Posted by: nancyisanders | October 17, 2008

Author Interview: David Domeniconi

Meet Author David Domeniconi!

E-mail: domeniconi@comcast.net
Web site: david-domeniconi.com

Bio: I grew up in San Francisco and graduated from San Francisco State College. I did free-lance newspaper and magazine writing before my Sleeping Bear Press books. Golden Numbers is my fourth book for them. My wife and I live just outside of Healdsburg in the California wine country. We own and operate an art gallery in town, J. Howell Fine Art, featuring work of contemporary California Artists.

Featured Book:
Golden Numbers
by David Domeniconi
Illustrated by Pam Carroll
Sleeping Bear Press, 2008

Author and California native David Domeniconi continues his celebration of the great state of California in Golden Numbers. The book is a perfect way for parents and kids to experience the vast and rich diversity of one of America’s most interesting states.

In Golden Numbers, readers discover many unusual sports that got their start in California, the five active volcanoes that dot the state, why the widow of the inventor of the Winchester rifle built such an enormous house in San Jose, what makes the Golden State the home of the electric guitar, and how a garage in Mountain View was key in transforming the way people use information.

The paintings by California artist Pam Carroll perfectly depict the history, natural beauty, and iconic images of the Golden State, including scenes of the Golden Gate Bridge, Pacific Grove’s monarch butterflies and the eight National Parks that call California “home.”

Interview:

Q: Describe a highlight for you personally while you were writing this book.
A: I guess that would be some where in the middle of writing the book when I stumbled on my unifying theme–I like California, you like California, everyone likes California–because it is the best place in the world. I made that my running gag and went with it.

Q: Describe part of the research process it took to write this manuscript.
A: I get my information from a lot of different sources–online, libraries, e-mails and phone calls to places I want to include. I try to avoid Wikipedia even though you could get just about everything you need to know from there.

Q: Share one tip you would like to give to a children’s author about writing a numbers book.
A: My one tip would be to have fun with it. That was what I decided to do after looking over some of my earlier work which seem a bit ponderous. I wanted this book to be easy and fun but not necessarily simple. I recently read the book for several classes of 1st and 2nd graders and I seem to have gotten what I wanted.


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