Book Feature: I Saw a Starburst to Flames by J.R. LaMar
At Mustard Seed Sentinel, we love to feature new books and share this information with our readers. Today, we are featuring children’s poetry book, I Saw a Starburst to Flames by J.R. LaMar. He shares his motivation for why he wrote the book, details on the book, and how to find it online.
Motivation for Writing the Book
My motivations for writing I Saw a Starburst to Flames are different than many might expect. While others might list any number of reasons for publishing a book, my motivations are precisely this: I don’t have one. That may sound strange but, in a world, where almost everything has a hidden agenda, I find writing and reading much more refreshing when there isn’t one.
Now don’t misunderstand me, I have many things that inspire me such as my family, my faith, and just life in general. However, my motivation for writing and reading children’s poetry is simply because I love the simplicity and sincerity attached.
I never go into writing saying to myself, “What kind of social message can I put as an underlying theme in this piece?” Ditto with reading. In fact, I actively avoid books and movies that have ulterior motives. I find that my best writing comes when I’m smiling and laughing, not when I’m overcomplicating the process.
About the Book
With nearly 150 poems about everything from flapping ears to dancing pizzas, J.R. LaMar’s, I Saw a Starburst to Flames will take you on an out-of-this-world reading adventure.
With instant classics like “My Father Is the President,” “I Am a Young Ventriloquist,” and “My Eyes Popped out of My Head” to funny re-imaginings such as “The Tortoise and The Hare,” this collection of loony works will leave you wishing there were more.
About the Author
J.R. LaMar is a 27-year-old American children’s poet who lives in Coos Bay, Oregon with his wife Chelsea and their three girls Arya, Chloe, and Hazel. He is a stay at home father and a full-time student with the hopes of becoming a teacher. His wife Chelsea works with disadvantaged children and together with J.R., they are co-leaders of their church youth group.
Falling in love with children’s poetry at a young age by reading the works of Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein, he hopes that his children will one day find the same joy reading his work as he did the others. They thank God each day for the opportunities they’ve been given.