Rockstar Tours: NOTHING INTERESTING EVER HAPPENS TO ETHAN FAIRMONT (Nick Brooks), Interview & Giveaway! ~US ONLY

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the NOTHING INTERESTING EVER HAPPENS TO ETHAN FAIRMONT by Nick Brooks Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: NOTHING INTERESTING EVER HAPPENS TO ETHAN FAIRMONT

Author: Nick Brooks

Pub. Date: October 4, 2022

Publisher: Union Square Kids

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 205

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

Something cool happening in Ferrous
City? Not a chance.

Until one day . . . when self-proclaimed genius inventor Ethan
Fairmont runs into an abandoned car factory to avoid a local bully and
accidentally stumbles across his ex-best friend Kareem, new kid Juan Carlos,
and an extraterrestrial visitor. Cheese (the alien) is stuck on Earth in need
of some serious repairs, spicy snacks—and absolute, total secrecy. That’s
easier said than done when mysterious agents descend on Ferrous City to search
for Cheese. With time running out and their family and friends in potential
danger, can Ethan, Kareem, and Juan Carlos pull off an intergalactic rescue
before they’re all found out?

E.T. meets Stranger Things in the kickoff to Nick
Brooks’s middle-grade series that weaves contemporary issues of racial
profiling, industrial community struggles, and everyday life in a fast-paced
out-of-this-world adventure.

Review:

“An inventive story with a lot of
heart.” — Kirkus Reviews

 

Interview:

  1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

Ethan grew out of a conversation I had with Cake Creative, a launchpad for young writers. Founder Dhonielle Clayton and I spoke about the need to center Black and Brown boys in sci-fi and Dhonielle wanted to tell a story featuring a young Black inventor. Instantly I was hooked on the concept because it’s a character we don’t get to see often but one that reminds me a lot of myself when I was a kid. Nothing Interesting Ever Happens to Ethan Fairmont pays homage to film classics like E.T. and Short Circuit, and hopefully, Ethan will inspire a new generation of young readers the way those films inspired me. 

 

 

  1. Who is your favorite character in the book?

My favorite character might be Nugget. I love the adorable, loyal characters that feel sentient in a way they shouldn’t be. Like Abu from Aladdin, one of my favorite characters of all time.

 

  1. Which came first, the title or the novel?

Definitely the title!

 

  1. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

 

I’m really proud of the police aftermath. I think “the conversation” scene around police brutality in Black and Brown communities is so necessary but so heavy. I feel I approached it in a way that delivered the emotional punch without making the circumstance feel traumatic. A delicate balance!

 

  1. Thinking back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?

This is a great question, and I think I’ve learned to trust my gut. It’s so easy to overthink and over complicate. The pressure isn’t good for the creative process. I’ve learned to relax, let the words come, and trust that they’re at least in the right ballpark of what I’m trying to say.

 

  1. What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I love the air of danger, that’s always fun. And the small details, like Ethan and his gloves or Juan and his missing shoe.

 

  1. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2022?

Nothing Interesting Ever Happens to Ethan Fairmont,  naturally.

 

  1. What was your favorite book in 2021?

 

I really enjoyed, Stuntboy, In The Meantime by Jason Reynolds.

 

  1. What’s up next for you?

My first YA novel, Promise Boys, releases January 2023. I’m writing my first TV show, which will be announced next year. And I’m preparing to direct my first feature film!

 

  1. Is there anything that you would like to add?

Thank you for having me. Keep in touch and be sure to follow the Ethan series!

 

  1. Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?

I’d say “the conversation” scene.

 

  1. Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

Cheese was actually pretty tough to crack. Trying to nail down the way he would communicate was challenging because… well because he’s not from this planet!

 

  1. Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

I really enjoy both, they work different parts of my brain. I’ll say revising is a muscle I can work more often. Drafting requires a bit more brain power, for me.

 

  1. What would you say is your superpower?

Storytelling!

 

  1. Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

I’m all about the young people who come from inner city communities like I did. I think they need advocates, and the wealth, achievement, and opportunity gaps will not close unless we ALL commit to playing our part in closing them.

 

 

About Nick Brooks:

Nick Brooks is an
award-winning filmmaker and writer. His short film Hoop Dreamin’ earned
him the George Lucas Scholar Award and was a finalist in the Forbes 30 Under 30
Film Fest. His short film Bee won the James Bridges and Jack Larson
Award for Writing and Directing and premiered at the American Black Film
Festival. In 2016, Nick created and launched his children’s books series, The
Adventures of Yani. The series gained national attention and is currently used
at schools across the country. This is his debut middle-grade novel. Nick
currently lives in Los Angeles, California; he’s originally from Washington,
DC.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of NOTHING INTERESTING EVER HAPPENS TO ETHAN
FAIRMONT, US Only.

Ends October 11th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/26/2022

A Dream
Within A Dream

Guest Post

9/27/2022

Fall
Between the Pages

TikTok Review/IG Post

9/28/2022

Ya Books Central

Interview

9/29/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

Review/IG Post

9/30/2022

@hodophile_z

Review/IG Post

Week Two:

10/3/2022

Blog Write.
Read. Live

Guest Post/IG Post

10/4/2022

OneMoreExclamation

Review/IG Post

10/5/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

10/6/2022

A
Blue Box Full of Books

Review/IG Post

10/7/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Review

 

2 thoughts on “Rockstar Tours: NOTHING INTERESTING EVER HAPPENS TO ETHAN FAIRMONT (Nick Brooks), Interview & Giveaway! ~US ONLY”

  1. This looks and sounds fantastic!

  2. Theresa says:

    Congrats Nick on your debut book!!
    Sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it!!!

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