1. What motivated you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and turning it into this book? I write best from a prompt. It is said a picture is worth one thousand words but in my case, it morphed into 68,000 words. I happened to see a picture on LinkedIn entitled Inversion House, an architectural project built in Austin, Texas in 2005. It was so intriguing I could not help myself. Two months later I had written the main manuscript.
2. What is it about and who is it for? Bristlecone Magic is a YA Christian fantasy intended for anyone from 12 to 109. It takes place in a small Upstate New York hamlet, Rouses Point January 2020. John and Jim Honeycutt, twins living with their mom and dad on a small farm just outside of town, decide to take a midnight ride without permission. After all, what could happen? It’s a story of love, friendship, community, family values, and magic too.
3. What takeaways might the reader be left with after reading it? I can only hope readers will feel a bit more light-hearted having laughed a little and taken a surreal journey via the written word. Perhaps they’ll take the time to see the real magic in simple things like saying hello to a stranger or taking time out to talk to someone they’ve never met. Who knows, they might even decide to join T.L.F.G.
4. How did you decide on your book’s title and cover design? Looking at the picture of Inversion House, I immediately thought it looked magical, reminding me of a TV show I watched many years ago, Time Tunnel. I thought it was magic, two guys disappearing in the blink of an eye. Giant trees, even as an adult, seem magical so I researched the oldest tree in the world, the Bristlecone Pine. And there you have it…Bristlecone Magic. The cover was created by an artist, Michelle Renee Goodhew of Mundus Media. She read the book from cover to cover and we came up with the design together. I think she did a fantastic job.
5. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for
fellow writers? We all have a story to
tell so don’t be afraid to start writing, one word at a time. Never stop
writing even if you’ve hit a snag. Keep a journal. And when you think you’re
finished writing, trust me, you’re not, but it’s still worth it. Before you
publish, do your research and do NOT rush the process.
6. What trends in the book world do you see -- and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? Sadly, but undoubtedly, paper publishing is on the decline. Audio and E books are quickly gaining ground.
7. What challenges did you overcome to write this book? Thankfully, none, because I knew I could do it. I had to reread my book seven times before I was satisfied I’d done the best job I could. I think it was harder to publish it.
8. How would you describe your writing style? I don’t like long. flowing descriptions, I would rather just give the reader enough to see a picture in his or her mind and hopefully that picture will be different for everyone. I prefer to write dialogue-driven stories where the dialogue is detailed enough so the reader can get a sense of the characters, how they look; why they behave the way they do.
9. If people could buy or read one book this week or this month, why should it be yours? Bristlecone Magic is a down to earth, wholesome (no swearing) story about a community, a group of people who care about their neighbors, something rather foreign in today’s world. There’s just enough humor to make one laugh and don’t we all feel better when we let it all out? People are worried about the environment, the high cost of living, the political climate and especially COVID and other diseases. Everyone needs a break. My Rouses Point, some might say, is in a time warp and that’s OK. Take a walk with me; it’s not far. The Honeycutts’ would love to welcome you into their home. Jimmy might even show you his new telescope.
About the Author: Dennis De Rose, a retired corrections
counselor, has been editing mostly fiction for over 12 years. He is meticulous
and dedicated, according to his clients. He wrote his first story at the young
age of 12 and received an honorable mention for his efforts. To date, he has
written 6 short stories, 3 poems and his first novel, Bristlecone Magic, a YA
Christian fantasy. He has been married for 47 years and has 3 children. Carla
keeps him on the straight and narrow. For more information, consult: https://www.amazon.com/author/bristleconemagic
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