Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Interview with Stan Swanson

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 

attacking him.

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.

Find The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck: Magic and Mayhem Online:

Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble


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).

Find Stan Swanson Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

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 

given situation.

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.

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