Author Chat with Michael Buckley (Finn and The Intergalactic Lunchbox), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Michael Buckley author of
Finn and The Intergalactic Lunchbox.
Read on for more about Michael and his book, plus an giveaway.
Meet Michael Buckley!
MICHAEL BUCKLEY is the New York Times bestselling author of the Finniverse, Sisters Grimm and NERDS series and the cocreator, writer, and executive producer of Cartoon Network's Robotomy. He lives in New York City. Visit Michael online at michaelbuckleywrites.com and follow him on Twitter at @michaelwbuckley and on Instagram at @buckleystopshere.
Meet Finn and The Intergalactic Lunchbox!
Finn Foley has a lunchbox, and when he opens it, weird things come out . . . like a seven-foot-tall robot and a strange, blinking device that glues itself to his chest. The lunchbox also opens wormholes--shortcuts through space--that take Finn to the farthest corners of the galaxy.
Sounds awesome, right?
Not so much. Rocketing through the cosmos attracts the attention of the Plague, a race of gigantic bugs. The thing on Finn's chest belongs to them--it's the most dangerous weapon in the universe--and they want it back.
To fight the Plague, Finn will need the lunchbox, as well as an unlikely squad of assistants: Lincoln, the bully; Julep, the coolest girl in school; Kate, Finn's unicorn-obsessed little sister; and Highbeam, a robot spy from another galaxy. If they can learn to work together, they just might have a chance, but the bugs are coming, and they'll stop at nothing to get their weapon--even if it means destroying the world.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
My mother was a terrible cook, but what she lacked in taste she made up for in imagination. I never knew what might be in my lunchbox and more often than not it was something unforgettable - mayonnaise and pickle sandwiches, deviled eggs full of peanut butter, spaghetti sandwiches. For me, lunchtime was a truly, mysterious experience and I realized that most kids feel the same way. When they sit down in the lunchroom, most kids don't have a clue what is waiting for them when they unzip that lunchbox. I guess that notion spiralled into an even stranger concept - what if there was something truly unexpected - a tunnel to another world? The rest of the story took off from there.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
The main character, Finn, is inspired by my son who's name is actually Finn. I like that he's headstrong and determined, like my boy, but where they are different is Finn Foley in the book is certain that the world has been too tough on him. He's the kind of character I love to write - an underdog with a chip on his shoulder, learning that not everything he believes is true.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
I think the title hit me about half way through. I usually start with a working title - but it almost always changes. The truth is, the title is the hardest thing to write. I can turn out 60,000 words with little trouble, but coming up with what to call the book is always a head-scratcher.
YABC: Do you have a favorite writing snack?
Well, I've been trying to eat better lately, but back when I wasn't paying much attention, I loved chips and salsa. I could eat a mountain of them.
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 things I've learned is to follow the characters where they want to take you. They truly have a life of their own and if you can trust in the process and let them lead you, they always take you somewhere better than your original ideas. I know that in the past when I have resisted, the story always falls apart. So, trust youc hracters to know what is best for them.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love how they are all gathered around the lunchbox, peering into the light, and clearly seeing something different. Julep is fascinated. Lincoln is skeptical. Finn is shocked. I think the illustrator did an amazing job bringing them all to life.
YABC: What’s on your TBR pile?
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson.
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
The City of Ember is truly special. I don't know how I missed it when it came out. I enjoyed every word.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I'm finishing up the third Finn book titled Finn and the Subatomic Slip and Slide, and working on a juvenile fiction series about a bug with a very special power.
YABC: Are there any film adaptations, tv shows, audiobooks, or other adaptations in the works for this book?
There is always something going on with my books. Right now, people will kill me if I make an announcement, but I hope to spill the beans, soon.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
In the book, Finn believes his father has abandoned the family. Now that he has a lunchbox that will take him anywhere in the universe, he decides to use it to find him. It was a surprising moment, even for me, and only adds more questions for Finn to solve.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
I think they were all pretty cooperative. Usually, when a character is fighting me, I'm writing them wrong. I think when it doesn't come easy it's the character's way of telling you that you're not treating them the way they wish to be treated.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Much to my own surprise, revising is my favorite part. I love making things better. Drafts are a lot of work and much of it is frustrating and unsatisfying. Revising is when you get to find the fun in what you've written. I know when I was a kid teachers were always telling me to revise my work and I hated it, but it turns out, they were right. The secret to good writing is rewriting.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
My sense of humor. I love making people laugh.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
I believe school lunch should be free for every child. It's ridiculous to force a kid to be in school for 8 hours and then charge them to eat. Many families can't afford it, and for a lot of kids that school lunch is the only meal they'll get that day. I find it outrageous that a school would punish kids who can't pay. Food and good nutrition is essential to learning. How is a child supposed to excel when they are hungry?
Finn and The Intergalactic Lunchbox
By: Michael Buckley
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: April 28th, 2020
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