Drew Daywalt, who has topped The New York Times’ charts with The Day the Crayons Quit, lets you into his world when he is interviewed by guest host and City Dads Group columnist Whit Honea on the latest edition of The Modern Dads Podcast.
Daywalt discusses the origin of that book, how a librarian first interested him in writing, and lets you into to his creative process. He also shares some behind-the-scenes insight into the upcoming film version of that book. He also talks about the impact of his success on him and his family.
The Day the Crayons Quit has received multiple honors, being named a best children’s book of 2013 by Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads while receiving high reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist.
Daywalt, who has also written the popular sequel The Day the Crayons Came Home and the recent The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, talks about how his online fandom led him to be offered to write the picture book Star Wars BB-8 on the Run.
Daywalt, 47, first achieved fame writing and directing short films on a horror channel of YouTube. In 2012, he directed his first feature-length film, the made-for-television fantasy horror film Red Clover (released as Leprechaun’s Revenge) for SyFy Channel. He spent several years writing for Disney and Universal on such shows as Timon & Pumba, Buzz Lightyear, and Woody Woodpecker. His animated series The Wacky World of Tex Avery received an Emmy nomination.
He has a degree in creative writing with a concentration in children’s literature from Emerson College in Boston.