Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Virtual Book Tour: Larry Saves the Prairie by Matt Bergles #interview

Children's Book 
Date Published: September 1, 2015

Through the voices of Annabelle and Angus, discover what almost happened to wildlife on the Kansas prairie. When Larry receives a letter that says he must destroy the prairie dogs on his land, he and some of his neighbors join together to make certain that all wildlife remain unharmed. Not only were black-tailed prairie dogs at risk of destruction but the already-endangered black-footed ferrets were at risk of becoming extinct. 

In Larry Saves the Prairie, with the help of Annabelle and Angus, you'll discover what it means to be a true hero, and most especially, what it took to save prairie wildlife in Kansas.

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Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?

Absolutely! The message is that humanity needs to strive to create a future in which wildlife habitat conservation is a priority, not an afterthought. That future will be a world in which abundant wildlife and wildlife habitat, healthy economies and healthy cultures are mutual and complementary priorities.

 Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Yes, winnowing down the multitude of concepts dancing around my head into a coherent, readable story is very challenging for me.

 How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

I have written three books. The first two were strictly academic, so Larry Saves the Prairie is by far my favorite.

 If you had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

Without hesitation, I would pick Robert Duval because he physically resembles Larry Haverfield and I think his superb acting abilities would be able to bring out the passion for his cause Mr. Haverfield had.

 When did you begin writing?

I began writing this book about a year ago.

 How long did it take to complete your first book?

It took about ten months to complete.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

No, not really. In this case, I had a real-life character who inspired me.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

My favorite part of the writing process is when thoughts flow smoothly from my brain, down my arms, hands and fingers onto the computer screen!

 Describe your latest book in 4 words.

Essentially inspiring young minds.

 Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

My current work is all about inspiring an enhanced wildlife conservation ethic for the future. My future work will continue that theme by teaching kids about what the great spiritual/philosophical sages have said through the ages about conservation of the natural world.

Matt Bergles is a Colorado native who grew up in Pueblo, Colorado. He earned a bachelor's degree in social science from CSU-Pueblo, his master's degree in U.S. history, and a Ph.D. in public affairs at CU Denver, as well as a certificate in alternative dispute resolution. 

Matt currently teaches at a K-8 private school in Denver, where he has witnessed firsthand young, inner-city kids' curiosity and love of animals and nature, observing that every time they are asked what community service project or charitable cause they'd like to be involved with, most K-3 students pick something related to domestic animals or wildlife. This natural love and curiosity led Matt to write Larry Saves the Prairie for young children.

Matt is an independent researcher and advocate for wildlife conservation, especially conservation of prairie habitat. Matt lives in Denver with his wife, Kate, two children, Luke and Mary, and dog Samuel. He is a volunteer coach, a private pilot, and has helped teach his teenage son to fly.

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