In author Sean Diviny’s children’s book “Halloween Motel”, expect the unexpected. When a family checks into the wrong hotel, readers might surmise how the story will unfold. However, Diviny deliberately includes a few unanticipated twists, providing readers with the adventure and surprises meant to keep their attention, and keep them laughing, too.
Add to this, Diviny’s distinguishing trait of writing in rhyme, and the result is a book that has kept oodles of children, and adults alike, entertained for more than a decade.
With Halloween fast approaching, Diviny joins up with the Northridge branch of the Los Angeles Public Library to offer a lively presentation focused around his two children’s books. Dressed in a flashy zoot suit, befitting the season, Diviny will read his books, and then talk about what went into their creation. He’ll round out the program with the addition of some fun and games.
The unpredictability that Diviny weaves into his stories was also inherent when he first began writing children’s books. He had been working on the lyrics to a song. However, after his musician friend lost interest in the project they were working on together, Diviny wasn’t sure what to do next.
By chance, another of Diviny’s friends Joe Rocco noticed the lyrics lying on a table and read them. It was his encouragement that led Diviny onto a new path. Collaborating together, Rocco as illustrator and Diviny as author, resulted in the creation of “Snow Inside the House”, a whimsical children’s book in which building a snowman inside the living room is only one of the outlandish activities that takes place.
One of Diviny’s distinguishing traits is that his books are written in rhyme. He enjoys this style, but admits it is a challenging and time-consuming process. Still, if his method makes his books more appealing, then the extra effort he puts in, is well worth the results. Diviny says both children and parents appreciate the form. Then too, when writing, he looks for themes that are universal, such as kids escaping monsters in “Halloween Motel”. He hopes, that in years to come, his work will continue to retain a timeless appeal.
Since penning his children’s books, Diviny’s career has included working as a writer for television shows, including Disney’s “Special Agent Oso” and “Alias”. These days, he’s in the process of writing a sequel to “Halloween Motel”.
Diviny, who started doing appearances before audiences years ago with his book tours, has since done hundreds of presentations across the country. His main goal, he says, is to inspire children and remind them that their futures are filled with endless possibilities.
When he was growing up in Pennsylvania, he wasn’t used to meeting professional role models up close. About the only one he remembers was a policeman who brought in his dog for the children to see.
“I would have loved to have met a real life author or illustrator,” Diviny said.
As a writer in the entertainment business, Diviny says, time and again, he was told that the industry was extremely difficult to break into. In addition, he was told publishing a book was equally tough.
“People told me I would never get published,” he recalls.
However, Diviny pushed forward, regardless of the odds against him.
“Everything can happen,” he said, “if you believe, and you work hard.”
(“A Visit with Author Sean Diviny” takes place this Thursday, Oct. 27 from 4:00-4:45 p.m. at the Northridge Branch Library located at 9051 Darby Avenue, Northridge 91325. For additional information call: (818) 886-3640. Kids, if you’d like, wear your Halloween costume to this special event.)