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Today I'd like to introduce you to Author Paul D Smith. Welcome, Paul. Tell us about your debut novel for young readers.
JASON AND THE DRACONAUTS
The cover sure makes me want to learn more about these creatures.
Here's a short excerpt:
Amazon (to purchase)
The author was kind enough to answer a few questions for me. Enjoy.
Hi, Paul. Welcome to my blog. Please tell us about yourself and how you became a writer.
I was writing some fan fiction for years on a couple of different web sites and built up quite a following. I wrote three different stories in serial fashion. My last fan fiction was a superhero piece. I posted a chapter per week for three and a half years before the story was over. THAT was intense. So when it was all over, I decided that I wanted to write something that was A) completely original and B) I could read to my two boys. So Jason and the Draconauts came out of that.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Hmm. I think when I was really little I wanted to be an archaeologist, and then a herpetologist. In high school, I studied different computer technologies. Which led me to concluded I didn’t want to work with computers, so I went into psychology and human services in college.
Twitter your newest release in 140 characters or less.
Dragons interact with teenagers in the 21st century to solve the mystery of how the dragons came back. #goreadit!
How did you come up with the idea for your book and were there any glitches along the way?
I loved dragons as a kid and wanted to write something involving them, but in modern times. The movie Reign of Fire intrigued me for just this reason, but unfortunately the movie was awful. That was inspiration for the overall idea. I really wanted to use TSR/Wizards of the Coast society of dragons, and even wrote them asking for permission. I was met with a categorical NO. So I had to design my own dragon species and culture for the book.
You’re shipwrecked on a deserted island. What character from a book other than yours would you want to be stranded there with you? Why?
Aragorn from Lord of the Rings to help me survive. And if I could pick another, Superman to…you know…fly me out of there.
If we peeked inside your closet, what would we see?
Clothing hung with no real organization
Tell us your favorites:
Movie The Avengers
Actor Tom Hanks
Book The Hobbit
Singer or Group Michael W. Smith
Coffee or Tea
Decaf Chai Tea with Cinnabon Creamer
Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter?
Spring OR Fall. I like the transitional seasons
If you could have super powers what would you wish for?
You ask this question to a comic book geek. It is VERY hard to answer. I would have to say flight or super speed.
If you could choose to live in another time, would you prefer the past or the future?
I would like to live back in the 90’s when I was young, but only if I could have the wisdom and knowledge I have now.
What is something about you that no one knows?
I hate it when people smell me. It makes me freak out!
Are you working on any new books now? Tell us about them.
I am working on the sequel to Jason and the Draconauts. It is titled Jason and the Draconauts: The Council of Ancients. I can’t tell you much because of spoilers
Where can your fans learn more about you?
About the Author:
A lifelong love of science fiction, fantasy, and superhero stories influences Paul’s writing. His most recent work was a popular weekly online series that generated over 20,000 views. Jason and the Draconauts is his first novel.
Thank you for visiting with us today, Paul.