Gumbo Joy

An Author Interview with
Robert Dixon Jr.

A Picture Book Author Interview is one way to learn about the author and their book. They can be fun and informative. Interviews with authors help readers to better understand how and why stories were written. This week I would like you to meet Robert Dixon Jr. author of Gumbo Joy.  Not only is the pot of gumbo filled with joy, the entire book is full of joy!

Book Title: Gumbo Joy by Robert P. Dixon Jr.

Book Link:

Short Summary of the book:
Gumbo Joy is a great book concerning fatherhood, food, culture and family and our eternal roots to Africa.


Social media: Facebook- Robert Dixonjr

Short Bio: I was born and raised in New Orleans. I am a part-time firefighter and I have a 10yr old daughter that I’m raising.

When did you realize you wanted to be a children’s book author?

When the publisher came to me with an idea of me teaching my daughter how to make gumbo and joy it brings almost everyone whom taste it.

What is your favorite part of being an author?

My favorite part about being author is the many lives I can touch with my story and our history within that story.

What inspired this book?

My daughter ,my love for cooking and my New Orleans culture and character I was raised within.

How long did it take you to write this book?

It took a few months, however the pandemic stretched it for a year or more.

What part of the book was the most fun to write?

Teaching my daughter about how to make gumbo.

What advice would you give a writer working on their first book?

Staying vigilant in your goals. Being persistent and very intentional while following through. However, being patient.

What are you working on now? OR What would you like people to know about you or the book?

I’m researching a childrens book on Black Firefighters.

Thoughts …

I enjoyed this book and learned a great deal about making gumbo.

It is not too early to start thinking about spring holidays and events that will require a gift. Books make wonderful gifts and Gumbo Joy is one of those books that any child or teacher would love to receive as a gift. 

f you would like to read more author interviews you can here and here.

Requests …

If you are a new picture book author and would like to have your book featured on my blog, please contact me. The picture book author interview is a way for you to share your book and help your readers learn more about you as an author. I can’t wait to meet you and read your new book!

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