Wednesday, May 18, 2016

BLOG TOUR – DIGITAL ASSETS + #GIVEAWAY: ARTIFACTS BY PETE CATALANO @Pete_Catalano @chapterxchapter @TantrumBooks

Artifacts by Pete Catalano
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Tantrum Boooks

It's funny how one little letter can change a person's life. Jax and his friends have been planning the summer of a lifetime at Camp Runamuck. However, when one of them is facing summer at a school desk for failing English, they watch those plans crash and burn!
At the last moment they're given a way out.
An extra credit assignment to find several fake artifacts for a fairy tale display their teacher is presenting at the local library.
Thinking they've hit the easiest-extra-credit-ever jackpot, they begin rummaging through any piles of junk they can find. As they start putting the clues together, they realize that what they're really searching for is one authentic artifact that can rewrite fairy tales!

Enlisting the aid of the Lost Boys, Jax and his friends battle fairy tale villains to see who can get their hand, or their hook, on it first.

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What inspired you to write ARTIFACTS?

            I’ve always been fascinated by fairy tales and the set up of Good versus Evil in the stories. Imaging the characters as real, I couldn’t help believe that at least some of the villains would feel short changed with the label they’ve been give. It’s like Jessica Rabbit said, “I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.” If there was an artifact that could re-write fairy tales, it would be priceless in that t could change the stories and with it the perception of everyone that ever reads it. If the artifact could change fairy tales, why not other parts of our lives?

            When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

            I wrote a few adult titles many years ago but the feeling I get for MG and the need to write it just showed up a few years ago. The moment I found my MG voice I knew it would be something I did for the rest of my life.

            What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?

            Picture books when I was young. Things get a little foggy before elementary school. J

            What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

            I enjoy fantasy or contemporary fantasy the most. Life as we know it with a little bit of magic thrown in. There’s a wardrobe that I would love to step inside.

            What is your favorite book?

            It’s cliché but The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. These days it’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

            You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

            It has always been J.R.R. Tolkien but lately Neil Gaiman has made a bug impact. Not only is his work incredible (which goes without saying) but the positive impact he leaves in his wake the way he did in his Make Good Art commencement address at the University of the Arts in 2012 is something I can listen to over and over again.

            If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go and      why?

            To the Eagle and Child in Oxford, England during the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. I would love to be able to at least listen in to the Inklings Meeting that took place there and in C. S. Lewis’s college rooms. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Hugo Dyson, Owen Barfield and others all reading their work aloud and waiting for any commentary (which usually became more boisterous the later the meetings went).

            When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?

            I’m almost ashamed to say that writing comes easy to me and it’s fast. ARTIFACTS was written in about two months.

            Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

            Yes, my wife and I have two 100 pound, needy, spoiled, very fun, very crazy Old English Sheepdogs that keep us on our toes.

            What is your "to die for", favorite food/foods to eat?

            EVERYTHING that my wife makes is to die for She is an absolutely fabulous cook and there is nothing that she can’t make. The list of my favourite recipes that she makes is too long for this article.

            Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

            Take your time and have patience. Write what you know, what you’ve experienced so the heart you’re putting into your story can come out loud and clear to the reader. Write, write, write, then put it away for a while and then look at it again. Find yourself some great CP’s who will tell you what’s wrong and not short change you on advice or even criticism like some of your relatives or close friends might. Your book is not the horrible picture you made at school that went on the refrigerator anyway. It has to be the best it can be.

Pete Catalano’s books are written for kids of all ages — and adults who secretly never grew up. He lives in Charlotte, NC with his adorably funny wife and two neurotic dogs. Pete was a theatre major in college and tries to keep the ‘suspension of disbelief’ in his life as much as he can.

  • Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Artifacts by Pete Catalano (INT)
Contest ends June 3, 2016