Erik Korhel – The Kid with the Red Juice Mustache and other nostalgic companions

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

My Most recent book is called, The Kid with the Red Juice Mustache and other nostalgic companions. This is my second picture book of children’s poems based on my own experiences growing up in the surrounding Seattle area.

Tell us something about yourself.

I am from Seattle, Washington and have been writing since I graduated high school. I started writing poems for children within the past five years. I own and operate a small book publishing company and a book distribution company. There are currently two touring performances that were created by a dance and performance studio inspired by the poems in both of my books. This theatrical and dance show has been successfully touring many major bookstores, public libraries and elementary schools. The performance includes actors, props and original music. I am also a painter that has exhibited my work throughout United States and Europe.

What inspired you to write this book?

The experiences I had as a child growing up in a neighborhood with plenty to do.

How did you choose the title?

After looking through some photos of my sister and I as children I noticed that in a majority of the pictures we had red juice mustaches.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I write in my car at night while parked in a quiet, desolate area with the windows rolled down no matter what season it is. I often drive through the neighborhood I grew up in for inspiration.

Who are your favorite authors?

Authors that I enjoy reading most are Dylan Thomas, Henry Rollins, Antonin Artaud, Steven Jesse Bernstein and Franz Kafka to name only a few. The children’s book authors that I enjoy most are Richard Scarry and Jacqueline Woodson.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

The best advice I can give other writers is put your passion before anything else. Don’t necessarily focus on whatever genre happens to be the flavor of the month. If you follow your heart, the editors, publishers and readers will notice.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Perfect readers for my book are children from 5 – 11 years old. Parents often enjoy the book as many of the poems are universally relatable.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?


  1. Eleanor Hannemann says

    Erik, What a treat – your new books sounds fantastic. Tell your mom and dad “they done good!” Eleanor Hannemann