Interview with Author
Blurb: Jeremy Shuttle Adventures is about a boy (guess who) who is gifted a sketchbook that he soon finds out makes anything he draws in it become real. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always turn out to smartly. He is aided by his best friend, Natalie, who views him as raw potential, but clueless about romance. Jeremy decides to use the sketchbook to find his missing Dad and in the process discovers some amazing things about his Dad, the sketchbook and himself. The series has a little of everything, ants, dinosaurs, aliens, space travel, time travel, regular travel and a budding romance…sort of.
When did you first decide you wanted to write?
In my best Sir Robin voice (you have to have seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail)… That’s easy! About as soon as I could write, I wanted to write. No, really. Reading was my first love but it was just something I did. Writing was something I could create with. Plus, the more I wrote, the more words I learned and the better chance I might one day beat Grandma at Scrabble (never happened).
What is your favorite genre to read and/or write?
Fantasy and Science Fiction are my favorite reads and, naturally, my favorite writes. Occasionally, when I’m in the mood for a short story, I’ll usually try horror (not gory stuff, more in the suspenseful “Gasp!” vein).
Do you have a favorite author?
Jack Vance – a magician and artist with words.
What was it like writing Jeremy Shuttle Adventures?
Hot. That’s because I did most of it in a folding chair at the beach. Very inspiring (and perspiring). It was also fun, frustrating, freeing, frightening, fabulous and lots of other words beginning with “f”.
Is there something you want to write about, that you haven’t yet?
I’m taking a 15,000+ mile, 39-city, 73-day road trip to every major league baseball park (and some national parks) over the summer. I expect that should make an interesting tale. Then it’s back to my staples, including a sci-fi novel that’s been bouncing around in my brain (there’s room) and a sequel of sorts to my trilogy.
What is one silly fact about you?
I can’t stand coffee, but my favorite ice cream is coffee ice cream.
Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
Unquestionably it’s Mitch the Ant (don’t call him an ant!). When you read my first book, you’ll see why.
Is your writing influenced by people in your life?
There was a little tendency to think of certain people as I created the characters, but they quickly developed their own personalities and should not create any legal danger to me now.
Thanks for agreeing to do this interview ^.^ Anything you want to say to the readers?
You should have a blast reading all about Jeremy, his amazing sketchbook and, frankly, his amazing best friend Natalie. The adventures he goes on are imaginative and increasingly dangerous, but the biggest discovery he makes is about his best friend and how he feels about her. It should be fun for anyone 10 and up (or so the “old people” who have read it have told me).
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I’ve got a website, www.jeffreymdaniels.com where I blog about stuff that rarely has anything to do with writing.