Real Heroes Read!
Real Heroes Read!

Charlie and David have been friends for over 25 years. Coincidentally, they have written over 25 books for kids. They also played guitar in a heavy metal band together and stood up in each other's weddings.

Get to know all about them and their stories here.

Author Q&A
When is your birthday?
David: June 8.
Charlie: August 25.

Where were you born?
David: Pontiac, Michigan.
Charlie: Pontiac, Michigan. Back in the old days, wasn't everyone from Michigan born there?

Where do you live now?
David: West Bloomfield, MI.
Charlie: Oxford, MI

Do you have kids?
David: Three boys. Josh, Connor, and Jasiah.
Charlie: One daughter. Jozlyn. Our kids inspired us to write stories for young people.

What about pets?
David: A mostly Jack Russel named Oliver. He loves to chew on me.
Charlie: Two cats: Dasher and Pumpkin. By thier names, can you guess what time of year we got them?

Who are your favorite writers?
David: Tad Williams, Terry Brooks, Lemony Snicket, Piers Anthony, and R.A. Salvatore.
Charlie: James Patterson, Dean Koontz, Richard Matheson, and Roald Dahl.

Name your favorite kid movies.
David: Star Wars (original trilogy), Princess Bride, Mulan.
Charlie: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Elf, Shrek, Toy Story, Little Mermaid.

What is your favorite snack?
David: Buttery popcorn.
Charlie: Any kind of ice cream.

What do you like to do besides watch movies and eat snacks?
David: Spend time with my kids, read, play World of Warcraft, collect, canoe.
Charlie: Hang out with my daughter, juggle, read, play video games, practice guitar.

Finally, do you have any advice for young writers?
David: Aside from writing as much as possible, read. Read all the time and anything you can want. Read books, comics, magazines, anything.
Charlie: Wrting is and should be fun. Keep that in mind and write about whatever subject you enjoy.

Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ]

Are you guys twins or just brothers?
Neither. We aren't related. We're just best friends. Maybe it's like owning a pet. After a while, the pet starts to look like you.

How many books do you plan to write?
As many as possible. How many does everyone want to read?

Where do you get your characters?
In Knightscares, we started out using our kids as characters. Later we added more family members and even some pets. Now we write about anyone we think our readers will enjoy. Maybe that's a girl who can fly like Superman or a young man who has been turned into a werewolf.

Can you write a book about me?
We get a lot of requests for this and even more kids asking us to use their names in a book. While we can't write stories about specific people, we're always looking for good names. You never know. Your name might end up in one of our books some day.

Where did the name Knightscares come from?
David likes heroes, including old-fashioned heroes called knights. Charlie likes the spooky side of things. So we put them together and came up with Knightscares.

When did you start writing?
Charlie started writing in elementary school. He wrote spooky stories to scare his uncles. David knew in 8th grade that he was going to grow up to be an author. It's never too early to start writing.

Where do you do your writing?
We write most often in David's basement. It's quiet and the spiders leave us alone if we leave them alone. Our families lock us down there and won't let us out until we finish a new book. Lucky for us, they sometimes slip pizzas under the door.

How do two people work togeter on the same book?
Because we've been friends for so long, we've started to think alike. When one of us comes up with an idea, the other person usually says "Great idea!" rather than rejecting it. All writers have to plan out their writing. We do twice as much of that.

Is David or Charlie the artist?
No. Neither one of us can draw a straight line on a computer. :p