Thursday, November 26, 2015

Blog Tour: Larry Saves the Prairie with an #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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Matt Bergles, Author of Larry Saves the Prairie, the Story of Larry Haverfield, a True Wildlife Hero

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

The hardest part of writing for me is trying to capture all of the concepts floating around my brain into one coherent, flowing story.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

All the hits of The Beatles, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

No, never.

What book are you reading now?

Thomas Merton’s Seven Storey Mountain.

How did you start your writing career?

Well, I’m not sure it is a career – yet. I started writing children’s books about wildlife because I felt it was a great way to promote childhood literacy while getting a conservation message out.

My next release was inspired by Pope Francis’ latest encyclical, Laudato Si. It will be another children’s book ecumenically looking at what all of the great spiritual/philosophical sages through the ages have taught about wildlife.

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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