Name : V. R. Duin is the pen name of Terry Verduin
Where do you live? Palm Beach County, FL
Tell us a little about yourself (your education, family life, etc.)
Florida Disability Attorney, lives on a small horse farm.
What is your genre?
Rhyming, illustrated picture books.
When and why did you begin writing? (What inspired you to write your first book?)
The complications, standardization and limitations of today’s school curriculum prompted me to develop a blend of traditional and contemporary readers that would hold children’s attention for supplemental learning at home. In addition, I noted that rhyming verse had fallen out of favor in mainstream. Work with disability law indicated that rhyming helps all children sound out words as they learn to read, and it is more memorable than prose. At a time when holidays are also largely verboten in schools, I incorporated holidays into my work. My first two books were published in 2009.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Deliberate and painstaking edits – over and over again – often enduring for years.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Reader-response to my platform influenced the transition.
Do you have to travel much to market your book(s)?
Travel has not been a large part of my promotional effort. However, I have visited schools and libraries in Kentucky and North Carolina in addition to my local school visits in Palm Beach, County, Florida.
Who designs your book covers?
Bonnie Lemaire, the wonderful illustrator of each of V. R. Duin’s books, working in collaboration with the author. However, increasingly, Bonnie’s ultimate discretion has taken the controls. She now has the final decision on cover design as well as on most illustrations.
What is your current project?
Currently, the 8 published books are being revised to list all titles and the website in each, for reader convenience. We are also seeking to transition from self-published to mainstream.
What, if anything, are you reading now?
Outliers, The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell.
What books and/or authors have influenced your life most?
My editing team has been more critical than any book(s) or any other author(s).
Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
The Facebook Fan Clubs (Goopy Ghost, Little Ray and V. R. Duin) operate like blogs. They may be accessed from the website and are full of fun and information.
We also have a social presence on Twitter, Google and Linked-In.
Would you be kind enough to share a little of your current work with us?
There are 12 manuscripts in the line-up, including four more sequels for the Goopy Ghost series, one for Little Ray’s series and an unpublished trilogy. The rest are independent titles, like The Foxy Armadillos.
Do you have anything else you would like to share with my readers?
The Accelerated Reader questions (see: website) for the books are in use in numerous schools and libraries as well as in households across the country. Four video trailers show the animation potential of the V. R. Duin book characters for film, television, live entertainment and interactive media. They are used at readings. In place are registered trademarks for the Goopy Ghost book series, for allied products and for the V. R. Duin pen name. A complete platform, showing commercial potential, seems essential in today’s hugely competitive market.