Another children’s book for the young readers in your life – and what an adorable cover! This author is no stranger to paranormal encounters (I’d love to have visited the Stanley Hotel with him and his daughter) and has experienced several. Welcome David Radman!
Do you believe in any ‘mythical’ monsters like chupacabras or shadow people?
I do. In 2010 my wife and I moved into a home in Littleton, Colorado with our 5 children. During the first year we encountered numerous incidents that included all 7 of us. We witnessed shadow people in multiple rooms, moving closet doors, snoring entities on our staircase, full volume DVD players turning on in the middle of the night, our pet cat and dog hissing and barking at specific locations on our balcony, coats that we saw move on a coat rack by themselves, and much, much, more.
What is the spookiest ghost story you’ve ever heard?
Growing up in Lakewood, Colorado, just a few miles from Red Rocks Amphitheatre, I was frequently told the story of the Red Rocks Hatchet Lady. There are several variations of the story, and the woman who’s child had died up there, but it was believed that if you go to Red Rocks on Friday the 13th, and stand on the 13th seat of the 13th row, and yell out “Cry baby, cry!”, that the Hatchet Lady would swoop down from the rocks, and chop off your head. Needless to say I never had the guts to try it.
Would you rather go to a real haunted house or watch a horror movie marathon?
One of my daughters was born on Halloween, and her favorite holiday came to follow. When she was in her 20’s, I took her up to Estes Park, and the Stanley Hotel, to spend the night for her birthday, and tour this historic area. Little did I know that, not only would we encounter several experiences that night, but later, while trying to watch tv in our room, we found out that every channel they had available, were all playing a different part of “The Shining”. Knowing that there was no alternative but to watch it, I feel like I experienced a unique horror movie marathon in a haunted house at the same time.
Have you ever tried to write a novel in a genre you rarely or never read?
Although my niche is in children’s books, I do have a special place for novelists. Before I wrote any stories, my journey as an author took many turns. I began writing poetry and music, then tried my hand at screenplays. At one point I challenged myself to attempt writing a novel, but to my surprise, I just couldn’t do it. I quickly realized just how complicated writing a much longer project, with much more detail, and the expectation of keeping the reader’s attention would be. My specialty was writing shorter stories, and my utmost respect goes out to those of you who have the capability of writing a novel. There is a very special talent involved in that.
What is your kryptonite as a writer?
One of the challenges that I never expected, when I began writing my children’s stories, was how my schedule was going to conflict with my ability to sit and write. I have never been able to schedule a time to sit and write. Instead, I would often be hit with an inspiration at the most inconvenient time. Like in the middle of a meeting at work, where I would have to scribble notes on the back of receipts so as not to forget what just came to me, or at 3:00 am, where I would have to get up and go to my computer. Many of these early morning sessions wouldn’t tell me what I was going to write, only that I needed to sit down and wait. Some days it would last a few minutes, and other days I’d be flirting with being late to work.
What are you working on now?
I love that enough of my fans and followers will reach out and ask, “What’s next?” Although I have plenty of good rhyming stories written, only a few of them I feel are ready to be submitted and have illustrations begin. That being said, a part of me has wanted to break from the books, and go back to the songs I wrote in the 80’s. I didn’t have anything but a cassette copy of rough recordings back then, and now I have a chance, with today’s technology, to go back and make decent recordings, before I lose them forever. These songs I am putting on my YouTube channel, mostly for my own enjoyment and preservation. One day I might want to share those with others.
But in the world of children’s books, I have an idea of which one I’ll do next. When I would take my daughters out to play, we would get in the car and drive through neighborhoods, looking for different playgrounds to play on. So often we would meet people who would be tired of their own playgrounds, while we would seek new ones every day. That led me to write, “The Playground Hop”, which I will probably get back to in the near future.
Ready, set, boo! It’s Halloween night, and there is one house on the block that offers more than just tricks or treats. If you stop by, you might be greeted by two of the friendliest ghosts you could ever meet, and they are dying for someone to stay and play a game with them.
Meet Peek and Boo, two lovable characters who invite you into their home for some “not too scary” Halloween fun. But beware, there are many surprising things to see and do inside. If you are brave enough to stay and play, you might meet a lot of others here too. Peek and Boo will be looking for you, to share all the fun of Halloween, without all of the fright.
“When Grandpa Gets Going” can be found at https://www.amazon.com/When-Grandpa-Going-David-Radman/dp/1612969992
“Peek and Boo are Looking for You” can be found at https://www.amazon.com/Peek-Boo-are-Looking-You/dp/1684334055
“Santa’s Zany, Wacky Just not Right Night Before Christmas” can be found at https://www.amazon.com/Santas-Wacky-Right-Before-Christmas/dp/1933302240
“I Bet a Dragon Could” can be found at https://www.amazon.com/Bet-Dragon-Could-David-Radman/dp/1684339375
Titles published by Black Rose Writing can be found at www.BlackRoseWriting.com
Author Bio and Social Media
I am an award winning author who began writing children’s stories as a single father, when my two daughters were very young. My love of being a dad inspired me to share my creativity through the magic of storytelling. My first book, “Santa’s Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right Night Before Christmas”, won the gold medal Moonbeam Award in 2014, and was a finalist in the USA Best Books competition that same year.
In 2019 my second book, “When Grandpa Gets Going”, was published by Black Rose Writing.
In 2020 my third book, “Peek and Boo are Looking for You”, was published by Black Rose Writing.
In 2022 my fourth book, “I Bet a Dragon Could”, was published by Black Rose Writing.
I continue to write stories that I hope to be able to share in the future. I live in Littleton, Colorado with my wife and stepson.
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You can also find out about me and my books at https://www.amazon.com/David-Radman/e/B07C11TKNF