Thursday, December 19, 2013

Interview & Giveaway: Jeffrey M. Daniels

Jeffrey began a lifelong love of reading and words, which took shape at an early age. Due to multiple beatings from his Grandma at the game of Scrabble, he began reading Webster’s unabridged dictionary and then her complete collection of World Book encyclopedia.
His career in writing, began with tear-inducing messages on family cards, continued as editor of his college dorm newsletter and on through various advertising positions. He managed to squeeze out a regular newsletter during his many years in Finance and Accounting whose sole purpose was to make its readers laugh.
The fantasy adventure trilogy, Jeremy Shuttle Adventures, is about a young boy who receives a sketchbook that makes everything he draws in it become real and marks Jeffrey’s debut in fantasy fiction.
He currently lives comfortably in South Florida, driving with his car windows down and wondering why so many people complain about the humidity.

Favorite reads?
      Favorite author:  Jack Vance; after that, anything imaginative that finishes strong.

Inspirations for the book?
      Kids.  And adults who still remember how to be kids.

Did you know you wanted to be an author when you were little?
      Battling Grandma in Scrabble got me into words.  Shortly afterwards, I found out they’re fun to string together, too.

Any Pet Peeves?
       Snap judgments.

Chocolate or Peanut Butter?

The weirdest thing you've ever done?
        Running into the corner of a wall racing to see my favorite TV program (black eye for a week!).

Is there a soundtrack to the book/Favorite music?
        As a long-time fan of Fantasia, I hear lots of bold classical music playing during Jeremy’s adventures.

Do you need anything to write? 
        The beach.

How long do you write on any average day?
         2-3 hours; after that, I start burning.

Give us the number one reason to read your book.
         It’s an amusement park of a read; fun for the kids and subtext for the adults.

Author Info:

What If everything you drew became real?
Jeremy Shuttle receives a sketchbook from a mysterious shopkeeper in a strange art store. Soon, he and his best friend Natalie discover that anything he draws in the book becomes real!
He uses the book to go on amazing adventures, each time landing in greater danger. When he decides to use the book to bring back his Dad, missing for 13 years, both his Mom and Natalie are pulled into the danger as well.
What If? is the first book in the Jeremy Shuttle Adventures trilogy, kicking off the excitement and mystery as Jeremy learns that the answers to some “What If’s” can be perilous.

Print Copy (US/CANADA)
Ends 1/15

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