Tex McKenna’s junior year of high school is just as bad as his sophomore year. Maybe worse. Olivia’s dumped him. He's caught up between two warring gangs and gone “undercover” with the Modern Gangstas to unmask a murderer. All this poor Witch Boy and supernatural trouble magnet wants to do is end the school year alive. And maybe find out who the mysterious punker girl is and how she knows all his secrets.
Sounds awesome, right? Anyhow, you can grab a copy here:
MuseItUp Publishing and Amazon.
The first book is also on sale for just .99 for the release, so definitely go snag a copy!
Also of great fun, check out Stuart's hilarious blog where he's got a bad poetry contest going on for copies of both books! You can check out his facebook page here too :)
And, because I think you'll all enjoy this, how about a little interview with the author? Be sure to say hello in the comments!
-I always love to hear a bit about how a story got started. What inspired Tex, the witch boy?
Exorcising my high school demons, Meradeth! It's no secret I had a lousy time in high school. There were days I didn't think I'd make it out having been on the receiving end of the Bully Stick. I wanted to tell my tale, give hope to other teens going through the same junk, and hopefully put it into an entertaining tale without being preachy.
-Okay, I have to admit, I'm curious why witches?
Good question! One I ask myself on a daily basis! I think I sold myself more on the irony of having a male teenaged witch rather than any true interest in writing witch fiction. To me, that aspect just sorta' screams out as a sorta' metaphor about how awkward teens feel in their own body, at odds with the world around them. That's my boy, Tex!
-I know you've talked before about how the bullying instances in Tex are all based on real events. What made you decide that you wanted to include this component in your book?
Bullying's such an ongoing challenge with kids. It's finally getting more attention than it has in some time, but really, there can never be enough said about it.
-Tex was such a great character, as is Olivia. Are there any real people these guys have something in common with? Or were they solely products of your imagination?
I was a little bit Tex (although he's braver than I was!), shared the same awkward moments and suffered through the same smart mouth at times. But he's really made up for the most part. Olivia is part my daughter and part a few girls I knew in high school. Mix, shake and stir. I cribbed a few other characters from people my daughter knew in high school.
-Your second book is about to be released. What was the hardest part of writing a sequel? How about the most fun part?
Hm. The worst part is probably trying to reestablish my characters. I knew who they were and I was ready to move my playing pieces around the board already! On the other hand, since they were already established, it was great fun seeing how much trauma I could put them through. A little sadistic maybe, but I'm happiest when my characters are in big ol' messes.
-Last but not least, what is your favorite book of all time?
That's tough! But if you're gonna' put me in a corner, I'll probably go with To Kill A Mockingbird. It's perfect!
Thanks for yakking at me, Meradeth!