Hi everyone, happy Thursday 😀 I got some news! I am participating for the first time in a Blog Tour and I’m giving my first ever Author Interview with one of my all-time favorite authors Bryan Davis! I’m so excited I get to participate in promoting his new novel, Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World!
Mr. Davis has been one of my favorite authors, right up there with C. S. Lewis, Tolkien, Wayne Thomas Batson, and Erika Johansen. He’s written so many wonderful books that have touched my heart and my life in so many wonderful ways that I honestly do not want to know a life where I had not read at least one of his books.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him twice, once in 8th Grade and this past May. He is so nice and funny, and he’s a marvelous speaker.
Now, if you have no idea who this wonderful author is, here is more info about him and his new book!
About the Author
Bryan Davis is the author of the Dragons in Our Midst, Oracles of Fire, Children of the Bard, the Reapers Trilogy, Dragons of Starlight, Tales of Starlight, and the Time Echoes Trilogy, fantasy/science fiction/dystopian novels for youth and adults. His first novel, Raising Dragons, was released in July of 2004, and several books in that series have hit various bestseller lists, including Eye of the Oracle, which hit number one on the CBA Young Adult best-seller list in January of 2007.
Bryan was born in 1958 and grew up in the eastern U.S. From the time he taught himself how to read before school age, through his seminary years and beyond, he has demonstrated a passion for the written word, reading and writing in many disciplines and genres, including theology, fiction, devotionals, poetry, and humor.
Bryan is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.S. in Industrial Engineering). In high school, he was valedictorian of his class and won various academic awards. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and voted Most Likely to Succeed.
Bryan and his wife, Susie, work together as an author/editor team to create his imaginative tales.
- Website – www.daviscrossing.com
- Book Purchase site – http://www.theauthorschair.com/shopping/
- Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/BryanDavis.Fans
- Author writing blog – www.theauthorschair.com
- Twitter – @bryandavisauth
About the Book
Eddie Hertz is smart, real smart. He has to be. What other twelve-year-old patrols the streets of Nirvana alone, hoping to foil the schemes of the evil Mephisto? Since Eddie is small for his age, he trusts in his Batman-style gadgets belt and acrobatic skills as well as lots of experience, like knowing how to swing across dark alleys without being seen.
Eddie has a dream, to become like Damocles, Nirvana’s great superhero. To make that dream come true, Eddie invented a device that is supposed to give him superpowers, but using it on himself is dangerous, maybe even fatal. He doesn’t have the nerve to try it.
When Mephisto unleashes an earthquake machine on the city, Eddie gets a surprising teammate — his quirky eight-year-old sister, Samantha, who comes up with an unexpected way to help Eddie in the frantic battle to prevent the biggest earthquake of all.
Since Damocles has lost his ability to help in physical form, Eddie and Samantha are the only hope for Nirvana and the world.
Available on Amazon
Contest and Giveaways!
Now, aside from the interview, Mr. Davis is also hosting a contest! Two actually. To learn more about them, just head over to his blog The Author’s Chair.
For those participating in the first contest, here is the link to Rafflecopter. It is a simple raffle, and a winner is drawn.
For those who decide to participate in the second contest, the giveaway key number is somewhere in the interview 😉 The link to the Grand Prize is here.
Giveaways for the 1st contest include one of his books (winner’s choice), a T-Shirt of his new book and bookmark.
Giveaways for the 2nd contest include any of Mr. Davis’s books (winner’s choice), a T-Shirt of his new book, bookmark, also one of his book series (winner’s choice) or a $50 Giftcard to Amazon.
Deadline ends September 27th and Mr. Davis will announce the winners afterward!
And speaking of the interview, let’s get right to it!
Author Interview with Bryan Davis
What inspired you to write for Middle Grade and how did you like it?
The main reason for writing for this age group was simple. I heard from many teachers and parents who said their readers were too young for my books. I needed to fill that hole. I hope that many younger readers will be inspired by this story and then move on to my other novels as they get older.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
If you mean, “what is my writing weakness?, it’s probably tour scheduling. I have to do promotional tours, and the time it takes to schedule a tour steals many hours of writing time.
I love meeting people on the tours and speaking about my books, but I think I’d rather walk barefoot on glass than suffer through the headaches that come with scheduling a tour.
What’s your favorite super power and why?
I have long been a fan of enhanced intelligence. With enough smarts, ingenuity, and experience, even the most amazing among the other superpowers can be thwarted.
Who’s your favorite superhero and why?
I like Captain America because of his morals, integrity, and steadfastness. To me, a person’s character is far more important than his or her physical abilities. We can always count on someone who has a good heart. Without goodness within, the most powerful superheroes might be swayed to villainy, and then the greatness of their powers becomes a negative, not a positive.
Who is your favorite character in this novel and why?
My favorite character is Eddie, the 12-year-old hero. He uses his intellect as well as his morals to solve multiple physical and ethical dilemmas. His love for his sister becomes the deciding factor in his most difficult decision of all.
How do you select the names of your characters?
For this story, I chose Eddie and Samantha from the names of two actors in Les Misérables – Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks, who played Marius and Eponine respectively. I chose their last name, Hertz, because it sounded scientific, and I was able to play with the word a few times.
For other characters, I usually search through baby-naming websites, looking for name meanings that match their personalities.
Can you tell us a little about this world?
The story takes place in the fictional city of Nirvana in modern times on earth. Eddie and Sam live in a lower-middle-class neighborhood, having moved there because their father died, and their mother has to make ends meet as a waitress.
Eddie idolizes the city’s superhero, Damocles, who has no innate superpowers. Like Batman, he relies on gadgets and physical skills. Nirvana also has a resident villain named Mephisto, who seems to be a genius inventor.
Because of a series of events, Eddie and his sister Samantha have to team up to defeat Mephisto themselves, that is, without the presence of Damocles.
Which book, that you have written, was your favorite to write?
My favorite to write is a yet-to-be-published novel called Let the Ghosts Speak. It sprang from a dream I had almost 15 years ago that nagged me until I finally felt ready to write it. I had the fun of doing lots of research, combing the Internet and books for information about Paris, France, in 1860. I think it is my best work to date.
Which book of yours was the hardest to write?
Eye of the Oracle, the first book in Oracles of Fire, was the hardest to write. It spans several thousand years of history, and it was difficult to keep a consistent thread throughout the story, that is, something that ties it all together. I found that thread in Sapphira Adi, one of the Oracles of Fire.
The story is also filled with emotion-packed content that poured out from me in many cathartic moments. By the time I finished, I felt completely drained.
Out of all your characters, which one would you like to spend the day with?
I would like to spend the day with Enoch. He lived for many thousands of years and saw countless events in history, changes in mankind, and fulfillment of plans and prophecies. I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to take in all he had to say within a single day
Now, I’m not the only one participating in his blog tour. Here is a list of the other blogs participating in promoting Mr. Davis’s book. Some have posted yesterday, today, and will the rest of the week. Check them out!
- Story of Fire
- Liv K. Fisher
- Dreams and Dragons
- March to a Different Drum
- Author Jaye L. Knight
- Jessi L. Roberts, author
- Book Lovers Life
- Verbosity Reviews
- Creature of Graphite
- Wanderer’s Pen
- Adventure Awaits
I hope you enjoyed the interview and I hope you decide to participate in one of the contests! And of course, I hope you check out his book! I’m so looking forward to reading it 😀 Have a nice rest of the day and week, and this Sunday, I’ll be posting a new update of my map of Coran! Super excited for you to see it 😀