Art Virtual Book Tour, Author Interview, and Giveaway

Wednesday, November 29, 2023


Written by Marin
34 Pages | Publisher: Fontreal
ISBN-13: 9781989661215

Publisher’s Book Summary: Art is autistic and artistic.

Art has just one friend – his teddy bear.

Art does not speak, but he makes art. Art that dismisses gravity.

The publication crowns the artist and turns royalty into a mere audience. The sophisticated illustrations inspire readers to express their emotions, verbalize their feelings, and create their own stories.

Available for purchase here.


Marin is proud to be a self-published children’s book creator. He writes his stories, illustrates the books, designs the covers, formats the pages, and publishes the volumes. He even creates new fonts for his publications to make them one-of-a-kind. To achieve a world-class status for his books, Marin “marinates” them in a special creative compound.

Marin lives with his family on the Canadian East Coast. He is very thankful that the weather there is often bad and gives him more chances to sit in front of a computer and create. His works are available in several different formats:

HARDCOVER: books are cataloged and can be ordered in any bookstore or library in North America. A book title, author’s name, or ISBN is needed for placing an order.

SOFTCOVER and EBOOK: available on Amazon, Kobo, Google Books, Barnes & Noble, and other big and small book retailers.

AUDIOBOOK: obtainable from Audible, iTunes, MagicBlox, and other vendors.

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Life Is What It's Called - What is your background in illustrating and writing?

Marin - I try to marry all the necessary ingredients for picture books – text, visuals, and design. Preparing all of them by myself allows me the opportunity to create a cohesive work of art. Also, because my name is Marin, I "marinate" my creations in a special concoction that helps them become one-of-a-kind. 

Life Is What It's Called - What do you want the readers to know about you?

Marin - I have yet to experience so-called writer’s block – I can create a good story if you give me just one word to start with.

Life Is What It's Called - What inspired you to write and illustrate ART?

Marin - I have always been interested to learn more about people living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), savants in particular. I have been fascinated with the incredible abilities they possess and in my eyes, the challenging lives they have. My goal was to create a book like no other – to match the uniqueness of a non-verbal person on the spectrum. 

Life Is What It's Called - Can you tell us about your art style and influences for this book?

Marin - I can’t really tell you about my art style as I do not have a particular manner of illustrating my books. I find that my protagonists dictate the technique I apply in order to portray them as perfectly as possible. Regarding ART: I wanted to make simple, yet sophisticated illustrations with 3D etching effects. The thought behind it was that it would encompass the simple, yet sophisticated social behavior of an individual manifesting savant skills. 

Life Is What It's Called - How do you think the art in this book will inspire the readers?

Marin - People with ASD often have poor social skills and the public at large knows very little about them. I wanted readers to see the world through the eyes of an individual with the disorder. As you know, extraordinary abilities are more common in autism than in any other social group. I am sure one day our society will learn how to utilize the unmatched expertise of people living with ASD.

Life Is What It's Called - What lessons do you hope readers will learn from reading ART?

Marin - I want my readers to learn that savants have unparalleled abilities and their minds are wired in ways other than ours. Therefore, they are different from the rest of us and they can do magical things.

Life Is What It's Called - How do you see ART being used in homes, classrooms, and libraries?

Apart from a few introductory lines, ART is a wordless book - many savants are also non-verbal. I created the publication deliberately this way with the hopes of representing silent persons and to encourage children’s imaginations to continue the story on their own. If used in homes, classrooms and libraries, the publication will have numerous epilogues while kids learn creative writing and language mastery.

Life Is What It's Called - What creative projects are you working on next?

Marin - My next book is titled BEMBE’S HEART. Bembe is an ancient Mayan name meaning “son of a prophecy”.

It is a book that every mother should read to her child. Without spilling the beans, I will tell you one thing about the publication: it is a whimsical story about the only child in the world born without a heart...


Enter the giveaway for the chance to win an autographed hardcover copy of Art and $50 sent via PayPal! A complimentary download of Marin's book The Smile is also available to everyone right now on Amazon.

ART: Book Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Fontreal. The review and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.

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