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EntErtainmEnt by Matt Conner
The Monster in the Hollows
Author: Andrew Peterson
It might surprise you to learn that Andrew Peterson is quite the creative entrepreneur. Most love Peterson for his warm, organic musical arrangements, like his recent “Dancing in the Minefields,” that convey truth and beauty in meaningful ways. Yet that’s just one facet of a career marked by several spinning plates.
In addition to releasing several critically acclaimed albums, Peterson is also a celebrated children’s author. His current series, The Wingfeather Saga, won the coveted Christy Award in 2010, and this new third entry (of a four-book series), The Monster in the Hollows, holds as much adventure as the first two.
Even though Peterson clearly has a gift for children’s literature, he admits it’s not what he pictured. In fact, he started out writing for an entirely different age group, only to be told by his own brother that it was “very lame.” After putting that project aside, Peterson read some classic books to his own kids and that became the impetus for the creative change.
“That was right about the time I read the Narnia series to my sons, and reading that woke up in me this love for children’s stories. It reminded me just how wonderful well-written, truth-telling children’s stories can be.”
It’s funny then that Peterson also believed it might be easier to start writing for children, as if it is a steppingstone to get into future writing. He laughs as he describes learning otherwise.
“I went into it thinking that if it’s a children’s book, I wouldn’t have
to try as hard,” says Peterson. “But man, I could not have been more wrong about that one. Madeleine L’Engle says it’s much more difficult to try to write for children than adults, and it was much more difficult than I thought it would be. “
When it came to writing the first book in the series, On The Edge Of The Dark Sea Of Darkness, Peterson had a difficult time starting his own project and tried to become inspired instead by reading other books.
He quickly realized the trap that mindset can become.
“I think one of the first things a lot of authors do is search for the magic key to write a book,” says
Peterson. “You end up going to Barnes and Nobles spending a lot of money on books on how to write books. I think they should be moved from the reference section and to the procrastination section of the bookstore, because that’s what they are. There’s a giant selection of books supported by procrastination. The only secret is to sit down and just write and do the best that you can along the way.”
For more inFormation on Peterson’s multiple creative outlets, check out his website at www.andrew-Peterson.com