Ten years later, he faced his biggest fears – reading and writing; held a pen and took to writing a children’s book.
McIntyre always had dreams of writing a book. So, at 37 years of age McIntyre went back to school to improve his writing skills; he was amazed that Jean Smith his teacher when he was 7 years old was still teaching there.
In 1997 he started writing, his first self-published book came out in December 2000. Having worked in the construction business, McIntyre has based his children’s books on a digger named Doug.
He has visited hundreds of schools in New Zealand, hoping to inspire kids to write, and teaching kids about construction machinery.
Yesterday, he paid a visit to Tereora College, talking with students about the art of writing.
“Just write, don’t hesitate, don’t worry about the spelling or punctuation marks.”
Doug the Digger – The Need for Teeth and Doug the Digger – The Need for Listening books are available online.