Paul Venosdel’s love for baseball began when he played as a young boy. His personal experiences as a young player, and now as manager and coach, provide him a keen sense of the emotions and drama involved in baseball. He has managed over 400 games in nine years, winning more than 60%, including 13 Championships in Travel Ball, League, and Tournament competitions as of the writing of this book. His innovative and inspiring style of coaching is based on his belief that what matters most is instilling truth, confidence, and character in the lives of children. He writes with humor and insights that authentically portray baseball life as seen through the eyes and hearts of young players.
What inspires you to write?
I like telling stories. Writing provides a vehicle to share the stories that are in my head.
Tell us about your writing process.
During baseball games I watch and manage I look for different action plays and events. I keep notes on the cool (and not so cool) things that happen around the ballpark. When I've got the basic story in my head sort of figured out I find a quiet place and just dump all that's in my head on paper. After that I organize it a little bit and start writing. I try and get at least a thousand words written per session.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh yeah the fictional characters talk to me! I bet it's pretty funny watching me write while I carry on a full conversation with the characters in my head. I should set up a hidden video camera sometime….
Who are your favorite authors?
Anything by John Grisham and Dr. Stanley.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
A friend of mine pestered me for years to write a book about the youth travel baseball world from the players perspective. I blew her off and didn't think I had it in me to write a book. She passed away and I just keep thinking about her telling me to write a book. So I sat down one day and just started writing. I researched the publishing company she had used to publish her book. I called them up and now I'm writing a series of books.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I can see the self publishing world growing in the future. Lots of friends of mine have approached me after my book got published and said they want to write a book.
What genres do you write?
Children, Young Adult
What formats are your books in?
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