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Staff explores storytelling, adventure in debut children's book

(DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

By James Conway, Enrollment Management

Benzo, a cuddly mouse, loves eating cheese and has a big imagination that tastes like his favorite food. In this short story picture book, readers will be part of Benzo’s Dream Cheese World. Every time Benzo falls asleep, a magical world begins in his mind. The only obstacle he has to face is time itself, before he awakens from his sleep. The book is available in English, Spanish and French.

(Image courtesy of Benzo Book Media)

Who inspired you to write this book?

The main reason behind my determination to write and publish a children's book are my kids. I write with a purpose: to make sure they understand reading is fun. My kids are my biggest fans and inspiration.

What’s the most surprising thing you learned while writing this book?

Knowing the audience you're writing for is the first big step to writing a successful children’s book. Your book cannot be for all age groups. It's impossible to appeal to and appease the masses.

About the author:

James Conway is a call center agent in Enrollment Management. He is a father of two who loves travel, sports and embracing new technology. "Benzo" is his debut children's book, with a storyline based on bedtime tales he made up on the spot.

Publisher, release date, length:

Benzo Books Media, November 2020, 48 pages.

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