An Interview with Children's Book Author, Steve Nguyen
Steve Nguyen is an incredible artist, filmmaker, storyteller, and now children’s book author with his very first book, “To Baby From Daddy.” Personally written and illustrated with love, this delightful book puts a voice to a father’s love. We had the chance to ask Steve a little more about his work and his book. Here’s what he said:
What inspired you to write and illustrate a book to your daughter?
My entire inspiration for this children’s book was to capture that exact moment when I found out that I was going to be a father. There were so many thoughts and emotions running through my mind, but I wasn’t exactly sure how to channel it all into something cohesive. As I was documenting and illustrating every stage of my wife’s pregnancy, the thought dawned on me that I should just write a book! From there, the journey started… and three years later, here we are!
Your background is in video and animation. Was writing a children’s book a natural extension of your creative expression, or did this feel totally new? In what ways?
I honestly never thought I would be a children’s book author. I’ve always wanted to get into publishing because it’s been a bucket list dream of mine to write a book, but if you’re not a parent or teacher… you don’t necessarily have that specific vision or desire to cater to the younger demographic.
All of that changed when my daughter entered the world. Now I can’t imagine doing anything creatively without her as my muse.
You’ve done all kinds of creative work. What project has stretched your skills the most so far?
There was a short animation film/documentary I released back in January called “Blast Burn”, which was an incredibly personal film that delved into my depression and dealing with the miscarriage of my son. It was one of the toughest projects to make because it utilized every bit of me possible to make that come to fruition.
Did “To Baby From Daddy” come together easily for you or were there creative blocks along the way? If so, how did you deal with them?
Everything came pretty naturally as far as illustrating the book. The writing and branding was a group effort between me, the editors, and publisher. It definitely took patience, an open mind and a year’s worth of back-and-forth revisions, but in the end, I’m very happy with the end product and how it all turned out!
What do you wish you’d already known about writing and publishing a children’s book that you had to learn along the way?
I’m still learning so much about writing and publishing a children’s book! This is my first and I’m currently working on my second during the lockdown.
From a creative standpoint, finding motivation is key. For me, it was my daughter. Without motivation, I would be stuck in perpetual writer’s block. The purest and most genuine ideas come from your heart.
Lastly, it all boils down to having the right people around you. It’s possible to do anything on your own, but you’d be surprised what a few like-minded individuals with a common goal can get accomplished.
We really enjoyed learn more about Steve, his creativity and his inspiration. He even gave us a sneak peak of it! We posted our review here, and you can get your own copy for a heart-warming bedtime story here.