Author Chat with Ted Staunton (The Seven Prequels Boxset), Plus Giveaway!!

Author Chat with Ted Staunton (The Seven Prequels Boxset), Plus Giveaway!!

Today we're excited to chat with Ted Staunton

author of The Seven Series

Below you'll find more about Tedhis books, plus a giveaway!

 

 

 

 

YABC:   What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

When you trace “inspirations” for a book you always come up with an odd mix of seemingly unrelated junk that somehow got cobbled together. For Speed, I had the main family characters already, because the story is a “prequel”, so I was interested in showing how Spencer might have found his love for movies that is so much a part of the other books in the series. The War of 1812 stuff came partly from reading a book about oddball Civil War reenactors and partly because when I was a kid my family was involved, through my grandpa with Toronto’s Old Fort York. Having Spencer and his brother Bunny involved in parallel adventures in the exact same place and time was a choice Richard Scrimger and I made because it was a fun technical challenge: can the guys have separate but related stories and just keep missing each other by a second or two? Can we write the stories and not give away each other’s endings? That way you can read either Richard’s book (Weerdest Day Ever) or mine, still have lots of fun and a complete story, but if you read both you get bonus story. Things that seemed like meaningless details in one book turn out to be important in the other.

 

YABC:   Who is your favorite character in the book?

My favorite character would be Spencer. Other characters underestimate Spencer and maybe because of that he underestimates himself, so it’s a surprise (I hope) when he rises to a challenge. Like many people who feel like a bit of an outsider, he has a slightly mocking view of the world and I can relate strongly to that. Plus, like Spencer, I was a super skinny kid and I hated it when my mom made me wear shorts.

Second fave character would be Luther, the bad guy with the sideburns. The bad guys, or obsessive characters of any kind are always fun to write.

 

YABC:   Which came first, the title or the novel?

It varies from book to book, but in this case the story came before the title. At various times it had a couple of other titles that I now can’t remember and I can’t seem to find in my files. Clearly they weren’t that memorable.

 

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

I don’t know that there is one scene I’m most proud of. My favorite scenes are practically always ones where Spencer and another character are confusing each other. I like his first talk with Irene Steele, his dinner with Luther, and his final confrontation with him. Another scene I liked writing was Spencer having a snack with Grandpa while they sit in the Jeep. I’m a dad, so it’s nice to write about fathers and sons or even grandfathers and sons.

 

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

Patience. I still have trouble being patient, but I know now that I’m practically never going to get it right the first time, that solutions will come to me, that the plot twist I need might be in a quirky story in tomorrow’s news.

Also, that shaping and writing a book is rarely a solo activity. Lots of people contribute in lots of ways and I’m grateful for anything that helps make my work better. It’s not quite a team sport, but not far off. 

 

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

I like that you can’t see Spencer’s face clearly. Every reader should always have the freedom to imagine the main character any way they want.. I also like how the camera is pointed like a weapon because it’s a nifty connection to part of the story.

 

YABC:   What’s up next for you?

I have way more projects on the go than it’s healthy to have, but all of them are fun. They include another short novel about Spencer making a music video, a picture book, and a middle grade mystery novel - all to be published next spring - a graphic novel, and a new series of comic novels with some writing buddies. And then I have two ideas for dark teen mysteries. Plus…

 

YABC:   Is there anything that you would like to add?

Writing all the Spencer books in the SEVEN series has been tons of fun. It’s great to see all the different approaches, find ways to link stories and still have lots of creative freedom. I know Richard Scrimger and I still have ideas for more about Spencer and his brother Bunny.

 

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

It’s a tough call, but I’m going to go with revising. Remember I mentioned learning patience in an earlier answer? Figuring out the twists and turns of character and plot still makes me impatient and anxious sometimes. Once I’ve got the basics in place I can enjoy going back in and sharpening everything up.

 

YABC:   What would you say is your superpower?

Coming up with coherent answers to interview questions and handing them in on time.

 

 

Meet The Seven Prequels!!

 

Jungle LandThe Missing SkullSpeedWeerdest Day Ever!

 

SlideBarracudaSeparated

 

The seven grandsons from the bestselling Seven (the series) and The Seven Sequels return in the Seven Prequels, along with their daredevil grandfather, David McLean. Eric Walters, John Wilson, Ted Staunton, Richard Scrimger, Norah McClintock, Sigmund Brouwer and Shane Peacock bring their signature writing styles to a series of adventures that take readers from the jungles of Central America to the mysterious streets of Stockholm.

 

 

 

Click here to pre-order the boxed set!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Authors!!

 

Eric Walters began writing in 1993 as a way to entice his grade five students into becoming more interested in reading and writing. At the end of the year, one student suggested that he try to have his story published. Since that first creation, Eric has published over eighty novels and picture books. Many of his works have become bestsellers and he has won over one hundred awards. Often his stories incorporate themes that reflect his background in education and social work and his commitment to humanitarian and social-justice issues. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 70,000 students per year in schools throughout North America.

