Jonathan Kuiper, Author and Educator
Middle School Teacher Who Loves Writing Books for His Students
Jonathan Kuiper is a proud native of New Hampshire. If you ask him whether his home experiences all four seasons, he'll be quick to add there are five. He wants readers to never forget the joys of mud season. Active throughout the year, he runs and ice skates to brainstorm new ideas. A teacher by trade, Jonathan uses his students as inspiration and for feedback on his latest projects. His writing influences are C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jane Austen, Mike Jefferies, and Robert Crane.
In between teaching middle and high school students, he travels up and down the Atlantic seaboard living life and coming up with new ideas. Most of Kuiper's books focus on the complexity of human relationships and how we experience and live life. He appreciates writing about realistic events with an understanding that the world is not black or white, nor are the people that live here.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from his books:
Focusing on the four books of the Luza series, I want readers to better understand the effects of bullying and how to move forward from loss.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of his books:
As an educator for 14+ years with an MA in Conflict Resolution, I have seen and managed all types of bullying inside and outside of my classroom. More importantly, I have counseled students, friends, and strangers on moving forward after experiencing loss. After losing my twin brother in a car accident at the age of 25 and through my conflict resolution training at Abilene Christian University, as well as military service, I have learned, seen, and grown in this area. Now I am using my diverse experience to develop stories that help others face these similar obstacles and challenges.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
Speaking engagements vary depending on audience. As a teacher I have done presentations on the writing process specifically on how to craft a story and how to use our personal experiences to develop interesting characters and conflicts.
I have also done several presentations on managing conflict between students and on how to cope and deal with the stress students face daily. Sometimes I incorporate my books and other times I use exercises from my conflict resolution training.
Concerning my books specifically, I give presentations specifically on the creation of the Luza series, the influences behind the books, and how I used other authors and works at motivation to craft a young adult fantasy series that resonates with today's teen readers.
Utilizing different books, I also do engagements on grief and loss. Having lost my twin brother thirteen years ago, I have a unique perspective on how to cope with losing a loved one and how to manage life whether in the weeks, months, or years ahead.
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