J.N. PAQUET is a children’s author-illustrator, storyteller and journalist who lived in France, Brazil and Britain. Father of three trilingual children, he has written over 50 children’s books – translated into over 15 languages – including the highly acclaimed bilingual children’s books series “The Book of The Animals” and “The T-RRIBLE”. Through his books, he aims to promote literacy and bilingualism around the world, promote fun-learning as a positive attitude towards reading and provide inspiration for the next generation of young readers and writers. Three times Award-nominated author (Runner-up) at the “Brazilian International Press Awards UK” for Best Literature, 2012/2013/2014. Also an experienced journalist who has been covering France, Brazil and Britain’s current affairs for over two decades, and other subjects such as cloud computing, the railway industries, the education sector, cultural news and creative exhibition/activities. Articles and Op-Eds published in several newspapers and magazines, such as 文創Life Magazine in Taiwan, and online on various websites and blogs, including BuzzFeed, CNN iReport, Digital Journal, Urban Times, Ground Report, examiner.com and The Huffington Post. - Read his blog: www.jnpaquet.com - Find his children’s books: www.jnpaquet-books.com/jnp - Follow him on Twitter: @jnpaquet_kids (his children’s books feed) — J.N. PAQUET is a member of various organisations: the Committee of Concerned Journalists (CCJ), the Society for Storytelling (SFS), the National Centre for Language and Literacy (NCLL) the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), the American Library Association as a supporter (ALA) and the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).


J.N. PAQUET in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

1984 I started writing stories when I was about 7 or 8 years old, in France. As far as I can remember, I have always been passionate about stories, whether fiction or news on TV and newspapers.

What do you love about Short Stories?

I love short stories because they can be powerful pieces and express in a few words what a novel would in 400 pages.

Do you write in other forms?

Besides writing children's books, I am a professional journalist and so, I also write articles and Op-Eds for various newspapers and online magazines. Op-Eds are my favourite pieces.

What distracts you from writing?

Alike most writers I suppose, I prefer to write at night when there is a little to no distraction at all.

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

I enjoy reading books to my children and invent stories for them too.

What is your favourite book?

If we talk about children's books, I would say "Where the wild things are" by Maurice Sendak and "The Gruffalo" by Julia Donaldson. If we talk about fiction books, I would say "Symbiote's Crown" by Scott Baker or "Les Fourmis" by French author Bernard Werber.

Who are your favourite writers?

Herge (Tintin), Isaac Asimov and Bernard Werber

Where is your dream location?

Somewhere in Quebec (Canada).

What one item would you put into Room 101?


Do you have any advice for new writers?

Read a lot before writing anything. Don't copy, just absorb like a sponge. Then, you will find your style.

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