-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends ff8c072dd79a91c1300f032d674241a8d64367100ffb1f25fa3f9bec4a05319f
Kidzworld Logo

Gregory Kemp Interview

First-time YA author Gregory Kemp tells Kidzworld how his adventurous, heartwarming novel, The Legends of Vinny Whiskers, came to be.

Bookmonster: Your book is based around a bunch of different animal species, specifically black-tailed prairie dogs and rats. What inspired you to write about these characters?

  • Gregory Kemp: I guess it started at the zoo. I’ve always found the prairie dogs to be one of the most entertaining zoo animals. They are active. They are social. Also, I felt the prairie dog deserved some attention. The prairie dog has been an unrealized hero in animal stories.
  • So why rats? I wanted an enemy that people would be quick to despise. Rats fit the bill. It seems cliché to make the rats the bad guys, because there is such a negative stereotype about rats. My goal is to challenge the stereotype. Is the villain the rat, or people’s disdain for rats? Is it possible to change our opinions about things we hate?

Bookmonster: How do you know so much about these wild creatures? Did you ever work at a zoo?

  • Gregory Kemp: I never worked at a zoo, nor do I have a degree in wildlife management, veterinary science, or zoology. I do have a PhD in BSology, which is far more important when writing fantasy. That’s the truth of it. I didn’t do much research. I read a few animal books and I visited the National Zoo in Washington, DC. Then I started to write. I’m probably in dangerous territory because while most of the information about the various animals is factual, I made up a lot of stuff also.

Bookmonster: Do you have a favorite children’s/young adult author? If so, how have they inspired you in your writing?

  • Gregory Kemp: Piers Anthony. His writing is crisp, funny, and imaginative. That’s what I’m trying to do.

Page 2 of our Interview with Gregory Kemp

Related Stories:

 

0 Comments

Related Stories

Micro munsch micro
You've probably read a Robert Munsch book at some point in your life; he's one of the best-sellin...
Micro dahl micro
Roald Dahl is one of the most beloved children's authors of all time. Though he's no longer alive...
First-time YA author Gregory Kemp tells Kidzworld how his adventurous, heartwarming novel, The Le...
Dive into the exciting, heartwarming and unforgettable adventure of The Legend of Vinny Whiskers ...
F1106271117796

What's Your Fave Kind Of Book?

  • Mystery.
  • Scary.
  • Romance.
  • Fantasy

General In The Forums

nrfrvltmrdftw06
nrfrvltmrdftw06 posted in Random:
10
reply 31 minutes
inkdeath
inkdeath posted in Debating:
"AnnaOfExquizurd" wrote:I meant by "But it is true, Sophieex_, that cyberbullying can be worse in that sense"Nope.  as she said "because they exploit the anonymity that the Internet gives them, and they say more hurtful and cruel things". Yeah, a real-life bully could do the same, but they have less time to think on what they'd say so they would probably just blurt it out. Nope.  I do agree that real-life bullying is often worse than cyberbullying, though, so I agree with your point. Not all bullies would go up to someone and start spewing out hurtful stuff without thinking about it, Um, what? I've been called terrible things by real life bullies. Where was their "think before I say it?" so it does really depend on the bully/cyberbully and the method they use.Nope.
reply about 3 hours
OldManWith5Cats
OldManWith5Cats posted in Random:
Yaaay! Im not alooone! Im so glad there are people here who have some idea about schizophrenia. Thanks everyone who posted
reply about 3 hours
AnnaOfExquizurd
I meant by "But it is true, Sophieex_, that cyberbullying can be worse in that sense" as she said "because they exploit the anonymity that the Internet gives them, and they say more hurtful and cruel things". Yeah, a real-life bully could do the same, but they have less time to think on what they'd say so they would probably just blurt it out. I do agree that real-life bullying is often worse than cyberbullying, though, so I agree with your point. Not all bullies would go up to someone and start spewing out hurtful stuff without thinking about it, so it does really depend on the bully/cyberbully and the method they use.
reply about 4 hours
xXSomeoneWasHereXx
Before I get started with the prologue I just want to  let you guys know this has not been completely edited yet. I'm going to be posting them in chapters/sections. Prologue The air was still crisp, though the explosion had happened weeks ago. But then again, nothing seemed like it was a few weeks ago. The explosion had come out of nowhere; nobody really knew what happened. Some say somebody left their stove on. Others say somebody made it happen on purpose. I don’t know what to believe, I don’t even know if anyone else is alive. All I know is that my parents died in the explosion. I don’t know if I have any sibling, aunts, uncles. I’m surprised I’m alive, my clothes are still singed from the fire. I haven’t found any supplies. I don’t even know which way I’m supposed to go. I doubt you would want to know my name, but in case you were wondering it’s Blake...Blake Hensworth.
reply about 4 hours