Hello! Today we have another blog tour stop for you today! Please welcome Chris Ledbetter in this interview talking about his newest book The Sky Throne! Hope you enjoy it!
Title: THE SKY THRONE
Author: Chris Ledbetter
Pub. Date: April 18, 2017
Format: Paperback, eBook
Goodreads Synopsis: Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.
When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.
Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.
Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus’s quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.
On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.
“Destined to have a sequel or two, young teens will appreciate the story, and teachers will appreciate that it instructs readers about the pantheon of gods.”–Kevin Beach, VOYA Magazine
Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly “walked-on” to the best drum line in the conference without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.
After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He’s worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. He taught high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, and also coached football.
He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.
Now here’s the interview!
1. In 10 words or less, how would you describe THE SKY THRONE?
Zeus origin story. Actually, Greek Olympian gods: Origins.
2. Why do you love writing? When did you first have a love for writing, and how was it formed?
The first thing I love about writing is what we all love about reading, which is the ability to escape the real world and experience life as someone else. When I sit down to write, I am immediately transported. It’s very much like sliding a virtual reality headset down over my eyes. I began writing in 2006, almost as a dare to myself and fell in love with it ever since.
3. Who are your favorite authors, and which ones have had an impact on you? Who has affected your writing style the most?
My favorite authors are James Dashner, Jennifer Donnelly, Dan Brown, Laini Taylor, Paulo Coelho, Heather Petty, Kim Harnes, Tracy Clark. They’ve all helped to inspire and shape my writing in one form or another.
4. What are your favorite genres to read and write? What are your favorite books?
I like fantasy the most. Page-turning thrillers like Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons are also very high from a contemporary perspective.
5. What do you do when you’re not writing? Is writing a part-time or full-time job?
When I’m not writing, I’m coaching my daughter in soccer or playing video games. Star Wars: Battlefront is the new favorite game. And yes, I do have a full-time job as a health store manager. I dream of writing full time one day.
6. Which Greek myth or character is your favorite? If you were a Greek god, who would you be?
I love Greek mythology so much. It’s difficult to choose an overall favorite story. I am slightly partial to the Heracles myths revolving around the twelve labors, as well as Jason and the Golden Fleece.
7. Your book revolves around a teenage Zeus who attends an academy on Mount Olympus. Do you love Greek mythology, and if so why?
Mythology is comfort food for the soul. Reading these stories is like eating hot apple pie topped by vanilla ice cream… or whatever your favorite food is. Myths tap into the pleasure center of our brains with tall tales about larger than life characters in otherworldly settings. Ancient deities were the first superheroes.
8. Which character was the easiest to write, and who was the hardest to write?
All the Olympians were pretty easy to write except for Hestia. There aren’t nearly as many stories containing her as there are for other Olympians. The source material simply wasn’t plentiful for her. But I absolutely adore how she turned out.
9. What is your go-to cure for writer’s block?
I don’t run into writer’s block too much. But when I do, physical activity helps. Going for a walk or a short run always shakes loose the cobwebs.
10. Your other books, DRAWN and INKED of the TERRA SEMPRE SAGA, features a protagonist who really loves art. Are you also an artist, or do you like to look at other people’s art? What art media do you like the best?
I am a sketch artist to a very small degree. I *can* sketch, but I’m not nearly as good as my characters in DRAWN and INKED.
11. Where is your favorite place to read or write?
I wish I had a “writing cave” per se. I write pretty much on my corner of the couch in the living room. Nothing glamorous about that. I need to put a writing cave shed in my back yard or something. Haha.
12. Have you written any other works? What are your current plans with your writing career?
As you mentioned, I have written DRAWN and INKED, which are about a young man who endangers the life of his crush by sketching her portrait into a cursed sketchbook… and then he has twenty days to save her life. I have written several short stories. My most acclaimed short story is JASON’S QUEST, a retelling of the Greek myth Jason and Medea. I know, I know… back to those Greek myths again. 🙂
As far as plans… I take one story at a time. And hopefully I can cobble together a career out of it.
13. Do you have any tips to any aspiring authors or writers?
Read widely in your genre. Write, and write some more. Keep writing even when you don’t feel like it. You can’t revise an empty page. Join at least one well respected association that corresponds to the genre in which you wish to write.
Thank you so much, Chris, for coming onto our blog!
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