This is the last installment on my day at Somerset this year on the 20th March. As you can tell it was a brilliant day and the final author is a personal favorite of mine.
Michael Gerard Bauer resigned from teaching in 2000 to pursue his writing dreams. His first YA novel, The Running Man, was named the 2004 CBCA Book of the Year and he has been short-listed on three further occasions. His other works include the popular Ishmael trilogy and Just a Dog.
His most recent publications, the very funny Eric Vale and Secret Agent Derek ‘Danger’ Dale series for younger readers, are fully illustrated by his film-maker son, Joe Bauer. Currently Michael’s books are sold in over 40 countries and translated into 12 languages.
Michael began by saying he was shy and didn’t want to get a job that included public speaking,
He became an English teacher, then a writer. Both require public speaking. He started with a serious book ‘The Running Man.’
The Ishmael series was based on him facing this is greatest fear. How could he get a boy attending an all boys school St Daniels, to face this fear, simply put him in the school debating team. The Ismael series starts in year 9 with ‘Don’t Call me Ishmael’, with ‘Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs’ and going through to year 12 in Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel.
‘Dinosaur Knights’ is a sci-fi based on the idea of pulling something through time, naturally it had to be a meat eating dinosaur. Changing facts to suit the story, the creature he bought forward was a plant eater, but there would be no fun in that.
Michael then explained that ‘Just a Dog’ was created because of a typing error that became a joke. This story is like a diary of a boy and his family and how ‘Mr Moseley’ was more than ‘Just a Dog’. I loved this book.
Then the group of students and the few adults in the room were treated to a power point presentation of how the Eric Vale series were created. Michael wrote the text and sent it to his son Joe to do the illustrations. The spin off from these books is the Secret Agent Derek ‘Danger’ Dale series.
2 stories are all around us
3 he had to learn to speak in front of people, and practice made him better
Again the students asked great questions and Michael happily answered.