ABOUT DAVID OZAB
David Ozab writes both fiction and non-fiction. His current project is a chapter book series in progress (title TBA).His first non-fiction book, A Smile for Anna, tells the story of his daughter’s cleft diagnosis and surgery, her unrelated motor-speech disorder, and her irrepressible spirit. He is currently seeking representation.Excerpts from A Smile for Anna were published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing LLC, 2011) and Not Afraid: Stories of Confronting Fear (Civitas Press, 2013) His writing has also been featured in Catholic Digest, and Errant Parent. He has appeared on KEZI 9 News, Catholic Broadcasting Northwest’s “In Person” with Dina Marie Hale, and “Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd” on Sirius’ The Catholic Channel. He maintains the Fatherhood Etc. blog, has guest-blogged on Patheos.com and Apraxia-KIDS.org, and is actively pursuing freelance-writing and copywriting opportunities.He has also worked as a composer, a college instructor, and a web designer. He lives in Oregon with his wife Julia, their daughter Anna, and two young and ornery guinea pigs named Buddy and Knight.
I didn’t set out to be a children’s book author. My first project was a memoir about my daughter’s cleft surgery and apraxia of speech diagnosis, and because I wrote a memoir I saw myself as a non-fiction writer. But then I got an idea for an amazing and original chapter book series inspired by my daughter’s extraordinary imagination. I sat down at my laptop and the words came pouring out. So far, I’ve written first drafts of the first five volumes and I have three more in the idea stage. Where did it all come from? The two-plus years of reading with her every night. I will announce the title of the series as well as the titles of the completed drafts soon.