Written by Cory Twibell: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00
Growing up in Hicksville, Brian Hart remembers eating with friends and cousins at the Sweet Shop or The Ground Round and playing video games at the Plaza – today’s Broadway Mall – so naturally Hart harnessed those suburban memories for the setting in his first book, The Tadpole and the Butterfly.
“I have always wanted to write and illustrate stories for children and young adults. The Tadpole and the Butterfly is somewhat autobiographical because I tapped into emotions, opinions and observations from when I was growing up,” said Hart, who currently resides in Sayville with his wife and two children.
Hart juxtaposes the quiet suburbs of Long Island with the liveliness of Manhattan, noting he always appreciated the convenience of the Long Island Rail Road and ease of travel to Manhattan, where he once worked as a package designer for 13 years.
The Tadpole and the Butterfly is available on Amazon.com and is described as a “coming-of-age story that brings to the forefront issues that young teens deal with on a daily basis,” including bullying, sibling quarrels and making friends. Hart noted that the protagonist, Doug Chambers, is a middle school student experiencing these pre-adult challenges, and the book uncovers how to approach them in a clear and encouraging way.
“The book is written for ages 10 and up, but also appeals to a variety of readers as other meaningful themes unfold throughout the story,” Hart explained.
The author was also a part of one of Hicksville’s main attractions growing up – Ikea – where he worked as a forklift operator throughout high school and college. Nowadays, Hart is a self-employed freelance graphic designer for his company, BellaLuca Design, in addition to teaching courses in packaging design at The Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan.
When away from the computer or the classroom, Hart enjoys mountain biking, woodworking, illustrating, reading and spending time with his family. When the opportunity arises, Hart writes, a hobby that stems from his love of reading.
“If I had any advice for aspiring writers it would be to read as many books as you can, especially the classics. I am constantly inspired by other writers,” explained Hart.