Taking parenting and writing to the next level is the “Project Adventure” series’ author, David Konrad. David is the author of adventure books for middle-graders and anyone who’s a kid at heart. His books are loved and adored by children worldwide. But how does he manage to juggle these hats and make time to enjoy an active outdoorsy lifestyle with his sons? Let’s find out.
Why did you decide you wanted to write children’s adventure books?
Because these type of books is what made me fall in love with reading and books in the first place. Besides, I started writing when my twin boys were 5 years old, so I hoped they would appreciate the stories and the adventure.
It looks like you draw inspiration from the expeditions you go on with your kids. What has been your favorite adventure together?
Being a stay home dad with twin boys is an adventure on its own. The three of us used to fly a lot together, ever since they were 3 years old, so that always made for some interesting adventures… Also, we always love to take a boat out on the Adriatic Sea to find cool and remote places.
What are the strengths of each member of the Project Adventure kid-detective agency?
Ethan is a go-getter. He’s very curious, and that, paired with never endless energy, often gets him into trouble.
Matt is a thinker. He’s quiet and doesn’t talk much, but he’s always alert and acts as balance for Ethan,
Lisa is the glue that makes the trio tick. She’s a brilliant organizer, very pragmatic and able.
Although it sounds like choosing your favorite child, we’d like to know which of the four books from the “Project Adventure” series is your favorite and why?
I would have to say the “Heart of the Island”. It was not just the first book of the series, but also my first book ever! As much as I like my other books, this one will always have a special place in my heart.
What’s one of the most heartwarming messages you’ve received from your little fans?
A mother once emailed me to tell me her daughter is completely hooked on my books, and can’t wait for the next one. That was after she’d read books 1 and 2, so safe to say she continued being a fan of mine… J
Growing up, what were some of your favorite books?
I always loved this book about King Arthur and the knights of the round table, but I’d forgotten who the author was. But I still remember it clearly. And I loved Karl May’s Wild West stories, Winnetou and such.
What is your number 1 parenting tip for adventurous kids?
Pack light, but don’t go anywhere without water, snacks, and band-aids.
Let’s do a quick round of rapid-fire questions. Ready?
Hikes or Swimming
Games or Movie night
Laundry or Dishes?
Both. I’m a stay home dad, after all.
Coffee or Tea
Coffee during the day, tea in the evening. But coffee, if I have to pick one.
Your favorite board game?
The theme of your next project?
One topic that you can talk about endlessly.