Spark Bradley Charbonneau

The question I most get having now written 5 books together with my kids is not about the characters or the dog or the castle or if Lu will ever stop eating fries.* No. The question I get from parents is, "How in the world did you manage to do a creative project with your kids, how did it go, and how can I do it, too?" The answer was: 1.) I just decided to do it, 2.) it went both terribly wrong and wonderfully right, and 3.) this book is how you can do it, too. One parent pulled me aside, a bit frazzled, and almost threatened me with, "If you ever hold a weekend workshop on how to do a creative project together with your kids, I'll pay whatever you want to charge." When I sat down with my then-8-year old on the red chair in early March of 2014, having just read a really bad children's book and said, "Wow, that book was pretty bad." I then immediately followed up with, "We can do better than that." My son looked at me like I was crazy (I was) and challenged me to follow through on my dare. I did. Within a month, we had a book on Amazon. Now we can boast almost all of the list below: 1.) We have sold 1,000,000+ books in 89 countries and 7 languages. 2.) We sometimes had to resort to bribery, coercion, and ice cream to get a chapter done. 3.) Just on royalties alone, Li is eyeing a Maserati for his 16th birthday. 4.) We created something from nothing and no one can ever take that away. 5.) We get regular calls from Hollywood producers about making the movie versions. 6.) We broke all of Audible's rules when we recorded the audiobook version--and got rejected. 7.) Both boys have transformed into perfect angels who study Mandarin in their free time after violin lessons and before their volunteer work for global literacy. 8.) I have a audio proof of my 10-year old narrating Chapter 8 that I can use at his wedding to embarrass him beyond his wildest nightmares and I can bring that up whenever I like to remind my boys that we are a family who shares experiences (and it's good for blackmail). 9.) We did it all right. 10.) We did it all wrong. 11.) We did it. Period. HINT: Take the list above and choose which one you like. This podcast is proof that we can create something from nothing together with our kids. What you're about to embark on is a journey that no one can take away from you. We're going to create a time capsule you'll be able to cherish until your 89-year-old neighbor finally tells you she's deaf and hasn't heard a word about it. This is going to help you create a bond with your kids.
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Latest Episodes…

  1. SPARK opening doors March 1, 2020

    We've had two groups through, books up onto Amazon, and kids who are pretty sure they're going to conquer the world. Oops, they already did. Video version of today's podcast: [ https://youtu.be/fEuRnaNDfLI ] ...

    2020-01-09

  2. 8-year-old Cassie Akers talks about her first published book

    I'm sorry, how old did she say she was? Flowers Make Me Happy is on Amazon right now. ...

    2020-01-02

  3. Spark alumna Madeline Dines talks confidence, world domination, and what it means to write a book when you're a 17-year-old girl

    Did you catch that correct Latin in the podcast episode? All that and more in the Spark episode with alumna Maddie Dines, author of Drama. ...

    2019-12-27

  4. Nicole Akers, no, wait, Cassie Akers, and "Flowers Make Me Happy"

    Cassie, who is 8-years old, is the author of the book, not Nicole. Just had to get that out there. Let me tell you the story about how an 8-year-old girl wrote a book (with some help from her mom and ...

    2019-12-19

  5. Decide + Create = Spark

    At some point, you're going to have to make the decision. The hard part of your journey is done. -- Yeah, that would be me. Once you decide, you've summited the mountain and you can now flow down the other ...

    2019-12-12