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Of monkeys and magic: A Q&A with local children's book author Matthew Porter

Photo courtesy of Matthew Porter


Local illustrator and children’s book author Matthew Porter has a new book, The Rise and Fall of Oscar the Magician (Sasquatch Books). We chatted with Matthew about his new book and his magical inspiration for the book,  released on August 4.


SC: What was your process for writing this new book?

MP: Oscar's story has been in my head for quite a while.  It's in The Thunderbolt Express (another one of Matthew’s books); pictures, but not the words. So when it came to writing it all down, the words flowed out really quickly and hassle-free. I have a lot of stories for Monkey World just swirling around in the ether. I only hope someday I get to tell them all. 


Did you learn anything new from doing this book versus your other books?

With regard to the nuts and bolts of how it all fits together, I've learned a great deal from each of the books I've done. Each one has been a step forward in some way.


What inspired you to write a story about magicians?

I had a life-changing experience some years ago when I was levitated 20 feet into the air by a world-famous magician. I've never been the same since! 

(Matthew swears that last bit is a true story, although he signed a confidentiality clause saying he wouldn’t reveal any secrets.)

The Rise and Fall of Oscar the Magician release party takes place on August 15, 1 to 3 pm at the Seattle Creative Arts Center. Free. 2601 NW Market St, Seattlematthewporterbooks.com

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