Matt Damman is the author, entrepreneur and co-creator of The Small Sports, from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Matt worked for three Fortune 500 companies before hanging up his suit and tie in 2012 to co-found MAP Creative LLC. Matt graduated from the University of Michigan in 1998. He currently lives in Michigan with his wife Shauna and their two children, Claire and Jake.What inspired you to be an author?
My children. Having two young kids (ages 3 and 6) we read to them constantly, and as i continued to come across books I really liked reading to them, or not, I thought more about writing myself. When I created the concept for The Small Sports the first logical product to put out, in my mind, was a storybook on how the little team came to be.
What do you remember wanted to be when you grew up?
I always loved sports and dreamt of playing for the Pistons, Tigers or Lions...depending what season it was. Into college I always thought I wanted to someday be an author, but had no idea how to pull that off, so I headed into sales and then finance and management.What makes your books unique or distinctive?
That we use a cast of wholesome characters to teach children about teamwork and good sportsmanship. We stayed away from overly done cartoon-ish or edgy or sassy characters, and we have an angle with sports that parents and children have really seemed to engage with. Our work is all original, written and illustrated by two people without a large production house.
What do you most love about the creative process?
The night when it's working! With a full time job and two kids, some nights I just know the creative juices aren't flowing...but when they do, I just love the feeling of creating something new. Putting ideas and new thoughts on paper that maybe, if I'm lucky, some child will find enjoyable.How long have you been writing/illustrating books?
We have been working on our book, and what will become a series, for over 2 1/2 years.
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