Monday, February 6, 2017

Terry John Barto Author Interview

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Terry John Barto is a director and choreographer of 200+ regional theater productions, industrials, television, and cruise ship shows throughout the United States and abroad. As creative director for Wings of Dreams Productions, he honed diverse ideas into compelling stories, wrote screenplays for animation features, and inspired a team of artists to develop dolls and action figures.

He lives in Los Angeles, California and enjoys Pilates, Yoga, and hiking with his dachshunds, Hunter and Mazie. Terry John Barto is also the author of Gollywood, Here I Come! For more information, please go to


Why is storytelling so important for all of us?
To expand our imagination. Maybe grow and become a better person.

What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?

I don't know if readers would be surprised by this, but I'm just a regular person. Very down to earth and real.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I published my first book in 2014 and wrote it for more then a year prior.

What was the greatest thing you learned at school?

I loved high school and was very involved in choir and band. The greatest thing I learned was to work with others.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

A good person.

In your new book; NICKERBACHER, can you tell my Book Nerd Kids Community a little about it and why they should read your novel?

Nickerbacher is a positive, uplifting book. It's about acceptance and being okay with being yourself. People should read it to be inspired.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?

Princess Gwendolyn to meet Sleeping Beauty so they can get to know each other. Gwendolyn reads Sleeping Beauty in the book. She and Nickerbacher don't quite understand that Fairy Tale.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Maybe not a writer, but a major story teller that I would consider a mentor was Walt Disney.

Did you learn anything from writing NICKERBACHER and what was it?

I learned to be a better story teller. I reinvented Nickerbacher from the successful Picture Book version - Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon. I needed to be open as I expanded it to a early chapter edition.

You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?

Follow your heart.

What's the most memorable summer job you've ever had?

Being a performer in the Electrical Parade at Disneyland.

What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a kid?

What scares you the most and why?

What is your greatest adventure?

Touring Europe with my High School Choir.

When was the last time you told someone you loved them?

My dog today.

Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?

I don't usually talk about bad things with people.

When was the last time you cried?
When my dad was in the hospital. (He's fine now).

What's the most memorable summer job you've ever had?
A more recent summer job I loved was choreographing for a repertory company. I loved theater so much that I totally enjoyed the 12 hour days.

What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a teenager?


Nickerbacher is a dragon and aspiring comedian who travels to La La Land to audition for The Late Knight Show. Hoping to prove to his father - and the world - that dragons can be funny. Nickerbacher befriends a prince and a princess who help him realize his dream while paving the way for equal rights of all citizens.

This book was really funny! I loved it a lot! I really loved Nickerbacher and Princess Gwendolyn. Nickerbacher was really funny. I loved Nickerbacher's jokes. It was really funny. I am glad that he did good at the joke show. He also was making friends after every joke show. He was really surprised. I really loved this book a lot. Thank you Terry John Barto for making this book.

Here are Jordan's written reviews as he reads per chapter. Just click the picture to enlarge. ***WARNING** Review Contains SPOILERS. Do NOT click the pictures if you do not wish to be Spoiled.


You can purchase Nickerbacher at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you TERRY JOHN BARTO for making this giveaway possible.
2 Winners will receive a Copy of Nickerbacher (Early Chapter Edition) by Terry John Barto.

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