Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Nick Falk.
In 2014, I chatted with Nick Falk and his illustrator in crime, Tony Flowers on The Author’s Shelf. It was a fun show, and I learned a lot about these two characters. Anyone who knows Nick and Tony will agree they are indeed characters. So it was only a matter of time before I had to have Nick join me for a chat here on Creative Kids Tales.
Nick compares his life to an epic adventure, not unlike Pirates of the Caribbean just with a little more aliens and a lot more space travel.
Originally from the UK, Nick worked and travelled his way around the US, India and China before finally settling in Australia. He began his career in bio technology and is now a practising psychologist living in Tasmania with his wife and two sons.
Nick started making up stories from the age of eight and has never stopped. As his writing developed, Nick thought he had found his niche writing stories for adults, but it was only when he switched to writing stories for children he found his true literary love.
He attributes his profession as a psychologist working with kids who haven’t had the best start to life in helping his creative process. Using therapy techniques and engaging kids through creating stories not only helps his patients but also Nick. In fact, it was making up stories with one of his sons on their daily walk with the family dog that Saurus Street was born.
His first success writing for children genre was, Troggle the Troll, a picture book about people-munching beasties released in 2012. Nick followed with his series Saurus Street that saw him partner for the first time with Tony Flowers. An amazing six books completed this series shortly followed by Billy is a Dragon and the latest Samurai vs. Ninja. Both titles have four in the series. Easily now one of the kings of children’s series for 6 to 10-year-olds Nick is not showing any signs of stopping. He enjoys working on the collaborative process with Tony, who helps complete this storytelling universe.
The partnership between Nick and Tony Flowers blossomed after meeting on a beach in Tasmania. Introduced by Tony’s wife the pair soon realised each had a story to tell and through Nick’s words and Tony’s illustrations a literary love story was born. You can read more about this partnership when we chat with Tony Flowers in October.
By day he is a successful psychologist helping kids overcome their problems and in the evenings and weekends, Nick puts on his superhero suit and creates entertaining children’s stories.
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Be sure to visit Nick’s website www.nick-falk.com to read more about this werehamster ;)
Read Creative Kids Tales' July 2015 interview with Nick Falk - CKT's July 2015 interview with Nick Falk
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