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Written by Marin
34 Pages | Publisher: Fontreal
Publisher’s Book Summary: Art is autistic and artistic. Art has just one friend – his teddy bear. Art does not speak, but he makes art. Art that dismisses gravity.
The publication crowns the artist and turns royalty into a mere audience. The sophisticated illustrations inspire readers to express their emotions, verbalize their feelings, and create their own stories.
I am excited to share my interview with Marin. He is proud to be a self-published children’s book creator. He writes his stories, illustrates the books, designs the covers, formats the pages, and publishes the volumes. He even creates new fonts for his publications to make them one-of-a-kind.
Marin lives with his family on the Canadian East Coast.
For more information, visit https://fontreal.com.
As an author of children’s books, you use only your first name only. Why?
It is easy for children to pronounce it.
How do you come up with your stories? Some of them are quite unusual.
As I mentioned in the beginning of the interview, my mind loves to travel. Sometimes - although not very often – we meet. My mind shares with me stories, I write them down, and place the copyright symbol in front of my name.
You have only one book that was not illustrated by you. Why only one?
For good luck. Although I am not superstitious.
Why do your illustrations differ from each other? It seems every book has a new visual style…
True. I believe it is a professional dishonor if an artist develops a style and stops there – no matter how likeable and financially rewarding the style. Creative people must constantly search, explore and change– it is in our DNA. In addition, my stories “tell” me how they want to be illustrated. To make my books visually-appealing and thought-provoking I have to listen to their requests. This way – when ideas, words, images, and layout happily match and marry, the picture book becomes a cohesive piece of art.
When did you write your first story? How did you start?
Honestly, I never thought I would be creating children’s books. My first book was a celebration of my son’s name – Alexander. He went away to finish his first university degree - biomedical science and my obligations were not necessary anymore. No more hockey matches, parental supervision or soccer games - therefore I had the time. It came to my mind that my son’s name ALEXANDER could be divided into two – ALEX and ER. I had no idea about a theme, sequence of events, or protagonists – just the name. After I finished writing the book, I did the illustrations. Then I created the font and designed the cover. Finally, I made the layout of the publication. When I finished, I realized that I was hooked. I still keep a few typos in my first book “The Adventure of Alex and Er”- this way it feels more authentic.
What is your personal motto? Is there any sentence that has stood out to you as such?
Yes, my grandfather’s advice, which I broke once and paid dearly. He told me never to play leapfrog with
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