Sunday, September 20, 2015

#MMBBR Showcase: OtherWorld: YA Fantasy Adventure by Evan Ronan

Aoife Finley is bursting at the seams with creativity. No one daydreams better than her and her imagination knows no bounds. 

Mr. Peterson is old, his best days long behind him. He yearns for the past, mistrusts the present, and fears the future. But he's just figured out how to recapture his past: 

By stealing other people's imaginations. 

Armed with only her creativity, imaginary friends, and a few bickering classmates, Aoife embarks on an amazing, but dangerous journey into the otherworld that she created, a place that is slipping more and more out of her control and into Mr. Peterson’s, before the real world as she knows it—and as it could be—disappears forever. 

OtherWorld is a YA fantasy adventure about the power of the imagination and how anything is possible. It is 80,000 words long and Evan Ronan’s first (but hopefully not last) YA novel.

Evan Ronan

Evan Ronan is the author of The Unearthed, a paranormal thriller series that gives readers a little bit of everything: mystery, horror, suspense, action, and deadpan humor. Featuring protagonist Eddie McCloskey, a complex character looking for redemption, readers have said: 

"This is an awesome series of books."
"So many twists and turns."
"I just couldn't put it down."
"Two days to read all five books."
"Deserves more than five stars."
"Great pacing, sympathetic characters, and a twisty plot."

In these books, Evan explores that daunting grey area where reason intersects with superstition. There is nothing more terrifying than the unknown...

Evan also loves historical fiction and with fellow author Nathanael Green writes The Tomahawk and Saber series. Set in the Pennsylvania Colony in the days of the French and Indian War, these books are good old-fashioned, character-driven adventure stories where cultures clash and life is nasty, brutish, and often short. The first in the series is called Language of the Bear.

But that's not all...

Q.  What inspires your writing?
A. I know what it's like to be stuck in a cubicle all day. When I read, I'm looking for an escape - I'm inspired to provide brief respite from the day for readers.

Q.  What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
A. There are so many things, it's difficult to put a value on them. Three parts of the process stick out for me: 1) when the initial idea comes to me, 2) when I hit publish (because it's the culmination of a lot of hard work, and 3) connecting with readers.

Q.  What is the toughest part of being a writer?
A. Artists are filled with self-doubt. I'm no exception.

Q.  If you could not be writer, what would you do/be?
A. A professional golfer.

Q.  What would the story of your life be entitled?
A. "Don't You Have Something Better To Read?"

Q.  What is your favorite book of all time?
A. I'm going to cheat and give you two: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler and Tai-Pan by James Clavell.

Q.  Which character from ANY book are you most like?
A. Superman (just kidding)

Q.  What character from all of your book are you most like?
A. Eddie McCloskey. He's an interesting version of dull me.

Q.  Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?
A. Imperium by Robert Harris. Would love to spend a week in Ancient Rome with Cicero and Caesar. 

Q.  What is your favorite season?
A. Golf season.

Q.  Are you working on something new?
A. Too many things: the historical fiction series I co-author with Nathanael Green, the sixth book in my paranormal series, a few standalones, my next YA book, and a middle-grade book.

Q.  Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
A.  Thanks for taking the time to read this interview! I hope you give OtherWorld a try.

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