Today we are chatting with Chuck Wendig, author of
Dust & Grim
Read on for more about Chuck, his book, and a giveaway!
Meet Chuck Wendig!
Chuck Wendig is the New York Times,USA Today, and Los Angeles Times bestselling author of numerous novels for adults and young adults, including the Star Wars: Aftermath trilogy, the Miriam Black series, Wanderers, and The Book of Accidents. Dust & Grim is his middle grade debut.
About Chuck’s Book: Dust & Grim:
From a bestselling author: Miss Peregrine meets The Graveyard Book in this middle grade adventure about rival siblings running a monster mortuary.
Thirteen-year-old Molly doesn’t know how she got the short end of the stick—being raised by her neglectful father—while Dustin, the older brother she’s never met, got their mother and the keys to the family estate. But now the siblings are both orphaned, she’s come home for her inheritance, and if Dustin won’t welcome her into the family business, then she’ll happily take her half in cash.
There’s just one problem: the family business is a mortuary for monsters, and Molly’s not sure she’s ready to deal with mysterious doors, talking wolves, a rogue devourer of magic, and a secret cemetery. It’s going to take all of Dustin’s stuffy supernatural knowledge and Molly’s most heroic cosplay (plus a little help from non-human friends) for the siblings to figure it out and save the day…if only they can get along for five minutes.
Bestselling author Chuck Wendig’s middle grade debut is equal parts spooky, funny, and heartfelt—perfect for Halloween and year-round reading!
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
My wonderful kiddo. He’s now in the middle-grade range and I wanted to tell a story he could read and enjoy. (And he’s reading it right now. Wish me luck! Will be the hardest review I ever get.)
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I’m supposed to say Molly, and of course, in most ways, she is. But secretly, secretly, it’s Florg.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I’m admittedly partial to scenes where characters talk and reveal themselves in ways big and small, so the opening scene is one I think worked well—but at the end of the day, meeting the Door Wolves might’ve been my favorite.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
To the beginning of my whole career? I’ve learned I don’t know how to write a book, and that’s a very good thing, even though it sounds like a bad thing.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Literally all of it? Is that fair? The Jensine Eckwall art is jaw-dropping, beautifully rendered into the cover by Karina Granda. The colors! The font! It’s spoopy good fun.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2022?
In middle grade, I just read Matt Wallace’s The Supervillain’s Guide to Being a Fat Kid, and it’s wonderful in every direction.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2021?
I don’t know that I have a favorite, so much as I have many books I adored. In middle grade, if you want a chilling ghost story set in swampy Florida, Delilah S. Dawson’s Mine will fit that bill.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I have the sequel to my 2019 adult novel Wanderers coming out—called Wayward.
YABC: Is there anything that you would like to add?
Just a thank you to readers, booksellers, and librarians. At the end of the day, they are the lifeblood of the bookish ecosystem.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
Without spoiling, any of the scenes where Molly and Dustin have to reckon with not just each other, but who they are in relation to one another, is always interesting emotional territory to tread.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
It’s a cheap answer, but none of them? They all happily wrote themselves onto the page.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I like both in equal measure for what they do – the drafting is chaos time, revising is order time. Drafting is Molly. Revising is Dustin.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I have no idea, but I can tell you what my wife’s is: she can identify an obscure actor in voiceover after like, seven seconds. “Isn’t that famed character actor Gary Blumgarg?” *furiously checks phone for answer* *it is, in fact, Gary Blumgarg*
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
There’s a wildlife rescue and rehab near us: AARK, that does wonderful work.
DUST & GRIM
Author: Chuck Wendig
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 19, 2021
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