Welcome everyone to a very special interview with G. Brian Benson, author of Steve the Alien. Here’s a bit about the book:
“Steve the Alien” is a 54 page rhyming out of this world adventure story where earth boy meets alien boy.
Camilla: What is Steve the Alien about and what does it help teach?
Brian: On a routine walk to school, Zeke encounters more than he bargains for when a lovable space alien named Steve unexpectedly visits him on Earth while on a grand scavenger hunt through outer space! Young readers will enjoy this fun rhyming journey that teaches them the importance of sharing and to be accepting of new friends.
Camilla: Tell us about how the phrase, “It’s never too late”, ties in with Steve the Alien?
Brian: I first started writing “Steve the Alien” way back in 2004. I wrote about half of the story yet couldn’t quite figure out how to finish it. I set it down for 3 years and picked it back up and finished it in 2007.
I then signed a contract with a company in 2010 that was going to make “Steve the Alien” into a moving picture book on an app. I was thrilled! Then after about a year and a half, the company ran out of money and “Steve the Alien” was shelved again.
After getting them to release me from the contract “Steve” sat another 5 years before I got the courage to bring him to life this year. Today it sits climbing the Amazon best-seller rankings on its long awaited book release launch today. Life is strange.
Camilla: Is there a certain children’s book writer who inspired you?
Brian: Yes! I have always loved Dr. Seuss and enjoy writing in rhyme.
Camilla: What final message would you like to share?
Brian: I am truly thankful that I finally got to bring “Steve the Alien” to life. It’s a project that always gave me a lot of joy while I was writing it and I had hoped way back then that I would be able to see this rhyming adventure spring to life in vivid illustrations some day. And although I had to wait 12 years…that day is finally here! It’s never too late.
Thank you so much Brian for your time. I personally love that this book touches on the importance of acceptance.
Brian also has created a wonderful video going into a bit more detail about the book. It even includes him reading a few excerpts from the book! Love this!
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Wonderfully exciting news! My 11 year old son’s book, Biggest Little Photographer, has arrived! So exciting! Be Inspired. Buy one for yourself or as a gift.