Erik Slader

Erik Slader is the writer and creator of “Epik Fails of History” a blog (and podcast) about the most epic fails… of history. He first started the site back in 2012 and has since co-authored four published history books, including ‘The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving Into History’ and ‘The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff’. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media, once managed a comic book shop, has a weakness for fancy coffee as well as retro video games, and currently lives in Green Cove Springs, Florida with too many cats.

Erik Slader Website
Most Recent Book
The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving into History book


What do you hope young readers experience from your work?

I hope they enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoyed researching and writing them! If kids learn a thing or two along the way, I'll consider that a bonus and if they do it while laughing, even better! To me, the most important take away from the history is that failure is just a stepping stone on the road to success.

What does a typical work day look like for you?

When it comes to writing, I usually like to work on my 'days off'. I prefer to first get as many chores and adulting things out of the way as possible so I can set aside time to really crank out what I need to get done with as few distractions as possible. When it comes to my writing process, I usually like to plan everything out: I'll have all the chapters mapped out, before I even start. I type everything out on my laptop, but will occasionally jot notes down when I'm doing research. When I'm working, I'm usually munching on some gluten free pretzels, drinking coffee and listening to some music (I've got this playlist with a bunch of techno, 80's rock, and retro video game soundtracks).

Do you have a favorite children’s book?

There's so many good ones! Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree" are up there, but as a kid when I was first really getting into reading, I absolutely loved R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps" series.

What do you do when you're in need of some inspiration?

Fortunately this isn't usually a problem for me. I'm constantly finding inspiration for new stories in everyday life. The problem is finding the time to write them down. Occasionally, when I'm working on a project, I'll need to step away. Sometimes watching a movie, listening to a podcast, or reading will help to clear my head.

Do you have any upcoming books you can tell us about?

There's two more "EPIC FAILS" books hitting shelves next year: 'Not-So-Great Presidents' and 'The Age of Exploration: Totally Getting Lost'!

What is a goal you'd like to accomplish, either within the field of children's literature, or outside it?

Eventually, I would love to write science fiction! One of these days, I'd really like to try my hand at writing screenplays and comic books too.

If you weren't a children's book author/illustrator, what would you do?

One way or another, I'd still be a writer, whether or not I would be getting paid for it...

chapter Books

courage · coping with failure · history
The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving into History
America · outer space · coping with failure
The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff


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