Spotlight: Michael Poeltl Visits to Talk About Cautionary Tale, AN ANGRY EARTH!
Today, fellow author Michael Poeltl is stopping by to talk about his latest book !
Hello! Thanks for having me.
My pleasure! Let me ask a few questions since you're here...
An Angry Earth is an environmentally charged picture book warning against the footprint humanity has, and is, leaving on our planet. A fictional Earth is represented in the book which experiences devastating natural disasters due to abuses to their planet. The book was released on October 12th and can be found both in Print and Kindle format on Amazon. Published through CreateSpace, it is available through their online store as well.
So, what inspired you to write this book? How did you get into writing cautionary picture books?
Initially this story idea came to me after reading to my six year old daughter one evening. I could no longer keep my eyes open and closed whichever book we were reading, turned out the light and just made up a story on the fly. That's where An Angry Earth first took form. With my daughter asleep I got up and wrote down what had come out of my mouth and developed it from there. A picture book seemed the right genre to use to tell the story, and as an interpretive illustrator, I knew I could take advantage of my own skill set to further the story line.
I've been writing as long as I can remember and have published nine books. My first foray into writing was The Judas Syndrome, a Post-Apocalyptic trilogy, so I guess you could say my go-to genre is Dystopian.
Tell us...what, do you feel, sets your book apart from other books in the genre?
An Angry Earth is a tell-it-like-it-is, blunt explanation of what will happen to our own Earth (and ourselves) if we do nothing to stop the pollution and destruction of the planet which sustains us. It is unapologetically graphic and in no way politically correct. I'm tired of seeing our young people disregarding the planet which provides for them, and if a scared straight approach is offensive to some, it's not the book for you; but I urge parents to read this book to their children and to themselves and get the message out there that environmentalism through sustainable energy and organic produce is where we need to be in the next few years - or else.
Well, it's definitely a topic we should be thinking about.
There was a time when humanity thought the world rode on the back of a giant turtle who swam through the constellations. A metaphor which suggests the world is alive - and it is alive. Each species plays its part in sustaining our delicate eco-system. You included. You; the most advanced of all life on earth.
If you could not swim, would you kill the turtle whose back you lived on, to live more comfortably?
What happens when you use Mother Earth and plunder her natural resources, poisoning her rivers and oceans with chemicals and plastics, clear cutting ancient forests and dumping carbon monoxide into the atmosphere? There are consequences to your actions and inactions. This story illustrates what happens when the earth says...ENOUGH!
Once upon a time, a rumbling from beneath the people’s feet rose up and shook them about. They had never experienced such a rumbling.
They referenced their history books and discovered that at no time in the history of their world had there ever been a rumbling so fierce.
Wow! It certainly sounds intriguing!
Honestly, because I run the gambit for genres, I have no idea. This book is very fresh and I am still spending my free time marketing it. When a new book idea comes, I'll know it. I'm excited for that day, but in the meantime, I have nine other books to curl up with.
Thanks so much for stopping by to tell us about An Angry Earth, Michael!
Thank you for allowing me to visit, Marie!
Readers, you'll just have to pick up a copy of this fascinating picture book about what could happen if we don't take measures to nurture our environment.
Add it to your Goodreads TBR list!