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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Monster That Ate My Socks

Book Synopsis

A young boy, who is about to be grounded for going through so many socks, discovers that a monster has been eating them.

Max is a young boy who is constantly getting in trouble for his socks disappearing. He doesn’t know where they go, but he does know that if he doesn’t do something quickly his mom will ground him for summer. Max soon discovers that a little green monster is sneaking into his room at night and eating his sweaty socks. His mother, of course, doesn't believe him, so Max calls on his best friend to come for a sleepover to catch the monster.
They devise a trap and capture the monster only to learn that the creature can speak. It hasn’t meant to cause any harm, it's just trying to feed its family. The monster shows them his home and his three little children and begs the boys not to turn them over to the adults. Adults, he says, want to destroy monsters

The boys are left in a pickle. Allow the monsters to be and get grounded, or turn the monsters in knowing what will happen to them? Neither idea seems good, so they come up with a new plan!

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Author's Bio

A.J. Cosmo's stories are crafted to help parents teach their children simple everyday lessons in an easy to understand manner. By artfully marrying beautiful illustrations and language, children are challenged to explore his magical worlds. Written for the transitional reader, A.J.'s stories allow your child to develop and master a new level of reading.

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What made you write a book about sock monsters?

I was doing laundry one day and couldn't find one of my socks. I knew as an adult that it had gotten lost between the walk to the dryer (I was in an apartment at the time) and my front door. However, the child in me imagined what else could have taken it and the story spawned from there. I wrote the first draft that afternoon and spent the next week illustrating it. I had the book out within two weeks. This is not my usual process. I wish it were always that easy.

Do you have another profession besides writing? 

Currently this is my only income. I have done everything from giving tours of movie studios to doing airbrush art on T-shirts near the beach. Writing is by far the most difficult and rewarding of everything that I have done.

What is your writing schedule? 
I work on project sets and schedule them loosely much like a manager would do for a team. I know that I have X large projects I'd like to do over the year and Y number of small projects I'd also like to tackle. I also estimate things like research, revisions, and feedback, and come up with a rough estimate for due dates. I then throw all of that out the window and work on something else entirely.

Do you snack while writing?  
I'm constantly eating. I think I may be part marmot. Favorite snack? I just had a Starbucks "Marshmallow Dream Bar" before writing this, also known as a Rice Crispy Treat. I also have an unhealthy love for Halva (shout out to everyone who knows what that is!)

Favorite travel spot? 
I haven't had a chance to travel much in my life other than the places I have moved to. I do however, have a love for theme parks and currently have a season pass for Disneyland. ;)

Favorite dessert? 
Halva, gelato, frozen yogurt, marshmallows, macaroons, and anything else that my ridiculous food allergies will let me have. 


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