Today I'm excited to be a part of the promotional tour for Michael Pierce's young adult fantasy novel Provex City. Michael was nice enough to answer a few questions for me, and you'll want to check out the full list of participating blogs for more fun reviews, interviews, and guest posts. Thanks to CBB Book Promotions and Michael there is a fantastic giveaway for this tour as well, all the details are at the bottom of this post.
I went to school with the same kids from first grade until we all graduated, so I’ve never had the uncomfortable first-day-at-a-new-school experience. If you have, can you tell us what was running through your mind just before you walked through the doors for the first time?
I was the “new kid” a lot when I was in school. My family moved every couple years. It was hard because I didn’t make friends quickly and as soon as I began to get comfortable in one place, it was time to move again. What always ran through my head on those first days was, “I hope I’ll find my place here.” I always did, it just took time.
What one aspect or element of Provex City do you wish existed in this reality?
It would be awesome to have energy healing instead of traditional medicine and surgery. It’s quick, easy, and painless. Then I could get my tendinitis nullified.
Mr. Gordon tells Oliver: "When you truly believe anything is possible, you will be able to open doors where there were only walls." If you could open a door into any fictional world, which one would you most like to visit?
I’d love to open a door into Hogwarts. Like Jeremy in Provex City, I’d have a hard time coming back.
When you stumble upon a scene that gives you trouble when you’re writing, what’s the first thing you do?
If I can, I like to go for a walk, listening to music and letting my imagination wander. At the start of my walk I ask myself the question, “Where do I go now?” I’ll usually have an answer by the time I get home and be eager to get back to the story.
Oliver finds that he shares the bedroom in his new house with a ghost. If you had your choice of paranormal roommates, what supernatural entity would top your list?
I’d like a ghost of my very own. I’ve been fascinated with ghosts since I was in elementary school. I don’t want him/her trashing the place, but a few spectral pranks could be entertaining.
What’s one thing writing Oliver’s character has taught you about yourself?
That with a little focus and dedication, I can accomplish great things as well! I’m teaching Oliver to believe in himself, but he’s also doing the same for me.
Using only the title of another piece of fiction, please share with us what we can expect from you as an author after Provex City.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions Michael! More information on Michael and Provex City can be found here:
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Fifteen-year-old Oliver Grain begins his school year fighting off bullies, learning about the boy who committed suicide in his room, and trying to understand why his history teacher, Mr. Gordon, has taken such a personal interest in him.
Do you believe in ghosts? Do you believe you can make bullies simply disappear? Do you believe you can walk through walls?
Mr. Gordon tells Oliver: "When you truly believe anything is possible, you will be able to open doors where there were only walls." And one of those doors leads Oliver to Provex City, which puts him in far greater danger than he can possibly fathom.
• Three winners will receive a paperback of Provex City and a $15 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
• Five additional winners will win paperback copies of Provex City. (INT
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