Patrick Yukman an 11 year old via his mother Sandi Yukman interview with David Alan Binder

Post date: Mar 2, 2016 2:27:35 PM

Patrick Yukman an 11 year old via his mother Sandi Yukman interview with David Alan Binder



1. How do you pronounce your name?

Sounds like “yook-man”

2. Where are you currently living?

Colorado Springs, CO

3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

The kids have always kept journals on their summer vacations. Patrick was 11 years old when he decided he would write a book. Patrick and Becki have always loved books but never really aspired to be writer.

4. How long on average does it take you to write a book?

This is Patrick’s first book and it tool him approximately 2 years to write the book, as he only worked on it during down time (summer) while in middle-school.

5. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

Random times and for random durations. Patrick wrote hard for a few weeks then it would sit untouched for a few weeks.

6. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Patrick, at 11 years old, had a very impressive grasp of children’s literature and loved stories. He’d make up stories. He wrote only a few of them down. He dreamed more than wrote.

7. Did you self publish or have a publisher?

a. If publisher, who is the name of your publisher and in what city are they?


8. How do you feel about eBooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?

I love ebooks but there is no replacement for a children’s book. They are collected and pass from generation to generation. This book is 2 kids telling other kids how to love camping and hiking and mother nature.

9. What process did you go through to get your book published?

Used on-line tools and some individual research.

10. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Family adventure.

11. When did you write your first book and how old were you?

11 years old.

12. What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Hiking, running, singing, traveling.

13. What does your family think of your writing?

So very proud! Patrick is a pretty good youngster writing for other youngsters.

14. How many books have you written? 1 Which is your favorite? The Colorado Trail, from a Child’s Point of View

15. Do you hear from your readers much? Just a few have talked with me about it.

What kinds of things do they say? “Couldn’t put it down”. “So funny”

16. Who is your main audience for your books? Ages 10-14

17. What do you think makes a good story? Describing the story from your own point of view.

18. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? No idea.

19. How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book? I liked nature and going hiking and I love my family.

20. . Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? If you write more than one field or genre, how do you balance them? Patrick and Becki are kids writing to kids.

21. What do you think most characterizes your writing?

Funny child editorials.

22. How did you get to be where you are in your life today? Hard Work. Good Support system.

23. Are you a full-time or part-time writer? No longer writing.

24. What are some day jobs that you have held? Software Devleoper

25. Did any of them impact your writing? No

26. What makes your book stand out from the crowd? Proceeds donated back to the Colorado Trail so the readers (children) can enjoy it when they are ready.

27. What are some ways in which you promote your work? Visiting books stores.

28. What do you like to read in your free time? Interesting books about how our society is working today with all the technology, etc.

29. What projects are you working on at the present? None

30. If you had one thing you could do over (concerning writing, publishing, etc.), what would it be and why? Start the process sooner. Expect a larger expenditure.

31. What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Patrick, would you do this trip again and if so, what would you change?

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