 

John Wilson grew up on the Isle of Skye and outside Glasgow in Scotland without the slightest idea that he would ever write books. After a degree in Geology from St. Andrews University, he worked in Zimbabwe and Alberta before taking up writing full-time and moving out to Lantzville on Vancouver Island in 1991. John is addicted to history and firmly believes that the past must have been just as exciting, confusing and complex to those who lived through it as our world is to us. John has written over forty books of fiction and nonfiction, and has won or been shortlisted for many awards, including the GGs, Geoffrey Bilson, Red Maple, and White Pine awards.

 

Ted Staunton divides his time between writing and a busy schedule as a speaker, workshop leader, storyteller and musical performer for children and adults. Ted is the author of numerous books for young readers of all ages, including Puddleman, the Morgan series, and the acclaimed Hope Springs a Leak, which was shortlisted for both a Silver Birch Award and a Hackmatack Award. His most recent novel is the YA mystery thriller, Who I’m Not.

 

Richard Scrimger is the award-winning author of twenty books for children and adults, a couple of screenplays and some print journalism. His middle-school novel, The Nose from Jupiter, won the Mr.Christie Award and his books have appeared on ALA’s Kid’s Pick of the List, and The Globe & Mail and ALA’s Notable Book lists. His books have been translated into almost a dozen languages (actually eleven).

 

Norah McClintock writes mystery and crime fiction for young adult readers. She is the author of the Chloe & Levesque, Mike & Reil, Robyn Hunter, and Ryan Dooley series, as well as many stand-alone novels. Norah grew up in Montreal, Quebec, is a graduate of McGill University (in history, of all things) and lives in Toronto, Ontario. She is a five-time winner of the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arther Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Novel. Her novels have been translated into sixteen languages.

 

Sigmund Brouwer is the bestselling author of nineteen novels and several series of childrens’ titles, with over 3 million books in print in seven languages - including titles in the Orca Echoes, Currents, and Sports series. His recent novel, Devil’s Pass, was a finalist for one of Canada’s major literary awards for children, the John Spray Mystery Award; it is also a Red Maple nominee and Kirkus Reviews Critic’s Pick. He speaks to over 80,000 students a year, all across North America. Sigmund and his family divide their time between Red Deer, Alberta and Nashville, Tennessee, where his Grammy-nominated wife is a singer and songwriter.

 

Shane Peacock is a biographer, journalist, screenwriter and the author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including the Boy Sherlock Holmes series. His work has won many donors, including the Geoffrey Bilson Award, the Libris Award and two Arthur Ellis Awards for Crime Fiction. His novel, Becoming Holmes, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Because Shane ofter writes about unusual subjects, his research methods have, at times, been out of the ordinary too; he has learned the arts of tight-rope walking, silent killing, trapeze flying and sumo eating, all in the service of his art.

 

 

 

Website * Twitter * Facebook * Instagram

 

 

 

 

 

The Seven Prequels Boxset

By: Numerous Authors

Release Date: September 20, 2016 

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers 

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

One winner will receive The Seven Prequels Boxset (US & Canada only).
 *Click the Rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway*
 
 
 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Featured Review: The Ugly Teapot (Fred Holmes)
Story Starters: Origins
 

Comments 5

Already Registered? Login Here
Caity Dooley on Sunday, 25 September 2016 21:04

For me the covers aren't the greatest I've ever seen but the idea of it makes up for that. I love discovering new books so this is a cool opportunity to get prequels to test out if I like the author's style of writing, and the plot in general. The synopsis is fine but not all that attention-grabbing. Anyways I hope I get the chance to read these books!

0
For me the covers aren't the greatest I've ever seen but the idea of it makes up for that. I love discovering new books so this is a cool opportunity to get prequels to test out if I like the author's style of writing, and the plot in general. The synopsis is fine but not all that attention-grabbing. Anyways I hope I get the chance to read these books!
Anne on Sunday, 25 September 2016 23:27

Great interview! Covers are not the best but I would love to read every authors' story.

0
Great interview! Covers are not the best but I would love to read every authors' story. :)
John on Monday, 17 October 2016 02:16

The cover and synopsis are very intriguing.

0
The cover and synopsis are very intriguing.
Danielle Hammelef on Saturday, 22 October 2016 14:08

I love this boxed set--I haven't read a fun adventure atory in along time and this one has seven! The covers all show exciting action, and allthough not the best I've seen, it's what;s inside that counts!.

