We are very fortunate at the LCBD to have the opportunity to work with two Loveland authors who write children’s books, Nick Roussos and Zach Wood.
Nick Roussos wrote and self-published his first book, Helping in Action, in 2014. The book is for beginning readers. Nick was born in Ethiopia, Africa and that is the setting for the book. Nick’s ambition is to write many more books. He would love to write a book a year.
Nick began working with the Loveland Center for Business Development (LCBD) in August 2013. He has been a vendor at the LCBD Community Marketplace for two years, sells his books at Rabbask Designs, Loveland Visitors Center, Amazon.com and also on his website.
Nick is also an inspirational public speaker and recently was a speaker at the Front Range TedX event on June 13, 2015. Being a speaker at a TedX event is quite impressive. It is doubly impressive that Nick was chosen to be a speaker, since he uses an assistive device for speaking.
Although Nick has Cerebral Palsy (developed at birth), that does not stop him from trying as many outdoor activities as he possibly can. Nick has entered marathons, triathlons, and other racing competitions through Athletes in Tandem. He does horseback riding, waterskiing, and snow skiing.
Zach Wood came to work with the LCBD at the beginning of 2015. Zach Wood started out writing in high school at MVHS; first creating the Carlos Series featuring Carlos Goes to Preschool and Carlos Rides the School Bus. The first two books involve Zach’s own personal experiences and the message is simple. In some ways Zach is different but in some ways he is the same as everyone else. Presently, Zach has created a new series called The Disability Gang which features learning about a different disability in each book. So far in the series people will learn about blindness, autism and deafness. Zach enjoys learning about different disabilities himself through the research he does before he writes each book. These books were recently delivered to the illustrator, Rochelle Peeler. Rochelle has a whimsical style and is gifted in her use of colored pencils.
Not only does Zach do public book signings at events around town, he has also created a PowerPoint presentation for diversity training for any organization that would like to be more educated and in tune with today’s society.
When Zach isn’t writing, you can find him volunteering at Artisan You on 4th Street in Loveland, CO. You can follow Zach on his website: www.zlwbooks.com or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zlwbooks.
Both Nick and Zach will be selling their books in the children’s section of the Loveland Public Library during this year’s Loveland Community Marketplace event on Saturday, October 24th from 10 am to 4 pm. This will be a joint venture with the Loveland Youth Gardeners program.