Joe the Monkey Learns to Share by John Lanza – Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to Author John Lanza

John Lanza is the Chief Mammal of Snigglezoo Entertainment, a company he founded in 2006. Through Snigglezoo Entertainment, John created including the award-winning Money Mammals DVD, authored and co-illustrated the Joe the Monkey Saves for a Goal children’s picture book and developed The Money Mammals Saving Money is Fun Kids Club. The Money Mammals Kids Club is a premium, customizable marketing program licensed by credit unions nationwide.

John is passionate about the importance of teaching young kids (preschool and elementary) about the value of money and is active in social media, spreading the message with his blog and Facebook page that building good habits early can help families from having to break bad habits later. John’s mission is very personal in its inception. He and his wife, Eileen, wanted a way to impart the importance of fiscal responsibility on their two young girls. John leveraged his more than 14 years of management, marketing and sales experience in entertainment and media (and parenting) to create and produce the DVD, book and kids club. John has also produced, directed and hosted several live shows featuring the characters and content from his DVD for children across the country.

Prior to starting Snigglezoo Entertainment, John produced the Emmy® Award-Winning hit children’s television show “Life With Louie,” the pilot for the Disney Channel hit TV show, “The Proud Family,” as well as the DVD Premiere Award-nominated animated feature, “The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina” for Miramax. He has also produced marketing products for companies such as Johnson & Johnson, 7-Up, Target, Hasbro and General Mills.

Interview
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Future. Definitely the future.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Barack Obama, Harrison Ford, Don Henley, Hillary Clinton, Stephen Colbert

What is one book everyone should read?
Green Eggs and Ham

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Black Raspberry. So sad that Friendy’s closed in my hometown.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Steve Jobs

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Taylor Ham, Egg & Cheese on a Hard Roll. What can I say, I’m from New Jersey.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Kids need to learn smart money habits when they are young so we don’t have to break bad habits later.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’ve done Save & Share. My Spend Smart book will hopefully be out before next year.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
Having my dad read me Dr. Seuss.

What is your favorite Quote?
Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. -Henry Ford

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
Of course, I should say that I wouldn’t buy anything and just save it. But I’d definitely buy tickets to Prague for the family. I’ve always wanted to go there.

What do you do in your free time?
Play soccer, coach soccer, paint, read, futz around on the iPad and be a dad.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Southern California winter. People always say we don’t have winter in Los Angeles. Yes, we do. It’s just not miserable.

Favorite places to travel?
Anywhere. Seriously.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I wept when I watched Mutant Ninja Turtles.

What is next on your to read list?
Plutocrats by Chrystia Freeland

What is your view on self publishing?
Anything you can do to get your book in print is a good thing.

What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?
Those little moments when something that wasn’t working suddenly clicks. It’s all about the journey.

Coke or Pepsi?
Fountain coke.

Joe the Monkey Learns to Share

Joe the Monkey can’t figure out what to do with his Share jar. When Joe the Monkey makes a big mistake and spends his Share jar money, will his friends help him figure out what to do? Or will he follow his friend Vargas’ advice? Find out if a special charity can find Joe in time for him to make the right choice.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of Joe the Monkey Learns to Share
Open to US only
Ends 3/20/13

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