I keep a lot of notebooks, dating back to my first interest in writing (which now is over thirty years ago). The contents of each notebook varies: some contain interesting images that I've collected, others contain snippets of writing from some of my favorite authors, most of them contain story ideas and drafts of my writing. And one contains stories of all the funny things that have happened to me while on the road as a children's book author. It's the contents of that journal that make up Hey, Aren't You the Janitor? And Other Tales from the Life of a Children's Book Author.
The title comes from an actual experience I had visiting several kindergarten classrooms some years ago. When I walked into the classroom I noticed that my name was on the board and that several of my books were face-out on the chalk rail, so I thought these kids must know who I am. So, I started my program with a rousing, "Hey, kids, who knows who I am?" A boy about three or four rows back shot his hand up, he didn't even hesitate. So I called on him. "Okay, who am I?" The boy looked at me and in a faltering voice asked, "Aren't you the janitor?" Oh, boy, the place fell apart. Kids were laughing and teachers guffawing. I looked at the boy, who by now had turned beet-red, and said, "You know I'm not the janitor, but that's a really great title for a book." And it was. And it still is.
Hey, Aren't You the Janitor? is available in paperback, hardciver, and e-book from most online booksellers, just click the links below for more informaiton. It's also available from the author for $15, which includes postage. To get your signed hardcover copy of Hey, Aren't You the Janitor? send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'd be happy to send you one.