Hey all!!! Well I got to do an interview with the author of the Misadventures Of Hobart Hucklebuck. Stan Swanson. Before we get to the interview here is some details about the book..Enjoy!!!
The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck: Magic and Mayhem, by Stan Swanson
Genre: middle-grade, action-adventure fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Publication: August 7th, 2014.
Cover Artist: Ricky Gunawan
Things are not as they should be in Pennywhistle. Enchanted toasters are not toasting, enchanted
sprinklers are not sprinkling and Hobart Hucklebuck’s origami messenger birds are suddenly
Someone seems to be draining the power from all of the enchanted items in the village. But who
could it be and why have they implicated Hobart’s grandfather?
“The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck” follows Hobart and his friends, Specks
Spacklethack and Rosie Rumpleskirt, as they try to solve this mystery and free Hobart’s
grandfather from the Tower of Tribulation on Mumblemonk Mountain.
The trio’s investigation into the mysterious happenings on Druid Lane gets them into hot water
more than once and ultimately brings them dangerously close to disaster not only for themselves,
but the entire village of Pennywhistle.
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About Stan Swanson:
Stan Swanson is a Bram Stoker award finalist and author of eight books including Forever
Zombie (a collection of short stories), Write of the Living Dead (a highly-praised writing guide
written with Araminta Star Matthews and Rachel Lee) and Return of the Scream Queen (co-
authored with Michael McCarty and Linnea Quigley). He is also editor/publisher for Dark
Moon Books and Dark Moon Digest. Upcoming titles include Horror High School: Return of
the Loving Dead (the first book in a young adult horror series co-written with Araminta Star
Matthews), Dead Sparrows (a collection of apocalyptic poetry) and The Methlands (a horror
novel co-written with award-winning author Joe McKinney).
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1.Where did you get the idea for your book?
I never have a problem coming up with ideas for books. I have a list I have added to for
years that now probably has over 200 book ideas. My problem is that the newest idea is
always the one I want to start writing – even if I already have something in the works. I
have always loved the fantasy genre, so this was just one of many ideas. The trouble was
that Harry Potter came out as I finished it. I put the manuscript on a closet shelf until
my wife read it one day and told me I needed to finish it. Now I’m glad I did.
2.How long did it take you to write it?
I took a strange approach on this one. I actually wrote it twice. I wrote the first draft,
then put it away for a couple of months. Then, referring only to my outline, I wrote it
again. When I was finished, I took both versions and merged them keeping the best stuff
and deleting other parts. It worked out well, but as you can imagine, it took a long time.
(I also wrote both versions by hand.) The second book in the series only took me about
six months to finish. (And, no, I didn’t write it twice. LOL.)
3.How did you come up with your characters?
I love creating characters. By the time I start putting pen-to-paper (or fingers-to-
keyboard) I know my characters well and pretty much know how they will react to any
4.What made you want to write a children's book?
It was really accidental. I was writing another fantasy adventure (Dragontooth) and
suddenly realized that it was not really an “adult” novel. Since then I have enjoyed
writing for young adults and the middle grade audience. (I have also written two picture
books, but they have never been published.)
5.Do you have a favorite character and who is it?
I don’t really have a favorite character although Hobart might have a slight edge simply
because he is the main protagonist. But I like all of my characters as they become real
to me. And I know they are “real” as sometimes they do things while I am writing that I
didn’t even expect them to do.
6.Will you be writing anymore children's books?
The second book in the Hobart Hucklebuck series is currently with the publisher and
I have started the rough draft for the third book. I have also started two young adult
novels. Both are in the steampunk genre which I have really come to enjoy.