IamA guy who's dreamed of being a published author for over 25 years. Today that dream comes true. I'm Isaiah Campbell, author of The Troubles of Johnny Cannon. AMA!
Since I learned how to read, I wanted to write a book and have it share shelf space with my favorite books. That was when I was six. Since then, I've had a LOT of jobs, mostly crappy (cleaning cheese boards, filling pickle vats, labeling barbecue sauce bottles) but some awesome (teaching English, coaching Fine Arts students), gotten married and had kids, been practically homeless (thankfully, my brother put my family of four up in his tiny apartment for three months), and been as poor as Job's turkey. But I always pursued my dream, thanks largely to my wife's unfaltering encouragement.
Now, today, my book is finally releasing from Simon & Schuster! Here's the video telling about it
So ask me ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING about writing, my book, my life, why Superman is better than Batman, why history matters, why we ought to be teaching the arts in school, or where I was when I first heard an editor was interested in this book (that's an awkward story).
My Proof: I just tweeted about it, and my twitter ID is the same as here: Proof
EDIT: BTW, if you tweet/share a pic of yourself with my book today, I'll send you a signed bookmark. Use the hashtag #TheTroublesofJohnnyCannon and tag me, @isaiahjc.
EDIT 2: BTW, if anyone here is in Philly, come to my launch party at Children's Bookworld in Haverford tomorrow (10/15) at 7:00 pm. I'll sign your book, yo!
EDIT 3 (4:23 pm EST): I'm heading out to visit a bookstore and get dinner, but I'll be back and answer anymore questions that get asked. You guys have been fantastic! (even the troll made me laugh) Thanks so much for making my day feel special thus far!