Saturday, February 13, 2016

Author Erik Daniel Shein on his Monsterjunkies series and upcoming film

The Monsterjunkies. You have seen this highly rated series mentioned here several times over the past few years. Now, learn more about it from the creator, himself.

What was the inspiration behind the Monsterjunkies series? 
When I was growing up my family was similar to the fictional Monsterjunkies we had crazy pets and were bullied for being different.
Why is this so important for teens to read?
The book series has a strong anti-bullying message for being different and fitting in the characters even get bullied for having the last name the Monsterjunkies.
What kind of response have you gotten from the series?
The books and Graphic novels have been reviewed by Kirkus and several comic book reviewers with high praise saying they are kid friendly with a strong message the stories are very entertaining.
Why do you think people respond to it so well? 
The characters and stories relate to many types of people people who wear masks everyday.    It’s those who take off their masks and show the real person, are the ones that move forward. 
You call the third book, Legacy, the best one of them all. Why do you feel this way?
Legacy is the best book of the trilogy because the characters Crow and Indigo, MonsterJunkie find their way in life and keep the family's legacy going.
What is it about this installment that you love so much? 
It shows that a family that is different is just as normal as everybody else.       
You're taking a big step by having this series made into in animated film. How did this come about? 
I have been in the animation film business for many years and the right producers got together to develop and produce one of many animated films based on the books.
What plans for its creation can you share with us? 
It will have a cast of A-list voice talent and will be produced using the latest cutting edge CGI animation and story telling. 
Do you have any other plans in mind beyond the books and the movie? 
We will build the intellectual properties into a franchise comic books graphic novels and to film.
What else would you like readers to know about you and the series? 
That it is well-researched and we use real science, with strong anti-bullying and environmental messages.
Is there anything else you would like to share? 
We hope the audience enjoys the MonsterJunkie series. You may find a little of yourself reading about their lives and adventures.
Thank you so much for your time!

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About the author:

Erik Daniel Shein was born Erik Daniel Stoops, November 18th 1966 He is an American writer, and Visionary, film producer, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, and philanthropist, Pet enthusiast and animal health advocate . He is the author and co authored of over 30 nonfiction and fiction books whose writings include six scientific articles in the field of herpetology. His children’s book, “The Forgotten Ornament” is a Christmas classic, and was endorsed by Hollywood legends Mickey and Jan Rooney.

Mr Shein is the creator of the Monsterjunkie universe, and his Debut novels the Monsterjunkies an American family odyssey being a normal family is a state of mind and the sequel Monsterjunkies Sanctuary were Kirkus reviews young adult books of the month November and December 2014 in Kirkus magazine, Monsterjunkies an American family Odyssey was named Top 50 teen books for 2014 by Kirkus.

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