Teen Read Week 2018: Author Chat with Tyler James Smith (Unstoppable Moses), Plus Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to chat with Tyler James Smith (Unstoppable Moses)

as part of YABC's Teen Read Week!

Read on for more about Tyler, his novel, plus a giveaway!

 

 

 

 

Meet Tyler James Smith!

   Tyler James Smith

Tyler James Smith attended Western Michigan University and after a stint as a mailman, is now an aide in the Chicago Public Schools. Unstoppable Moses is Tyler’s debut novel. Find him on Twitter at @SethTrimly.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Meet Unstoppable Moses!

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Moses and his cousin Charlie were best friends, wisecracking pranksters, unstoppable forces of teenage energy—until the night they became accidental arsonists and set in motion a chain of events that left Moses alone, guilt-stricken, and most likely trapped in his dead-end town. 

Then Moses gets a lucky break: the chance to volunteer as a camp counselor for week and prove that the incident at the bowling alley should be expunged from his record. And since a criminal record and enrollment at Duke are mutually exclusive, he’s determined to get through his community service and get on with his life. But tragedy seems to follow him wherever he goes, and this time, it might just stop him in his tracks.

 
 
 
 
 
 

~ Interview for Teen Read Week ~

 

YABC:  What do you love Most About YA? 
I love how utterly disarming YA is. Do you want to write a story with the same weight as literary fiction but you like swears and butt jokes? Welcome to YA. Young Adult is the perfect theater for emotional gut punches mingling comfortably in the same scene as characters behaving like actual people: it's messy and weird and beautiful and profane and holy and funny all at once.  
 
YABC:  What advice would you give teens who might want to be a writer? 
I think you have to a be little bit of a glutton for punishment. Regardless of who you are, there will be better writers than you. The secret is, the staggering majority of them will never even try to get their work out there. If you can put ink to paper, you'll bound past those that didn't; if you finish your story, you're miles past those that didn't; if you put your work out on submission, your competitive pool is chopped down; if you keep submitting after you get rejected (bonus advice: you will get rejected), that same competitive pool is decimated. Keep going, enjoy the ride, smile that bloodied up smile under a pair of black eyes, you world-creating badass you.
 
 
YABC:  Was there a class in high school that you wished you had paid closer attention to and why?
Yes and no. On the one hand, pretty much any and all of my math classes. I am absolute rubbish at math. Long division? I hear that's a thing. Geometry? Isn't that the study of rocks? On the other hand, now my work has to be "good enough." There's a boring stereotype about being a starving artist that is just that: boring. But there is also value in throwing everything you've got at something nobody else believes in. There's just as much merit in slaying dragons as there is in mathematics.

 

 Unstoppable Moses

Unstoppable Moses 

By: Tyler James Smith

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Release Date: September 25th, 2018

 

 

 

 

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Kara S on Friday, 12 October 2018 01:34

The synopsis sounds uniquely good, and the cover is attractive and appropriate to the type of tale it represent, IMHO. Also, everything I hear about the novel is so great, I am confident that the story will provide a rich reading experience! Thanks, Kara S

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The synopsis sounds uniquely good, and the cover is attractive and appropriate to the type of tale it represent, IMHO. Also, everything I hear about the novel is so great, I am confident that the story will provide a rich reading experience! Thanks, Kara S
Debra Branigan on Monday, 15 October 2018 15:37

Your synopsis sounds excellent and would easily attract YA readers, but the cover will likely not have the same impact. The story sounds very interesting. Good luck with your novel.

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Your synopsis sounds excellent and would easily attract YA readers, but the cover will likely not have the same impact. The story sounds very interesting. Good luck with your novel.
KM on Monday, 22 October 2018 18:07

I haven't heard about this book, but I'm excited for it.

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I haven't heard about this book, but I'm excited for it.
Marisa Fort on Tuesday, 23 October 2018 19:06

The cover is awesome and the synopsis sounds amazing!

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The cover is awesome and the synopsis sounds amazing!
Danielle Hammelef on Friday, 09 November 2018 14:33

I love the symbolism of the cover. The synopsis is intriguing.

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I love the symbolism of the cover. The synopsis is intriguing.
Renee Moore on Saturday, 10 November 2018 18:22

Fun cover that takes you back to your childhood, sounds like a good read!

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Fun cover that takes you back to your childhood, sounds like a good read!
Seji on Sunday, 11 November 2018 17:58

This book sounds interesting! I read a Dutch book that sounds like it, but would love to have a good one at this one.

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This book sounds interesting! I read a Dutch book that sounds like it, but would love to have a good one at this one.
Seji on Sunday, 11 November 2018 18:31

I also love the cover it is really cute.

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I also love the cover it is really cute.

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