As a child, Michael didn’t want to be an author. He preferred Ninja or a Samurai. When four classes of students came into the room to hear him speak on Monday morning at Story Arts, he told us how you don’t need a big idea to write a novel. In fact, his character Eric Vale started life as a typo in an email to his sister. She pointed out his error, “It sounds like a character from one of your books.”
So far he has three books in the series, “Eric Vale Epic Fail”, “Eric Vale Super Male”, and “Eric Vale off the Rails”, plus three in the spin off series, “Derek Danger Dale”. He showed us the hilarious book trailer by his son Joe Bauer who also illustrates the books. (see Eric try to roll a yoyo here http://michaelgerardbauer.com/my-books/eric-vale-epic-fail/ ). He also showed us how he and his son work together, and some practice drawings by Joe, and how some characters changed shape by the time the book was published. At times Michael acted out some scenes, playing both Eric and his ever-happy chum, Chewy. The scene of how Eric tries to be a superhero by saving some girls from a grasshopper, had the audience in stiches.
I love Michael’s books and could have asked questions at the end, but I left it up to the year 4-6’s as they had plenty of their own, especially since some of them had seen the play based on his book “Eric Vale Epic Fail” earlier that day also at Story Arts.
Michael Gerard Bauer was born in Brisbane. He taught at schools before resigning in 2000 to pursue his dream of being a published writer. His first novel The Running Man won the CBCA’s Book of the Year (Older Readers) Award in 2005 and he has since garnered many other honours including international awards. His other books include Don’t Call Me Ishmael!, Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs, Dinosaur Knights, Just a Dog, You Turkeys! and Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel. Many of Michael’s books have been published in other countries and in different languages. Michael blogs at http://michaelgerardbauer.wordpress.com and has an author page on Facebook.