0
I love this boxed set--I haven't read a fun adventure atory in along time and this one has seven! The covers all show exciting action, and allthough not the best I've seen, it's what;s inside that counts!.
Allison on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 00:33

I actually a few of the covers, and the story sounds very interesting

0
I actually a few of the covers, and the story sounds very interesting

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Even Monsters Go To School
What’s a school day like for you? ...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Can Cat and Bird Be Friends
In a sweet and clever picture book from debut author-illustrator...
 
3.5
 
0.0 (0)
Origami Bible Stories For Kids
Perfect for Sunday school lessons and youth group activities--paper figures...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Pig the Stinker
In this hilarious adventure, Pig the Pug STINKS! Pig likes...
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Little Rabbit Lost
It is Little Rabbit’s birthday and his family surprises him...
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Cece Loves Science and Adventure
Cece loves science and adventure! ...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Hannah Sparkles: Hooray For the First Day of School
Cheer along with Hannah Sparkles on her first day of...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Turtle and Tortoise Are Not Friends
This is Turtle. This is...
 
3.5
 
0.0 (0)
Trace
In a debut novel that's perfect for fans of Jason...
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
When Summer Ends
Three months Two changed fates One...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Mystery Club (Mr. Wolf's Class #2)
Mr. Wolf's students are settling into their new classroom, and...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Baby Astronaut (Baby Scientist)
Baby Scientist is an adorable board book series that brings...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Tree of Dreams
Dear Coco and Leo, I miss you! We...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Teeth in the Mist
A genre-bending epic horror-fantasy, inspired by the legend of...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
A Bond of Venom and Magic
Magic awakens. Darkness stirs. The Wraith Lord hunts. The...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas
Everyone knows that piranhas don't eat bananas -- except for...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)

Latest Member Reviews

Even Monsters Go To School
 
5.0
"This book is so completely adorable it's hard to figure out where to begin. The story is about..."
Can Cat and Bird Be Friends
 
3.5
"This was an odd one. Cat and bird are trying to determine if they can be friends or..."
Origami Bible Stories For Kids
 
5.0
"They really thought of everything. This origami kit is more than just folding paper, every part of it..."
Pig the Stinker
 
4.5
"PIG THE STINKER follows Pig the Pug on a new adventure- bath time! Pig does not like to bathe, and..."
Little Rabbit Lost
 
4.5
"LITTLE RABBIT LOST follows Little Rabbit as he celebrates his birthday with his family. Little Rabbit wakes up feeling grown..."
Cece Loves Science and Adventure
 
5.0
"Books about girls who love science are always winners! Cece and her friends are trying to win their..."
Hannah Sparkles: Hooray For the First Day of School
 
5.0
"This book is absolutely adorable. Hannah is starting first grade and excited about making friends. Only, every time..."
Turtle and Tortoise Are Not Friends
 
3.5
"Turtle and Tortoise Are Not Friends is a cute children's book that kids will like simply for the fact that..."
Trace
 
3.0
"TRACE is a book about healing. Trace lives with his Auntie Lea after his parents died in a car accident..."
Falling For My Nemesis
 
4.8
"This book was so good. The Story: Mia and Carson have always hated each other. As Carson's brother's best..."
When Summer Ends
 
5.0
"This book is everything. The Story: Olivia and Aiden have good lives. Olivia has a boyfriend she loves..."
Mystery Club (Mr. Wolf's Class #2)
 
5.0
"Super-cute and full of adventure, MYSTERY CLUB is a great comic for reluctant or new readers in elementary school. Featuring..."
Baby Astronaut (Baby Scientist)
 
5.0
"In a cute board book, older infants and toddlers are introduced to outer space and space exploration. BABY ASTRONAUT teaches..."
Tree of Dreams
 
5.0
"TREE OF DREAMS is a story about facing yourself, healing, standing up for/with others, and environmental activism. Coco is a..."
The F Word (Redefining Me book 1)
 
5.0
"Some books hit you right in the feels (or a bit lower). This is one of them. In the..."
Lost in Outer Space: The Incredible Journey of Apollo 13 (Lost #2)
 
5.0
"Thrilling and epic, LOST IN OUTER SPACE tells the harrowing story of the Apollo 13 mission as they learn that..."
Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas
 
5.0
"PIRANHAS DON’T EAT BANANAS is a delightful, rhyming romp! Brian is a piranha who loves fruit and vegetables. However, when..."
Fabulous Fishes
 
4.5
"With fun poetry and lovely illustrations, FABULOUS FISHES is a fun introduction to the variety of animals that live in..."
Lost in the Pacific, 1942 (Lost #1)
 
4.3
"LOST IN THE PACIFIC, 1942 is a true story of survival. During World War II, a plane is on a..."
Lost in the Amazon (Lost #3): A Battle for Survival in the Heart of the Rainforest
 
5.0
"LOST IN THE AMAZON is the incredible true story of a plane crash survivor who survived in the Amazon rainforest..."