Brookhaven, GA, March 18, 2017 – by Trey Benton – Brian Dyker Brown, a Brookhaven based Author and Illustrator, has launched a new book titled, “The Heart of a King”, which he says appeals to adults “who want a beautifully illustrated book for their children that exemplifies bravery and the true power of love.”
The narrator of Brown’s new book, Emerson, is a dwarf poet and musician. He tells the classic tale of a dragon that lays siege to a small kingdom, causing people to cower in fear. The only one brave enough to fight the dragon is the realm’s aging king. Though he is afraid, the king dons his armor and rides off into the dark forest to kill the beast to save his family and his kingdom.
Brown tells The Post the inspiration for his new work started as a series of bedtime rhymes he made up for his kids when they were small. He said his kids didn’t accept ‘old’ rhymes; insisting on a constant flow of new rhymes. One of the rhymes grew into a full story – The Heart of a King – which became his new book.
“I want all kids to have a richly illustrated story of duty, bravery, discovery and ultimately love,” Brown explains. “Having worked in bookstores for many years, I highly value reading and I wanted to make a book that would spark children’s interest in reading real books (not just their phones, Facebook or Twitter).”
Brown’s motivation, in addition to trying to get his kids to go to sleep, centers around creating a book that harkens back to the books he grew up with. Books with lush, whimsical and engaging illustrations. Stories where, as a child, he may not have followed individual words, but the tale was clear and the words flowed like music.
“At the time the images fired my imagination and I think it was then I knew that if I could, I wanted to create worlds like those,” Brown recalls. “I still have those books my parents read to me. I read them now. They are still wonderful and beautiful, but I now know they have a depth I did not appreciate as a child. So, I wanted a book with a timeless quality but with a fresh, contemporary approach.”
An insurance executive for decades and currently owner of an insurance consulting company specializing in the emerging area of data breach insurance, Brown describes himself as an above average Dad to his three kids and a slightly below average singer/songwriter.
Born in the Midwest, Brown relocated to the Atlanta/Brookhaven area for his insurance career nearly 30 years ago. “Throughout my life I studied drawing and painting,” he proudly explains. “As a freelance artist I’ve completed numerous commissions ranging from portraits, corporate logos (such as the Silver Skillet) and murals, although recently, I’ve dedicated more time to pursuing opportunities to showcase my artwork. The Heart of a King is one example.”
“I fell in love with art and began my artistic journey in large part due to the books my folks read to me when I was small,” Brown told The Post. “I started then and haven’t stopped. To me art is life distilled and refined. Frankly, it is a sort of magic. At its most basic level an illustration is just lines and color on a flat surface. We become participants as our minds then form these into three-dimensional images. It is a kind of sleight of hand that is fun to create and enjoyable to see.”
As far as writing goes, Brown sees keeping a rhyme flowing smoothly while telling a meaningful story as a very satisfying challenge. He says it’s sort of like completing a multidimensional crossword puzzle.
The Heart of a King is being published by Balboa Press, a division of Hay House who publishes for distinguished authors such as Wayne Dyer, Suze Orman and Deepak Chopra. Brown says he is nearly finished with a second book called – Celestial Rhymes for Children. This is a collection of original illustrated poems for modern-day children. “Think Mother Goose meets Mother Earth,” he adds.
Brown will also have a booth at the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival being held in Blackburn Park on March 25th and 26th. He will have prints of the illustrations found in The Heart of a King, as well as signed copies of his new book available for purchase.
Below is an introduction to The Heart of a King, a new book by Author/Illustrator, Brian Dyker Brown.