MAYO — Inspired by his son, David Blaze decided to try and leave a legacy that included him.

The author of “My Fox Ate My Homework,” “Epic Kids” and “Frozen 2,” mission accomplished.

“My middle name is David, and my son’s middle name is Blaze, and because he is the inspiration behind me beginning my career in writing children’s books, I wanted there to be a legacy and for him to be a part of it,” Blaze said of where he came up with the pen name during a visit Jan. 17 to the Mayo Boys & Girls Club with his wife, Regina, and son, Zander.

The Boys & Girls Club bought 80 copies of “Epic Kids” for the youth at the club to be able to take it home and enjoy for themselves.

“The Fox Ate My Homework,” his first children’s book published, took seven months to write, he told the crowd at the Boys & Girls Club.

Blaze then asked if any of the children liked the movies, “Frozen” and “Frozen II.”

After a resounding response of nearly every child in attendance, Blaze told them that he wrote the book that matched the “Frozen II” movie.

Blaze explained that he was first contacted by Disney about the offer, and they wanted a copy of every book he had ever written, which he excitedly sent promptly. He then said it took one whole year for Disney to reach back out to him, when they then confirmed that they wanted him to write the book for “Frozen II” before the movie was set to hit theaters. Blaze explained the process of reading the movie script as it was written and rewritten while the movie was being made, then writing the book along with each scene, while including details and extra little scenes here and there.

Blaze encouraged the children to not give up on their dreams and aspirations.

“You’re going to do something amazing that the world is going to know about one day,” he said, which comes from his book, “Epic Kids.”

When Blaze was asked about his grades in school, he told the children that he made A’s B’s and C’s when he was younger to which changed to mainly A’s and B’s as he got older. Blaze then used this question to make sure that the kids, especially those who were vocal about their dislike of school, that “Every parent and every teacher is a superhero, did you know that?”

Kara M. Compo is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government, politics, law enforcement and first responders. ​

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