Today we are very excited to share an interview with author Ryan Calejo (Charlie Hernández & the Golden Dooms)!
Read on to learn more about him, his book, and a giveaway!
Meet the Author: Ryan Calejo
Ryan Calejo is the award-winning author of the Charlie Hernández series and the ChupaCarter series, which he co-authored with George Lopez. His books have been featured in half a dozen state reading lists and he is a two-time gold medal winner of the Florida Book Awards. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @RyanCalejo.
About the Book: Charlie Hernández & the Golden Dooms
Inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America, this third book in the Charlie Hernández series follows Charlie as he fights against an army of the dead.
After hitchhiking across Central and South America to rescue the Witch Queen and face off against La Mano Peluda, Charlie Hernández is pretty much grounded for life. But after all he’s been through, some quiet time at home with his parents might be nice. Though it would be better if he didn’t have to share his room with his obnoxiously perfect cousin Raúl, who’s staying with them.
But quiet is hard to come by when you’re the fifth and final morphling, and it’s not long before death walks back into Charlie’s life. Or at least, the dead do, starting with a mysterious young calaca who corners him at school, dropping cryptic hints about trouble brewing in the 305. With the League of Shadows focused on repairing fractured alliances and tracking gathering armies, this one’s up to Charlie to solve.
Following the clues only leads to more questions, and not even teenage investigative journalist extraordinaire Violet Rey can figure out how a sudden rooster infestation, earthquakes, missing persons, and a pet-napping gang of lizard-men—whom Charlie doesn’t recognize from any legend—are all connected. Most concerning of all is when they learn a map has been stolen that reveals the locations of the Golden Dooms, the twelve ancient calaca watchmen who form the magical barrier between the realms.
To stop the impending invasion, Charlie and Violet must outwit an ancient evil and unravel the most sinister of schemes. That is, unless they’d rather watch the Land of the Living get overrun by the dead.
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
My inspiration came from my grandmothers. See, growing up, I wasn’t exactly the best-behaved kid on the planet (I’m being generous here). So in order to keep me from running around everywhere and jumping off things, my abuelitas would entertain me by telling me stories—the same folktales and legends they’d heard growing up, and the ones I ended up writing about in the books. If it wasn’t for my abuelitas this series wouldn’t exist, and I’m very thankful to them for all the inspiration they’ve given me over the years.
YABC: How do you know when a book is finished?
The truth is I never do. My editors usually have to pry it from my fingers!
YABC: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Probably all the way back in elementary school. In 5th grade one of my teachers gave me my all-time favorite homework assignment. She told the class that we could write about anything we wanted; the only rule was that it had to be exactly one page long. Something about that level of creative freedom really appealed to me, and I’ve been writing ever since!
YABC: What type of scene do you love to write the most?
Action scenes! Those were always my favorite to read growing up, and I still love the feeling of getting swept up in a thrilling action sequence!
YABC: What word do you have trouble overusing?
Probably the word probably. I probably use it a lot more than I probably should. (See what I mean?) Thankfully my editors cut most of them before the final copy.
YABC: What is your favorite writing space?
I love writing at the beach! I just feel so relaxed when I’m around the ocean. I love the sound of it, the smell. Plus, I love building sandcastles!
YABC: What hobbies do you enjoy?
Oh, there are so many! But if I had to pick my top five, I’d say swimming, chess, basketball, dancing, and mango tastings. Though, now that I think about it, mango tastings are probably my favorite.
YABC: How do you plan to celebrate the launch of your book?
With a mango tasting, of course! Did I mention how much I love mangos?
YABC: What do you do when you procrastinate?
I tell one of my editors about it and she’ll usually remind me of my deadline and that’s always enough to panic me into writing. Works every time!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
Thanks for asking! I’m currently working on the fourth book of the Charlie Hernández series, which I’m super duper excited about! I’m also working on the second book of a heartfelt and hilarious series that I’m co-authoring with the one and only George Lopez. The first book is titled ChupaCarter and it follows the adventures of a spunky 12-year-old boy named Jorge who discovers a chupacabra living on his grandparent’s farm. For sneak peeks, cover reveals, and all that kind of fun stuff you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram @RyanCalejo.
Title: Charlie Hernández & the Golden Dooms
Author: Ryan Calejo
Release Date: September 13, 2022
Publisher: Aladdin (Simon & Schuster)
Age Range: 10 – 14
~ Giveaway Details ~
Two (2) winners will receive a copy of the first three books in the Charlie Hernández series (Ryan Calejo) ~US ONLY
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