Name: Robb Bartel
Hometown: Franklin (Milwaukee), WI
Book: Robby Raccoon
- Describe your book in 10 words or less. A family of raccoons lives in vacant homes. After eviction by an exterminator, they reunite.
- What made you want to write your book? I work as an exterminator and release all live caught animals. I thought about animal families reuniting after different release times.
- How long did it take you to write your book? One week. I had the idea bouncing around in my head for over a year.
- How do you choose the names of your characters? I kept it simple. The main character and his brother are named after me and my brother.
- What do you do when you have writer’s block? Stop writing and work it out in my head throughout the next day or two.
- What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? When the family gets reunited. They were not sure if they were going to see each other again.
- If you were stuck on an island and had to have one person from each category with you, who would they be and why?
- One character from your book: Mom Raccoon: She stands her ground and will fight for you.
- One fictional character: Iron Man: He is one of my and my son’s favorites. And he may be able to help get us off the island.
- One famous person: Behr Grylls: He is a survivalist and that is handy for a desert island.
- Besides writing, what are your other interests? I love spending time hanging out with my family and pursuing many different art forms.
- Do you keep a journal? No journal, but I do keep a running log of quotes I have created.
- How did you celebrate the publishing of your book? I spent time hanging out with my family.
- If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main characters? I would love Pixar or another animator to make a cartoon of it. Any actors for the voices would be great.
- What did you enjoy most about working with Dorrance Publishing? I loved the illustrations they did and the finished product.
- Five favorite books of all time? Any Golden book, monster children’s books, and Death by Diet.
- One sentence of advice for other writers? Never give up or think that it will not come to be. Keep pressing through low points.