Monday, 25 February 2013

Author Interview - Ken Brosky & Isabella Fontaine


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Ken Brosky received his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He also teaches English at Madison College. This is his first Young Adult series.

Isabella Fontaine owns a farm in Wisconsin and enjoys reading weird books like House of Leaves. This is her first Young Adult series.


What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? I think teaching college English is the most rewarding accomplishment. I enjoy seeing the students progress through each semester, getting better at writing AND thinking. I especially like it when my students display critical thinking skills. It'll come in handy once they've graduated. Teaching definitely beats when I was making coffee for grumpy people.

What is your favorite food? Anything with s'mores. I like s'mores Pop-Tarts, s'mores granola bars, and s'mores plain. There used to be a s'mores cereal but then it disappeared. I assume it was so unhealthy that the cereal maker decided to eliminate it before they were sued.

What’s your favorite place in the entire world? I think Greece is the most beautiful place I've visited. Especially the little towns atop cliffs that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. So beautiful, so fun to explore. Skiing down a mountain can be a temporary favorite place, though.

What inspired you to write your first book? I was into comics for a long time. Then I made the jump into something more like a book, but with pictures. Then at some point I realized I liked the writing more than the drawing, and so I set aside drawing.

Do you intend to make writing a career? I think teaching will always be a first. But I do enjoy the little royalty check I get from Amazon every month. Who knows? Maybe I can write enough books that it DOES become a career. It's not easy, though.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? We're working on the next book of The Grimm Chronicles, of course! Alice is heading to Europe, where she'll have to forge new alliances and come face-to-face with the consequences of the Grimm Brothers' terrible magic. It's going to be a blast. New friends, new enemies, and more than a few monsters. Plus a few familiar fairy tales to boot!

Who designed the cover? Chris Smith does all of our cover designs. And he's fantastic!

How do you promote this book? Oh, by contacting hundreds of book bloggers. Then I take a break, resting my sore wrists. Then I send out more emails. "Here!" I say, shoving a copy of the book in their faces. "Here! Take it! It's free! You don't even have to review it right away! Just get to it when you get the chance. We're patient. But please ... give us a chance. Thank you. Thank you so much." 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I'm really big on preaching non-violence as a solution between human beings. When it comes to monsters, the gloves come off. But one of the things I never read anymore is stories that don't end up turning into one big fight to solve all of the conflicts. People--especially young adults--need to see more non-violent solutions played out in our media so we don't forget that in the real world, using violence to solve your problems very rarely brings about a good solution.

Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? Yes! I'm reading George Saunders, who's just a fantastic author. He writes fiction that's usually just a little bit in the near-future, but his writing style is so easy to get into. I strongly recommend "Civilwarland in Bad Decline." Absolutely fantastic. 



The Grimm Chronicles

200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world. Literally. Now the characters of the Grimms' stories walk among us. With every day that passes, they grow more evil. They are the Corrupted, and only a hero can stop them.

For 18-year-old Alice Goodenough, that means taking precious time off from her summer vacation. In addition to volunteering at the local library, Alice must stop the Corrupted who are now actively hunting her down. With the help of her magic pen and her trusty rabbit friend, the world has suddenly gotten a lot more complex. The Corrupted are everywhere, and only Alice can see them for what they truly are.




This book contains the first 3 episodes of the critically acclaimed series
Episode 1: Prince Charming Must Die!
Episode 2: Happily Never After
Episode 3: Revenge of the Castle Cats

Additional features for this special edition:
- An introduction
- Two special "Lost Diaries"
- A behind-the-scenes interview
- A collection of original Grimms' Fairy Tales

The Grimm Chronicles is intended for Young Adults aged 13 and up. The goal is to provide Young Adult readers with a strong, charismatic young woman in the role of the hero and provide readers with a positive protagonist who uses her brain to overcome obstacles life throws in her way.

Also Available Volume 2 of the Grimm Chronicles

Book 4: The Orphanage of Doom
Book 5: Blood and Thunder
Book 6: The Order of the Golden Dragon

Praise

“5 stars!” ~ Bookies Book Blog

"Highly recommended for all who love fairy tales and the YA genre." ~ My Cozie Corner

"All in all the books were excellent." ~ LilyElement

"If you love fairy tales and them being turned into modern day stories you will love these short stories." ~ Mom With a Kindle

5 stars (out of 5) ~ I Am, Indeed

“Isabella Fontaine and Ken Brosky’s incredible talent for storytelling takes the reader on an amazing action-packed ride fueled by endless creativity and limitless imagination. TGC is like a high-stakes version of Harold and the Purple Crayon meets a contemporary, above ground Alice in Wonderland. “ ~ Bookfetish

“I absolutely loved this book! No, let me rephrase that, I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK! Nope, that doesn't even do it justice. Vol. 1 has the first three stories from the 12 that will ultimately make up the chronicles.” ~ Jesse Kimmel-Freeman

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6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
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7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
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8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
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10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
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11. Elevenses from Around the World
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12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
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