enjoy your reading!