This week we caught up with David Carroll, whose first children's book is being published tomorrow! We are always extremely excited for our local, Welsh authors and so were keen to discover more about him, and where his inspiration comes from.
Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I'm David, I live in Cardiff, South Wales and I am a Key Stage 3 teacher. I enjoy working with children and encouraging them to explore their imaginations. I hope to inspire the pupils that I teach to be confident and face their fears, to know they can achieve anything they put their minds to.
I also enjoy being active, playing and coaching football regularly. This has always been a passion of mine as I enjoy being part of a team and working together.
I like to travel and explore new destinations and embrace different cultures. I want to travel the world and try new things; I am always looking to challenge myself.
What first inspired you to start writing?
When I was exploring a new city on holiday with my partner, I had the inspiration to write this book. My family always encourage, motivate and inspire me to challenge myself and when I returned from my trip I decided that it was the time to write the book. From reading lots of books to children, I have seen the joy that they bring. I wanted to write a book that could inspire children and to bring that same joy to them. Many children often have lots of worries and fears about the outside world and I wanted to write this book to encourage them to be brave and to face their fears.
What made you want to work with Rowanvale and be published?
When I initially researched publishing companies, I chose Rowanvale as they are professional, encouraging and thorough in their work. Working with Rowanvale has been seamless and they have been thoroughly supportive throughout the process.
When you’re not writing, what are you reading?
I enjoy reading autobiographies of sportspeople and people who have been in the military. I also enjoy reading David Walliams' books as they are funny, quirky and joyous to read.
Which work are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my recently published book Be Brave, Little Ant as this is my first published book. I had always wanted to write a children's book and I hope the story of Little Ant inspires children to be brave. I am also proud that the proceeds of the book will go to the Ty Hafan Children's Hospice.
What’s your best advice for handling writer's block?
The best advice I could give is to never give up, sometimes it is good to take a break from writing and come back to it with a fresh mindset and new ideas. This always seems to help me.
What’s one thing you always have with you when you’re writing?
When I am writing, I always have a cup of coffee. This is essential for me, it keeps me focused!
What is the one book you would take with you if you were stuck on a desert island?
A survival book as I am not skilled with how to survive on a desert island. And of course, I would take Be Brave, Little Ant with me to ensure that I would be brave and face any challenges that I came up against.
What is the best part about being an independently published author?
Seeing my book being read by children and bringing joy to them. I really enjoy seeing my characters coming to life - it is incredible to think these characters were once just ideas in my head and now they are being shared with everyone. Also knowing that the proceeds of the book are going to Ty Hafan.
What’s next for you?
I would like to continue writing books in the Little Ant series. I am currently writing the next one... stay tuned and be brave...