Peter Solomon Author Bio:
Peter Solomon is a physicist and an entrepreneur who is devoted to passing on his love for the many wonderful science stories to the younger generation. The birth of his twelfth grandchild was the inspiration for his first book and the STARDUST MYSTERY project that has created companion video games, science videos, and Expert Avatars that will answer questions about their lives and work. The theme of the Stardust Mystery story is that we are made of STARDUST that was once in the body of Albert Einstein and the last T-Rex. That is true. We each have more than 300 trillion carbon atoms that once belonged to and were exhaled by Einstein and more than 5,000 trillion that were once in each T-Rex that roamed the Earth. Those atoms were created in the end-of-life explosions of stars.
His new book, The Race to the Big Bang, set in the coronavirus pandemic, continues that story. The same child characters make the best of their new life constraints and enter a new contest, The Race to the Big Bang. They, and hopefully the reader, will learn lots of new science. Peter lives in Connecticut with his wife, Sally Moshein Solomon. Sally and Peter have had their vaccine shots and are now visiting with their grandchildren again.
What inspires you to write?
I have had a long career doing science, writing about science, and being a technology entrepreneur. When my twelfth grandchild was born, I decided to bring my passion for science to young children by sharing some of the most amazing science stories in ways they could understand and enjoy. The project started with an illustrated science adventure book called The Stardust Mystery and expanded to include a second book and related video games, science videos, short stories, and finally online LEARNING PAGES.
My aim is to spark a child’s interest in science during their late elementary and middle school years while they are still curious. There are many fascinating science stories, like the creation of the universe in the Big Bang, the formation of our atoms in the explosive death of stars, or the asteroid that hit the earth to change the course of evolution. I believe relating the basic narratives in a simple way are interesting enough to draw children to science. Once their interest is kindled, they may be motivated to learn the mathematics and the rigorous descriptions that make these stories into real science.
Tell us about your writing process.
I read Stephen King's book On Writing. The most important take away was his advice to imagine the scene with the characters and let them do the writing. I write illustrated science adventures and I am one of the illustrators. So I create the illustration for the scene with the characters and let them do the acting and talking.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My stories are fictional adventures of young boys and girls discovering non-fiction science stories. My characters are based on several of my grandchildren. So I listen to my characters and imagine how they react in different circumstances.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, James Clavell, David McCullough, Walter Isaacson
What genres do you write?
Children's Books, Illustrated Science Adventure
How did you choose the genre(s) you write?
I wanted to bring some of the wonder science stories, in simple form, to young people. I believe the best way to do this is to weave the science into time, space and size-change travel adventures in which the young characters are discovering the science stories.
What three things are on your writing desk at any given moment?
My Computer, My Computer and My Computer
What hobbies do you have when you need a break from writing?
Walking, Sailing, Running, Tennis and Reading
What formats are your books in?
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