While getting himself into and out of messes in his books fills up most of his time, he also loves singing in choir, eating tater tots, playing as many board games as possible, and daydreaming for fun and profit. In addition, he's a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Visit him at www.jonathanschkade.com (aka ickystickybible.com).
NS A question close to the heart of every author: How and when did you find the nerve/inspiration to quit your day job?
It's gross, but it's not a gross-out book. It's funny, but it's respectful of the source material. This book emphasizes kid-friendly aspects of stories; it does not alter their content.
There always a bit of nagging concern that what I write won’t be quite as brilliant as I know it can be. I have a big enough ego to believe it will be good, but good isn’t good enough. I want excellent. I want perfect. And perfect is a pretty unforgiving standard to judge yourself against. So I have to put that aside, at least until I get to the revision stage. ;)
And to you, Jonathan! You are an inspiration to so many others. And, again, on a personal note, to me as well. All best wishes to you as you continue this journey so many of us have chosen around the profession of writing.
Independent bookstores (http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780758626714), various Christian chains (in store and online)
Also sold directly by my publisher at http://www.cph.org/p-18152-icky-sticky-hairy-scary-bible-stories-60-poems-for-kids.aspx