Artifacts by Pete Catalano
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Tantrum Boooks
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.
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.
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? For as long as I’ve been reading, I’ve always imagined what if the characters didn’t go to Mordor? What if there wasn’t a wardrobe in the room but there was a closet? What if the witch didn’t melt with water? What if the ring was found long before Bilbo stumbled on it?
2. How long does it take you to write a book? A lot less time than you might think. Typically I write a book in three months or less. Then comes re-writing, editing, more re-writing, more editing etc. Sometimes the ideas come so fast and furious I just watch the movie I see in my head, write everything down, and hold on for the ride.
3. What is your work schedule like when you're writing? I write furiously whenever I can. On the long car rides I take for work, I may send myself 15-20 emails all with notes that I add to the story when I get home.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? That I can just start writing the moment I sit down no matter what I’ve been doing just moments before. I guess I never stop thinking about the story so it’s easy to slip back in to the head of the MC or the others.
5. How do books get published? Slowly! The waiting is actually the worst part but eventually time passes and it works out. The first time you get pages to edit can be daunting. You get all two hundred pages of your ms back and there are twenty changes per page and decisions to be made. After you wake up out of the coma you were in, it’s actually pretty easy and gets to be a lot of fun when you see how much better the notes have made your ms.
6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? I look around and ideas are everywhere. I’m in the process of writing a contemporary fantasy chapter book series that is a little scary. The first book is about a frightening Happy Meal toy that comes alive and two brothers have to catch it before their mom finds out about it.
7. When did you write your first book and how old were you? I was probably thirty-five years old and finally sat down to do it.
8. What do you like to do when you're not writing? Go to the movies and out to dinner. My wife and I have become adventurers, driving somewhere and making turns we hadn’t made before to see where we might end up. There is usually a pleasant surprise every time we go somewhere new.
9. What does your family think of your writing? That I’m crazy! J Trying to figure out, like everybody else, where the ideas come from and how did I think of some of it.
10. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? That I have somehow found the perfect middle grade voice. It’s hard to do correctly and easy to pick up when it’s not.
11. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? I’ve written 11 MG books. A favorite is hard. It is either CREATURE CATCHER about creature catchers who enlist HG Wells to help them kill a creature loose in NYC or SUPER VILLAIN INTERN where a kid flunks out of Superhero training only to become the face of the International Society of Evildoers and spins there worst crimes into notable humanitarian efforts. But there is also the one about the cell phone that grants wishes but with AUTOCORRECT even the simplest wish can have catastrophic consequences.
12. Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they? Keep writing. Find a couple of great CPs. Experiment with the various way the story can go and pick the one which feels right.
13. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? Not yet. With the ARTIFACTS out May 17th the only people I heard from are those that have gotten and read the early copies that Amazon sent out.
14. Do you like to create books for adults? Not at all. I don’t think like an adult so I certainly couldn’t write for them! J
15. What do you think makes a good story? One where you put the MC into the worst possible circumstances imaginable and then get him back out.
16. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? Be a baseball player preferably for the NY Mets!
17. What Would you like my readers to know? That I am still stunned that ARTIFACTS is being published and that I hope they find it is as funny as I think it is.
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Giveaway Information: Contest ends June 3, 2016
· Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Artifacts by Pete Catalano (INT)