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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Five-Stars By Reluctant Boy Reader For Modern Huck Finn Story


 
Today, I have the privilege of interviewing Thomas L Peters, the amazing author of boy book, The Boy Who Delivered the Wind. I bought this book out of curiosity from Muse It Up Publishing and was bowled over by its strong Mark Twain-like voice. It’s like reading a modern day Huck Finn. Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win a copy. Tom, tell us what your novel’s about. 


Thank you, Suzanne, for the very kind words.  The Boy Who Delivered The Wind is about the quest of two boys living in a poor rural setting to find something solid and enduring in a chaotic and often deceptive world.  Here’s a short summary of the plot. 

Two boys, a gang of thugs, and an unruly coral snake all add up to trouble.

Weary of school and his mundane small town life, young Russell befriends a lonely boy who claims that he can communicate with nature by means of the wind. Armed with this knowledge the unlikely pair set out to raise the ten thousand dollars the boy insists he needs to save his home from foreclosure and to keep his already dysfunctional family from falling apart.

Along the way the boys encounter a murderous gang of hoodlums who also have money on their minds, a sneaky fox who always seems to turn up at the wrong time, a mother hawk willing to do anything to protect her young, and a venomous coral snake with unclear loyalties.

Where did you come up with such an idea?

The idea for the book’s story line really came to me from my morning constitutional.  I walk past a series of large radio towers located deep in the woods.  Sometimes I see a hawk perched high on one of the towers.  Once you read the book, you’ll recognize the scene.  I adopted the voice of a young boy in that woodsy setting and the story developed from there. 

Ahhhh, I suspected it was something taken from your real life. How else would anyone dream up such a setting?

My two boys, both reluctant readers who would rather play computer games, loved this story. My eldest son, who is now in grade seven, left you an interview on iBooks rating your story with a whopping five-stars. I remember when I first pushed him to read the book, he growled, “And after I’m finished, I’ll leave a review and say exactly what I think.” Bet he was surprised that he liked it so much.

My boys want to know when your next novel comes out. What are you working on now? They can’t wait.

Tell your son thanks for the generous review.  Well, your question requires some explanation.  I’ve written a lot of books, over fifty in fact, most of them independently published.  You can see them all listed on my blog, http://tlpeters.blogspot.com.  Consultants who advise writers generally recommend that a writer stick to one genre, so that his or her readers will know exactly what they’re getting every time they purchase one of the writer’s books.  With me that’s not the case.  I write adult thrillers, legal thrillers, literary fiction and books for younger readers.  The books for older readers you can generally recognize by their deep blue covers, e.g. The Jake Stone Thrillers, which embody a rather unusual sensibility.  When you glance at the many reviews of the opening volume of Jake Stone on Amazon, for instance, you’ll note quite a divergence of opinion about them.  That’s fine though.  I think they’re splendid.  Anyway, the books I would recommend for younger readers are: An Imperfect Miracle, which like The Boy Who Delivered The Wind also received a reviewer’s top pick award from Night Owl Reviews, Gracie and the Preacher, A Puppy’s Progress and my short story, A Sweeter Rhythm.  

Where can we buy The Boy Who Delivered the Wind?

The Boy Who Delivered The Wind is available at e-book stores world-wide, including through the following online sellers:


Thanks, Thomas. This has been a great interview. I’m not sure if you know this, but I shout out your book every time I do an elementary school visit and I’ll keep on doing so. It’s really a great read.

Thanks, Suzanne.  I look forward to reading your novel, THE SHADOW OF THE UNICORN, on my kindle.

Thank you. Hope you like it. Readers don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of the modern day Huck Finn The Boy Who Delivered the Wind.



17 comments:

  1. I'm looking for books for our summer kids to read. It is easy to find things to interest the girls, but the boys I find a little tougher. The Boy Who Delivered the Wind sounds perfect!

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  2. And so it is. How old are your boys? Mine are 10 and 12.

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  3. Wow, guys - great interview. Thomas I also write for the kids and am a fellow muser! Your book sounds fabulous! I have a few grandkids that are avid readers. I think they would love this one! On my TBR list!

    Wishing you tons of luck with your book!

    Penny

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    1. Wishing you all the best as well, Penny.

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  4. I think it is so wonderful that your boys liked Thomas' book. I've yet to see an interviewer mention her family's opinion too. Very kewl. Congrats, Thomas. Your book sounds marvelous, and it's on my list!

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  5. Who knows...maybe you girls will even win a copy!!!

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  6. Thank you, Suzanne, for this great opportunity to appear on your wonderful blog.

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  7. Good book. Its also really funny. Are you making another one?

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    1. I'm taking a little break at the moment. Maybe soon another idea will come to me.

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  8. Hi I am Philippe and I am 12.
    This is a great book. Hope more come out soon. Did the author make an other book?

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Philippe. There are other of my books written in the same style. Perhaps your mother can guide you to one.

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