Review & Interview : Granpa Guff, the accidental astronaut by G. Guff

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Denise Alicea

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Granpa Guff, the accidental astronaut is a fun story to read. Kids of all ages will love and adore it. I really loved the techniques it used for story telling which made the story fun, made me laugh and enjoy the characters more. Granpa Guff, the accidental astronaut is one of the stories that I would have loved to have grown up with. It’s a story that really takes the imagination to a new level and makes it soar. The great illustrations just add to the magical journey that Granpa Guff, the accidental astronaut. Those who love fun stories with tons of imagination and great illustrations need to look no further. Kids and parents will enjoy!

Granpa Guff, the accidental astronaut
G. Guff
Book Blurb:
Did you ever wonder what grandparents really got up to when they were younger? Have you ever seen a Mexican Barking spider?
Do you know who the first man to walk on Mars was?
Find the answers to all of these questions along with why so many N.A.S.A scientists are bald and why American bridges are so strong inside this wonderful new book.
Tell us about yourself?
Well…. I am the oldest and some say the grumpiest living resident of Fort Guff, Guff County, Guffsylvania, the only state that has been completely forgotten and dare we say ignored, due to fighting against both the North and the South in the Civil war. I cannot remember how old I am as my birth certificate was destroyed in the great courthouse fire of 19 something or other. I have lived and worked all across the country and visited every continent on this planet. I was the first man to walk on Mars although NASA continue to deny it.
Tell us about your book?
The book was started a little over 2 years ago, when my Granddaughter Gertrude decided that others deserved to hear my “stories”, it is the first but it won’t be the last, at least we hope its not.
How did you create your characters and what prompted you to write this?
No creating characters needed: its all the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, despite what my granddaughter Gertrude or my nosy neighbor’s may imply.
 We keep hearing about falling literacy levels, especially amongst young boys. I liked the idea of getting grandparents involved in improving boys reading skills through exciting ebooks (inexpensive). I loved the idea of having a young girl tell the story as her younger brother overcomes his fear to question the old guffer regarding the more incredible parts of this tale.
Like to write at night with a glass of grape juice (rioja) and edit outside during the day, editing is not easy and the least favorite part of this job.
6 – Write every day and never ever give up, its tough out there, so make sure you have a few good people to help motivate you. They will also point the glaring errors that your tired old eyes and fuzzy brain missed. They are invaluable when you need a fresh perspective on your plot or your protagonists nemesis.
7 – The idea’s come from what Ted Hughes called “The thought Fox”. He is far more eloquent that I could ever hope to be.
 Like to read anything I can get my hands on, including but not limited to supermarket flyers, instruction manuals and the back of cereal packets.
What’s your advice to inspiring writers?
9 – Publish and be damned, better to have tried, than to simply sit around dreaming that someday you might get around to finishing that manuscript.
 Follow us on twitter @granpaguff or on the web or on Facebook Gustaf Guff..along with Goodreads and Pinterest, there will be plenty more fantastic fun with the guffer throughout 2013.
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