Author Chat with B.B. Alston (Amari and the Night Brothers), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with B.B. Alston author of
Amari and the Night Brothers.
Read on for more about B.B. and his book, plus a giveaway!
Meet B.B. Alston!
B. B. Alston lives in Lexington, SC. Amari and the Night Brothers is his debut middle grade novel. When not writing, he can be found eating too many sweets and exploring country roads to see where they lead.
Meet Amari and the Night Brothers!
Artemis Fowl meets Men in Black in this exhilarating debut middle grade fantasy, the first in a trilogy filled with #blackgirlmagic. Perfect for fans of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, the Percy Jackson series, and Nevermoor.
Amari Peters has never stopped believing her missing brother, Quinton, is alive. Not even when the police told her otherwise, or when she got in trouble for standing up to bullies who said he was gone for good.
So when she finds a ticking briefcase in his closet, containing a nomination for a summer tryout at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she’s certain the secretive organization holds the key to locating Quinton—if only she can wrap her head around the idea of magicians, fairies, aliens, and other supernatural creatures all being real.
Now she must compete for a spot against kids who’ve known about magic their whole lives. No matter how hard she tries, Amari can’t seem to escape their intense doubt and scrutiny—especially once her supernaturally enhanced talent is deemed “illegal.” With an evil magician threatening the supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she’s an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t stick it out and pass the tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Elsie is probably my favorite character in the book. She has such a warm personality and is such a loyal friend that I always feel great writing her scenes. Also, weredragons are just cool!
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Definitely the novel. I used to call it Amari and the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. The current title is definitely much better!
YABC: Do you have a favorite writing snack?
I love the Nature Valley Cashew Granola bars. They are the perfect balance of sweet and salty. You should definitely give them a try.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
The most important thing I’ve learned is not to give up. It can be really hard to break into the publishing industry but that doesn’t mean you should stop trying. All it takes is one yes to accomplish your dream of being a published author.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love being able to see a Black kid on the cover, because there weren’t any covers like that when I was a kid. It’s my hope that Amari’s story inspires kids to believe that anyone can be the hero of their own story.
YABC: What’s on your TBR pile?
I can’t wait to read Angie Thomas’s new book, Concrete Rose. I’m also really looking forward to reading Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia. And I’m sure I’ll reread The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern again soon for the hundredth time!
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
I recently read The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. It’s a cool story about a girl trying to figure out why a stranger cut off his own family to leave her a billion-dollar fortune. And not only that, she has to live with spurned family while she puzzles it out!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m currently working on the sequel for Amari and the Night Brothers, as well as a short story for the Black Boy Joy story anthology with Kwame Mbalia. Also, I’m helping with the script for the movie adaption for the Amari and the Night Brothers. It’s all keeping me really busy!
YABC: Are there any film adaptations, tv shows, audiobooks, or other adaptations in the works for this book?
There is a movie adaptation currently in development with Universal! Marsai Martin and Don Cheadle are among the producers, as well as Mandeville who did the live action Beauty and the Beast movie. I’m currently working Azia Squire, the talented screenwriter, on the script.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Drafting is always much more fun for me because I’m still figuring out the story in most cases. That’s when I feel the most creative and I get to add in all the cool stuff I want before revisions come and I have to decide what’s important.
Amari and the Night Brothers
By: B.B. Alston
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: January 19th, 2021
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