Title of Book(s): Andy Smithson coming-of-age, epic fantasy adventure series
A short description of book(s)/series: Andy Smithson, a boy too often landed in trouble by his overactive imagination, discovers he is the Chosen One to break a 500-yr-old curse plaguing the land of Oomaldee when he unexpectedly and mysteriously finds himself there. To do so, he must collect ingredients for a magical potion: the scale of a red dragon, venom from a giant serpent, a unicorn’s horn, the tail feather of a phoenix, the talon of a griffin and more. But gathering these ingredients introduces peril at every turn.
Complicating matters, the evil Abaddon, sovereign of Oomaldee’s northern neighbor, is turning citizens into zolt in his ongoing campaign of terror as he sets in motion his plan to conquer the land. And he’ll stop at nothing to succeed!
If you loved Harry Potter, you’ll love the Andy Smithson series chalk full of mythical creatures, newly invented animals like zolt, herewolves, and therewolves, a complex plot with evolving characters, and positive themes including responsibility, diligence, dignity, friendship and more.
What inspired you to write? And what was the inspiration for this book? I remember reading C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe when I was eight. Lewis’ plotting with multiple layers of story (London, Narnia, and a meaning layer) grabbed my imagination and I KNEW I wanted to write a story with multiple layers myself. In this series I develop four layers: Lakehills, TX (Andy’s home), Oomaldee, the Afterlife, and a meaning layer and I’m having gobs of fun doing it!
What is the last book you read?The Wrath and the Dawn which I just finished last night J
Who is/are your favorite author(s)? JK Rowling and Elise Kova
What is/are your favorite book(s)? Goodness, that’s a loaded question for asking which books are my favorite is like asking me to choose my favorite child. I’ll stick to that line J. No, I love the Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings, Percy Jackson, to name a few but then there’s so many amazingly talented YA fantasy authors that have given us so many worlds to travel in as well… I can’t decide.
After all of your hard work, what does it feel like to be an award winning published author I will answer that by sharing a review I got from a reader not long ago. She is thirteen and shared that she had dyslexia. Her mom picked five or six books and made her select one to read. She happened to pick mine and fell in love with the world and characters. This spurred her on to now love reading. If that wasn’t satisfying enough, she added that the values of overcoming frustration, fear as well as responsibility, diligence, dignity and more that I weave throughout challenged her to incorporate them into her life and she told me she is striving to live those out every day. THIS is why I write…to impact my reader. When I read that, I was on Cloud 9 for a good two days.