The Tuttle Twins Learn About The Law
Tuttle Twins, #1
by Connor Boyack
Paperback, 62 pages
Published April 23rd 2014
by Libertas Press
Children are often taught that government protects our life, liberty, and property, but could it be true that some laws actually allow people to hurt us and take our things? Join Ethan and Emily Tuttle as they learn about property, pirates, and plunder. With the help of their neighbor Fred, the twins will need to figure out what they can do to stop the bad guys in government!
Connor Boyack is president of Libertas Institute, a public policy think tank in Utah. He is the author of several books on politics and religion, along with hundreds of columns and articles championing individual liberty. His work has been featured on international, national, and local TV, radio, and other forms of media. A California native and Brigham Young University graduate, Connor currently resides in Lehi, Utah, with his wife and two children.
Things That Inspire You
I’m inspired by people who act outside of their immediate spheres of influence—people who exert themselves to impact a wider audience and influence the lives of people they will likely never meet. These people seem to operate on a different wavelength than most others, and it’s impressive when you see it in action.
Things you wish you knew before you published
This is my fourth book, so I like to think that I have a good system going now. But before I wrote my first book, I had no idea that being a successful author would entail more marketing effort than writing effort. It’s one thing to research and write a good book, but getting it into the hands of as many people as possible requires a significant investment of time, energy, and creativity. It’s hard work!
Books you have in your library.
I don’t read much fiction, and when I do, it’s often the dystopian type. 1984, Atlas Shrugged, Fahrenheit 451, etc.
I mostly read non-fiction, covering politics, history, culture, religion, etc. Glancing at the bookcase beside me, here are some examples:
The School Revolution
1775: A Good Year for Revolution
Rise of the Warrior Cop
Hübener vs. Hitler
Words that describe yourself?
Passionate, persistent, and patriotic.
Yeah, I like alliteration…
Words you love
My kids enjoy reading the “Fancy Nancy” series, in which Nancy uses fancy words to replace simple ones. They learn a new, colorful vocabulary, and become more expressive in the process. I’m the same way—I enjoy descriptive terms that may not be too common, like vernacular, loquacious, belligerent, vituperative, etc. I enjoy reading books that force me to learn new words!
Pieces of Advice you have for aspiring writers.
Know your audience. I’m not interested in spending a significant amount of time writing a book that 30 people will read. If you want to influence or inspire people—if you want them to spend their scarce time reading your book—then you need to know what will “hook” them in. Is it a compelling story line? Perhaps a sexy cover design? Maybe you leverage your name ID and relationships to get them to read it?
If you play your cards right, your audience can become your cheerleaders—rather than merely reading your book and setting it aside, they’ll evangelize it for you (for free!). Word of mouth marketing is the best type. Making sure your book is worth people recommending to their friends is key.
Movie you watch over and over again
Hands down, “The Matrix” — that movie is so relevant to today’s culture, and has layers of complex symbolism.
Places you’d like to take your laptop to and write.
I’m from San Diego originally, so I’d have to say somewhere with the beach. I like working with white noise in the background, so writing while listening to the subtle sound of crashing waves appeals to me.
Ten tunes you have on your (Music) Ipod, etc..
Uprising by Muse
Revolution by The Beatles
Major Minus by Coldplay
Animal by Neon Trees
Liberty by Jordan Page
One Day by Matisyahu
Times Like These (acoustic version) by Foo Fighters
Fireflies by Owl City
Lost Again by Dance Hall Crashers
The District Sleeps Alone Tonight by The Postal Service
I’m a sucker for historical fiction. I like feeling history come alive, and following fictional characters through true events helps me conceptualize them better. The “Great and Terrible” series by Chris Stewart, or the “Prelude to Glory” series by Ron Carter, are some I’ve enjoyed in the past.
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