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Blue Bink Books Author Jim Richard Creates Stories to Help Kids Think, Play, Imagine and Learn
Jim has set out to create a series of books that will educate kids and inspire them to think, play, imagine and learn. These are the core qualities embodied in his cast of characters.
"I wanted to be a cartoonist and an author when I was a kid. When I was somewhere between 8 and 10 years old, I decided that I wasn't a good enough artist or story-teller. I gave up on the idea for about 30 years. After the birth of our kids, I started dreaming of writing books for them but had no ideas for years.
"One day at work, the words 'Blue Bink likes to think' came into my head and I immediately felt that I could make a story around those words. The next day on my lunch break, I wrote the first draft of Blue Bink Likes to Think - Colors. Still doubting my skills as an artist, I contemplated who I might ask to do the illustrations.
"I made a hand-drawn version of the book with the illustrations I imagined. It was very rough, but it led me to experimenting on the computer with a drawing program. Within a few days, I developed a style of drawing the outline of my characters and adding their color with scans of papers I had covered with crayon. I was happy with the face I made of Blue Bink and I was off and running with the illustrations. A year later, I held in my hand the printed copy of my first book!
"Besides the subjects of my books - colors, shapes, letters, numbers, etc., I want to teach kids that if I can make something of my dream, it's possible for them to do likewise. I gave up on my dream for three decades and yet I finally came back around to it and made a go of it!"
Jim currently resides in Castaic, California with his wife, Jennifer, son, Ethan, and daughter, Miranda. His dream continues to be to write more books that educate and inspire and to spend as much time as possible with his family. No longer ignoring his dream, he now pursues it with all his ability.