Author Exposed – Steve Metzger

The Neophyte Writer would like to introduce the author, Steve Metzger. His new graphic novel “The Bumble Brothers: Crazy For Comics!” is now available. Scroll down and check out the featured interview to learn more about Steve.

The Junior Library Guild has chosen The Bumble Brothers: Crazy for Comics as a Gold Standard Selection. For a chance to win a copy please stop by Kristi’s Book Nook.

TNW: How long have you been writing?

SM: I’ve been writing since 1996, so that would be 26 years.

TNW: Have you always written for children?

SM: In my writing career, it’s always been for children. Before I started writing, I experienced a variety of jobs, including hotel room clerk, taxi driver, dishwasher, import manager, and most importantly, teacher. Teaching and writing were the best!

TNW: Why did you choose graphic novels?

SM: Graphic novels are an increasingly popular genre of children’s books. They seem to fit the kind of humorous storytelling of the Bumble Brothers’ adventures.

TNW: How difficult was it for you to work with an illustrator to get your ideas put into cartoons?

SM: The illustrator, Brian Schatell, is super-talented. We share a natural chemistry about humor and that made him extremely easy to work with.

TNW: What drives and motivates your writing?

SM: When writing the Bumble Brothers, I am driven to get reluctant readers excited about reading and learning to read.

TNW: Who are some of your favorite authors and why?

SM: In the world of children’s books, my favorite authors/illustrators are Leo Lionni and Tedd Arnold. Leo Lionni because his books are so wise and Tedd Arnold because his books are so clever and funny.

TNW: What books for writers would you recommend?

SM: I would recommend Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud and Show Me a Story: Why Picture Books Matter and Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft, and Life Outside the Box, both by Leonard Marcus.

TNW: What advice do you have for new writers?

SM: It sounds trite, but I would say to write what’s in your heart and not to try tapping into publishing trends. Write what you would enjoy writing about…and read, read, READ!

TNW: What is your next project?

SM: Since the Bumble Brothers will be a three-book graphic novel series, I am now working on finishing up book #2 and I’m still writing book #3.

Author Bio

Steve Metzger is the award-winning author of more than 80 children’s books, including The Way I Act (approved for classroom use by the California Department of Education), Detective Blue (IRA-CBC Children’s Choice List, SLJ starred review), Pluto Visits Earth! (ABC Best Books for Children), and Yes, I Can Listen!” a Eureka! Honor Award winner from the California Reading Association. His latest, The Bumble Brothers: Crazy for Comics! is a middle-grade graphic novel chosen by the Junior Library Guild as a Gold Standard Selection.

Other Information


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Goodreads: Steve Metzger

Thanks so much, Steve for sharing. Be sure to stop by Kristi’s Book Nook to learn more about Steve and his books for kids.

By Kristi Bernard Posted in Writing