An interview with Claudio Sanchez

OPB: In some ways, Kid Crazy and the Kilowatt King is a departure from the type of books you’ve published in the past. Can you tell us a little bit about what led you to write a children’s book?

CS: It was just sort of happenstance. I was working on a concept for a Coheed record that evolved into a children's story. It was perfect timing though, as shortly after we started working on it, my wife and I found out we were expecting our son, Atlas.

OPB: Now that you’ve dipped your toes into children’s literature, would you consider writing another children’s book in the future?

CS: Absolutely.

OPB: Unlike other picture books for young children, Kid Crazy and the Kilowatt King does a lot of world building. The reader sees many sides of this fantastical world, and then we learn about the city, its citizens, and its ruler. Are you interested in returning to this world in the future?

CS: Actually, I've been toying with the idea of continuing on, to further explore the world of Kid Crazy. I enjoyed the characters so much that I don't see it as a one off.

OPB: You’ve recorded a song specifically for this book and pressed it into amazing-looking vinyl. Where can readers go to get their hands on this special package?

CS: Readers can visit evilink.com to order the set.

OPB: Why do you think it is difficult for some people to learn to say please?

CS: I don't think it's difficult for people to learn to say please, but sometimes, in the rush of life, it's an easy sentiment to forget. I thought this might be a nice little opportunity to remind yourself to be courteous, while teaching your children the value of manners.

OPB: What other writing projects are you hoping to work on in the future?

CS: Right now we're finishing a comic series called The Amory Wars that is directly related to the band I perform in. There are lots of other outlines for comic stories in the pipeline, but that is the most pressing at the moment.

OPB: As the front man for a multi-platinum rock band, you’ve written a book where the antagonist demands people sing for him without politely requesting a performance, and without showing gratitude for the performances he receives. Is there anything you’d like to say to your fan base?

CS: Ha! I actually think for the most part, our fanbase is some of the most polite and kind people out there, but every once in a while you'll run into someone who could benefit from this book ;)