Author Chat with Pete Begler, Plus Giveaway!

Author Chat with Pete Begler, Plus Giveaway!

Today we're excited to chat with Pete Beglerauthor 

of The Fearless Travelers' Guide to Wicked Places

Below you'll find more about Pete

his book, plus a giveaway!

 

 

What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

 

My two daughters inspired me to write The Fearless Travelers’ Guide. I found the book provided me with a way to give them advice on learning from failure, discovering you are stronger than you think, the importance of pushing through your doubts, and finding your  innate bravery.  I hoped that by letting it come through a gripping story with a character who was like them and not through a “talk from Dad,” it might stick more.

 

Who is your favorite character in the book?

 

My favorite character is Nell. I admire her tenacity in the face of ever--present obstacles, her curiosity, and her delight in the strange things she encounters.

 

 Which came first, the title or the novel?

 

The book went through many revisions and two almost completely different versions were written. I had the title before I launched into the final text. The title really did helped guide and shape the manuscript.

 

What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

 

I would have to say the opening chapter, where the cloud kidnaps Nell’s mother, is among my favorites. The scene was incredibly important as it helped me set the tone of the book. Even before I began to write, I had the image of a shoe falling from a cloud stuck in my head. It was so creepy to me and the more I thought about it the more the rest of the story unfolded.

Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

 

I have learned the importance of patience and persistence. I had so many ideas and often not a lot of time to write. At first I wanted to get it all out on the page but I realized I needed to take it slow and rewrite until I felt I had written the scene in the way that worked the best.

 

What do you like most about the cover of the book?

           

I like it all! The artist Manuel Sumberac and the designer Kay Fraser did a fantastic job capturing the tone of the book. Every time I look at it I notice something different. I feel like the cover is as wild, strange, scary, mystical and inviting as the story.

 

 What was your favorite book in 2016?

 

I read two books that I found incredibly moving and inspiring and I can’t recommend them enough. The first was True Grit, written in 1968 by Charles Portis. It is the story of fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross who in 1873 heads out to avenge the murder of her father. Mattie’s voice is astonishing, wise, funny and brave. She seems to me one of the great characters in all of American literature. After reading the book I listened to an audiobook version narrated by the novelist Donna Tartt, which was astounding. This led me to Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch. The story was so beautiful and the characters so real that I couldn’t put it down. The writing was poetic, funny and heart-wrenching.

 

Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

 

Freyja Skoll was the hardest character to write. Villains are so important in a book and finding the right tone was difficult. I wanted to make Freyja’s relationship to Fenn real and important without accidently making her too sympathetic.

 

Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

 

I like both parts for different reasons. I like drafting because it’s usually where the surprises in the story come for me. I work from an outline that is loose enough for things to come up that I didn’t expect so it is fun to sit down with one scene in mind and watch it take an unexpected turn. I love revising because it is a time when I can really concentrate on sentences. I really admire lyrical writing and aspire to write beautiful sentences that stand on their own.  Some writers I admire like Philip Pullman, J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman (the list is very long) pull this off seemingly effortlessly and almost every sentence shimmers. I feel happy to have a few every chapter and revision is the way to get there.

 

 Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

 

The Pablove Foundation is an organization that raises money and awareness to fight childhood cancer. Not only do they raise money for research to help find a cure, but they also have an inspiring program called Pablove Shutterbugs that teaches children living with cancer to develop their creative voice through the art of photography.

 

 

Meet Pete Begler!
 

Pete Begler lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters where he writes for movies and television including the Hulu drama Chance. He has taught writing at Art Center College Of Design.
 
 
 
Meet The Fearless Travelers' Guide to Wicked Places!
 
 
Twelve-year-old Nell Perkins knows there is magic at work that she can’t yet understand. Her mother has been taken by witches and turned into a bird. Nell must journey to get her mother back, even if it takes her deep into the Wicked Places ― the frightening realm where Nightmares resides. There she must break the spell and stop the witches from turning our world into a living nightmare.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
The Fearless Travelers' Guide to Wicked Places

By: Pete Begler

Release Date: March 1, 2017 

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Comments 9

John on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 22:29

The cover looks exciting, and the synopsis also makes me want to read this!

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The cover looks exciting, and the synopsis also makes me want to read this!
Nancy Hernandez on Sunday, 05 March 2017 03:48

Love the cover and the story has captured my interest.

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Love the cover and the story has captured my interest.
Crista cast on Sunday, 05 March 2017 14:31

The cover is beautiful to stare at, I just love it , and the story sounds dark but fun.

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The cover is beautiful to stare at, I just love it , and the story sounds dark but fun.
Sydney on Monday, 06 March 2017 20:24

I can tell that a lot of time was put into the cover and I appreciate that, making me think that the synopsis had a lot of thought put into it as well. It looks really interesting!

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I can tell that a lot of time was put into the cover and I appreciate that, making me think that the synopsis had a lot of thought put into it as well. It looks really interesting!
Anne on Thursday, 09 March 2017 22:03

Sounds like an exciting story! I love the cover!

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Sounds like an exciting story! I love the cover!
Mindy on Friday, 17 March 2017 12:28

Love the cover! The story sounds cool!

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Love the cover! The story sounds cool!
Danielle Hammelef on Thursday, 23 March 2017 15:12

The cover is spooky and perfectly matches the synopsis. This will be fun to read.

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The cover is spooky and perfectly matches the synopsis. This will be fun to read.
Penny Olson on Monday, 27 March 2017 12:57

The cover and synopsis convey a lot of action and suspense.

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The cover and synopsis convey a lot of action and suspense.
Dan Denman on Thursday, 30 March 2017 12:12

I like all of the imagery in the cover. The synopsis sounds exciting and creepy!

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I like all of the imagery in the cover. The synopsis sounds exciting and creepy!

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