I’m participating in the blog tour for Wade Albert White’s newest title, The Adventurer’s Guide to Dragons (and Why They Keep Biting Me). I had the chance to interview Wadefor this tour, so be sure to keep reading to check out his responses below and to enter the tour giveaway.
The Adventurer’s Guide to Dragons (and Why They Keep Biting Me)
Author: Wade Albert White
Pub. Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Get ready for dragons, robots, and an even more dangerous quest in the sequel to The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes!
Anne, Penelope, and Hiro have returned to Saint Lupin’s Quest Academy for Consistently Dangerous and Absolutely Terrifying Adventures, where there’s only one way to leave: pass or fail. At the annual Quest Academy awards, they’re recognized for their success in their first outing-Best Illegal Quest That Nearly Destroyed the Entire World–but a strange boy steals Anne’s gauntlet and activates a new quest that pits them against all of dragonkind. Their charge: kill the dragon queen. The problem is, Anne doesn’t want to kill any dragons! But ignoring a quest can have horrible consequences, just as killing the dragon queen would start an all-out war between people and dragons. To avert disaster, Anne and her friends will have to dodge robot attacks, defeat new foes, and survive the dangerous dragon trials just for a chance to explain.
With charming, funny text and lots of heart, The Adventurer’s Guide to Dragons is the perfect read for anyone who likes fantasy with lots of laughter.
Interview with Wade Albert White, author of The Adventurer’s Guide to Dragons (and Why They Keep Biting Me):
- Describe your book in only 5 words.
Adventure. Friendship. Magick. Robots. Squirrels.
- How do you choose names for your characters? Is there hidden significance behind any of them?
Sometimes names just come to me, and other times it takes me a while to figure out what to call a character. Either way, there often is hidden significance in the names (or perhaps not so hidden). For example, in my series the main character’s name is Anvil, which conveys strength. The last name of her best friend is Shatterblade, which is fitting because that character has some tragedy in her past. There are also some Easter eggs in a few of the other names for readers to discover on their own.
- What’s your favorite dragon in children’s literature?
Oddly enough, I’ve always liked the dragon Smaug from The Hobbit. He’s not a very nice dragon, of course, but he’s intelligent and well-rounded and you get the impression he’s had a long and interesting history. I like characters, even villainous ones, with personality.
- What is your writing process like?
It varies. I tend to outline my stories first, often to the point where I know how many chapters there are going to be. I try not to be too strict about this, though, and if the story goes in another direction while I’m writing, I simply adjust the outline to match. When I’m working on a first draft, I play music and type fast. When I’m editing, I work in silence and type much slower.
- What books have influenced you as a writer?
Definitely too many to list, but some of the most influential would include: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Legend by David Gemmell, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling, and On Writing by Stephen King.
- What are you currently reading?
I recently finished Howard Wallace: Shadow of a Pug by Casey Lyall, the sequel to one of my favorite debut books last year (namely, Howard Wallace, P.I.). Next on my reading pile is The Star Thief by Lindsey Becker.
Wade hails from Nova Scotia, Canada, land of wild blueberries and Duck Tolling Retrievers. He teaches part-time, dabbles in animation, and spends the rest of his time as a stay-at-home dad. It is also possible he has set a new record as the slowest 10K runner. Ever. He owns one pretend cat and one real one, and they get along fabulously.
Tour-wide giveaway (US Only)
- (3) winners will receive a finished copy of THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO DRAGONS (AND WHY THEY KEEP BITING ME), US Only.Ends on September 19th at Midnight EST!
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