My name is Ron Butchko, and I am an 18-year-old college student from the Syracuse, New York area. Goodbye Grandpa is the first book of published, and I have much more on the way. I like to think that my writing reflects my personal feelings, beliefs, and desires, as all art should.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
A writer, yes, though not necessarily an author. I consider myself a storyteller above all else. In fact, when I was young I hardly had any interest in being read bedtime stories. Instead, I opted to tell stories to my parents as a nightly ritual before sleep.
Tell us about your book, and the story behind writing it
Goodbye Grandpa is a story about a little rabbit who has to come to terms with losing his Grandfather. I wrote Goodbye Grandpa over the course of two nights in the late summer of 2015. I had been reflecting on the anniversary of the death of my own Grandpa, who passed the year prior. I passed around the manuscript to my peers, who all applauded it, and I even submitted it to the New York State Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition, receiving an honorable mention. It was then I decided I should find an illustrator, (which I eventually did in my long-time friend, Dante Clapp.) and release it.
What’s the biggest challenge about being a writer?
The biggest challenge about being a writer is having to go back and re-read your own work, again and again, to ensure there are no mistakes. Writing on a computer makes it far easier to find spelling and grammar mistakes, but continuity errors, bad dialogue, and beyond, all require patience and a sharp eye to be corrected.
Do you have a specific writing space?
My couch and coffee table are where I normally write, though it would be nice to have a room to dedicate wholly to my work.
What’s your number one piece of writing advice?
Re-writes are your friend. Even after multiple revisions, I can still look at Goodbye Grandpa and find things in the writing which could have been improved.
What books do you currently have on your bedside table?
Who have been your biggest writing influences and why?
Well, despite my first book not being in the usual genres of these writers, I would say my biggest influences are Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen King, and Isaac Asimov. I’m a big science-fiction and horror fan, and my upcoming books are both in those genres.
How do you market your writing?
As I only recently became an author, that’s difficult to answer. Although, I’ve been searching vigorously for any ways to market Goodbye Grandpa online. I’ve also been trying to create fliers for the book to hand out at libraries near my home.
Lastly, something fun. What’s something our readers might not know about you?
I have storytelling goals beyond being an author. One of my larger dreams is being a screenwriter, and subsequently, a film director. I hope that any proceeds from my books (as well as any other projects) will help me finance those films.
by Ron Butchiko
Has your little one lost someone very important to them? Well, this is a story just for them. This is the story of Louis.
Louis is a little rabbit who loves to spend time with his Grandpa. But Grandpa hasn’t been feeling well lately, and won’t be around much longer… Louis doesn’t want him to leave. One last trip to Grandpa’s house will show Louis that despite Grandpa leaving, everything is going to be okay.
Goodbye Grandpa will teach your child that just like Louis’s Grandpa, in a way, their loved ones will always be with them.