About the Author
Author Christopher Conroy currently lives in Los Angeles, California, but was born in Ireland and raised in Canada. He grew up in a large family consisting of seven children, and a mother and father who by his own description were “loving, moral, fun and pure magic.” Conroy says he was heavily influenced by John Steinbeck growing up, and also likes Jack London and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but that the “main influence for ANZARD came from that magical place in my mind where I write.”
Q & A with Christopher Conroy
HOW WAS ANZARD DEVELOPED?
ANZARD was developed from a two words that I kept hearing as I interacted with people in my daily life and those two words were ‘I KNEW’.
What drew my attention to those two words as they were also accompanied by some regret like “I knew that milk was sour” or “I knew I was turning down the wrong street” or “I knew that was a bad restaurant” or “I knew that person was going to be a problem”.
Well while hiking in the mountains one day the thought came to me that I wanted to give those two words “I KNEW” a name and that name was “ANZARD”. In joined parts of two words to form the name; part “ANGEL” and part “WIZARD”. From that point on the book ANZARD was developed.
WHY DID YOU FEEL YOU HAD TO WRITE THIS PARTICULAR BOOK?
I felt I had to write this particular book as I felt people would enjoy the adventure and fun of it.
But also the message that went with my book ANZARD would, I believe, strengthen the certainty and creativity of others by learning to trust their instincts.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART IN WRITING THIS BOOK?
The hardest part of writing this book was not letting the fun of writing it make me forget the need for the structure needed to make a well written book … and that was tough as I had so much fun writing it.
WHAT DO YOU WANT READERS TO TAKE FROM ANZARD?
What I want readers to take from this book is everyone on this planet is important and special and we are all given tremendous gifts from this universe and we only need to listen, trust and be aware of them.
WHAT 4 TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE A PERSON TO BE A WRITER OF CHILDREN FICTION?
ONE: Make it fun. Children love fun and that’s why we have playgrounds and amusement parks.
TWO: Write from their viewpoint not adults. If necessary talk to kids and their parents or just observe. You must make what you write real to your audience.
THREE: Structure. Make as professional and well structure as you can. Just because it’s a kid’s book doesn’t mean it can be written as an amateur would write it. Children are a lot more aware than you may realize.
FOUR: Happy Ending. A book should be a vehicle of pleasure for a child’s mind. They’re beginning their journey in life and they are entitled to as much hope and promise as your creativity can offer to them.
WHO IS CHRISTOPHER CONROY?
I am an Irish/Canadian who had magical parents and childhood surrounded by books and nature. I love life and I love the people in my world. I like music, sports, family and most of all I love to write.
DO YOU BELIEVE IT IS IMPORTANT FOR WRITERS TO BE AVID READERS?
Absolutely. Reading makes the imagination grow. Reading forces you to make your vision of the story and how the characters look. At one Academy Awards Presentation Steven Spielberg said one of the tragedies of this generation was the loss of readers. I believe most writers were at one-point avid readers. Books are food for the soul.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE/ACHIEVEMENT AS AN AUTHOR?
My biggest challenge as an author was to overcome all obstacles in my way and trust my communication, as a writer would overcome any resistance this world could throw at me.
WHAT PROJECTS ARE IN THE WORKS FOR YOU?
My present project is another Children’s book but my manager is so excited about it she has not allowed me to discuss it with anyone until it is released. It is fun though and it involves magical animals.
WHERE CAN READERS FIND YOU?
I can be found at www.anzard.com
For More Information
- Visit Christopher Conroy’s website.
About the Book:
Author Christopher Conroy has just released a book for kids aged 8-12 called ANZARD. Teachers, parents, producers…take note! This appealing and well-written book would give Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) reason to worry. As a matter of fact if you mixed in one part Harry Potter, with one part Pinocchio then added a generous helping of Alice in Wonderland…you’d get Anzard!
ANZARD tells the story of how a young boy named Justin Cavell learns to listen to that voice inside him and trust his instincts. He also learns how his dreams and wishes can come true: Justin becomes more aware of himself and his potential to turn his dreams and wishes into reality.
One dark and stormy night, as Justin is anxiously awaiting the return of his parents and praying for their safe return from a long overdue plane trip, he is visited by Poofy, a tiny, magical pixie who comes from the faraway planet, Spiritainia. Justin is escorted to this wonderful world of Spiritainia by the Anzard pixie, Poofy. Aside from Poofy, Justin is joined by his own Tribe of Truth – that include such memorable characters as Regal the Eagle, Turner the Turtle, Chumpah the Chipmunk and Billy the Goat – define Justin’s inner voice and help him in his quest of self-discovery.
Justin also learns to resolve conflict, which arrives in the form of an evil witch named Nosefeen, and captures Poofy as Poofy is guiding Justin to the Path of Possibilities. Through these adventures, Justin grows stronger and develops self-esteem, enabling him to return to Earth, find his parents, and guide them home safely.
ANZARD opens up a world of rewards for kids who learn to develop and trust their inner voice. The book helps them to become more aware and enlightened.
The ANZARD book cover is beautifully illustrated by Peter Green Design of Glendale, California who also designs for film companies, sporting teams and many other businesses including DreamWorks, McDonald’s, The Walt Disney Company, LEGOLAND, The NBA, HBO, FOX Kids Networks, and the “Game of Thrones” fantasy drama television series, to name a few.
“A timeless, yet very modern story of a young boy’s journey to a magical new world, filled with enchanting characters and thrilling adventure. You owe yourself a trip to Spiritania.”
– Victoria Lucas, Producer
“My nephew loved ANZARD so much I had to see what got him so excited. After the first chapter I was hooked. I normally don’t read this kind of fiction (fantasy) but the storyline was compelling enough to make me locate the author’s website and post this review.
Can’t wait to read Mr. Conroy’s next novel!”
– D. Butler, Amazon Post
Justin’s story can even appeal to adults. Says Mr. Conroy, “I want my readers to come away happier, more aware and enlightened…as a child I was aware of many things but I constantly invalidated that awareness. I shouldn’t have. Those gifts are precious. Our inner awareness should be nurtured and cultivated, especially by parents and the child who has those gifts. Maybe some part of Anzard will awaken those powers.”
For More Information
- Anzard is available at Amazon.
- Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
- Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.