Hello! I hope you are enjoying your day! We have another blog tour stop for you today! We have with us N. R. Bergeson talking about his debut book The Magnificent Glass Globe! If you want to travel around the world, then you should go check out this book!
Title: THE MAGNIFICENT GLASS GLOBE
Author: N.R. Bergeson
Pub. Date: April 10, 2017
Format: Paperback, eBook
Synopsis: Eleven-year-old Mary Tucker dreams of visiting the Amazon. But if her father, a museum curator, has his way, she might be a grandmother before she ever gets the chance.
One day, while mischievously exploring the museum’s warehouse with her brother Ike and best friend Helen, Mary stumbles across an old travel trunk belonging to her grandfather.
Inside, they discover an nondescript glass globe. Curious about the simple object, Mary touches the globe, and is shocked when the room is suddenly consumed by the most amazing view of Earth.
The magnificent globe lets the friends zoom closer and closer toward the earth’s surface, eventually bringing them close enough to touch the trees. That’s when the globe entirely disappears, and they find themselves falling.
Suddenly, they’re far from home, in place that’s either a paradise, or the place where they will die.
Sleep, water, and food become precious and scarce. A native tribe may hold the keys to their survival as well as clues to help them get back home. But it won’t be easy. The rain forest is a big place, and when others find out what the globe can do, Mary, Ike and Helen will need a plan, allies, and a little luck.
R. (Nils) Bergeson is the author of the “Magnificent Glass Globe” series. Nils was born in California but spent his childhood at the foot of the beautiful mountains of northern Utah. From an early age, he was fascinated with the wider world, prompting him to earn a degree in international studies from Utah State University, followed by a Master’s degree in Public Administration/International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He knew early on that his interests were as wide as the world itself, and that he’d find real joy living overseas. Since 2002, Nils has only spent four years living in the United States. He was a missionary in Siberia, spent time in Romania as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, and has worked for several years in Colombia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, and now Indonesia as a U.S. diplomat/international development worker. He’s traveled to more than 60 countries with his wife, Emily, and their three young children. Nils’ love for writing, which began in the second grade, complements his globetrotting ways well. He hopes his writing will instill a desire in his readers to take advantage of modern opportunities to see the world, learn new languages, and expand their cultural experiences. We live in a wonderful world, and it’s just waiting for us to see it.
1. What is your book THE MAGNIFICENT GLASS GLOBE about?
It’s about a globe – a particularly magnificent globe – made out of glass. More specifically, it’s about Mary, an eleven-year-old who obsesses about traveling the world and feels stuck where she is. After she accidentally discovers the aforementioned magnificent glass globe, she finds herself, along with her brother and best friend, unexpectedly in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. Now, they have to figure out how to survive and get home. They realize the world can be both beautiful and dangerous.
2. Why do you love writing? When did you first have a love for writing, and how was it formed?
I like to express ideas, and I feel like writing gives me a chance to do that in a creative way. I hope it will help people see something in life just a little bit differently.
I dabbled with writing a little bit way back in second grade. My teacher was so impressed by a short story that I wrote and encouraged me to become a writer. “Yeah,” I thought. “I could do that…” While it helped instill a love of writing, that short story didn’t become a best-seller. Still, ever since then I’ve tried my hand at writing in different ways – books, articles, and blog posts.
3. Who are your favorite authors, and which ones have had an impact on you? Who has affected your writing style the most?
Well, I don’t know about style (I’m really just winging this whole thing, and I hope to learn a little bit more about writing from the real professionals at some point), but I was influenced once by the great Brandon Sanderson. I asked him if somebody like me, with a full time job, a family, and more taking up my time, would ever be able to find time to actually write a book.
“Sure,” he said. “You’ll have to be organized with your time. But you can do it. Just do a little bit at a time.” And he was right. So thanks, Brandon.
4. What are your favorite genres to read and write? What are your favorite books?
Well, most of my reading is focused on very boring and very long technical documents. If I spent as much time reading good literature as I do reading reports and memos, I would probably have read every book ever written.
But when I’m not stuck reading the booking stuff, I like to branch out and do different things. I read a lot of non-traditional epic fantasy-type books, as well as a lot of contemporary literature where ordinary kids find themselves in extraordinary circumstances.
I like to write about young people discovering new ideas and seeing new things for the first time.
Some of my favorite books are Great Expectations, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Maniac Magee, The Secret Garden, and more.
5. What do you do when you’re not writing? Is writing a part-time or full-time job?
Well, I think writing is like my third or fourth job. I work full time at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. Luckily, the traffic here in Southeast Asia is terrible, so I take my laptop and try to write while stuck in a traffic jam. My other full-time job is raising my three highly-energetic children.
6. Mary, Ike, and Helen- the main characters- in your new series use the glass globe to travel all over the world. If you could use the globe to travel somewhere, where would you go?
Well, I’ve been lucky to go a lot of places already with work. And I have loved them all. But I still haven’t lived in Africa, and there are a lot of places I’d like to go. I’d probably start with Zambia.
7. What was it like serving as a missionary, Peace Corps volunteer, and a U.S. diplomat in various countries around the world?
You end up in a lot of really weird situations where you have no idea what is going on. I’ve found myself time and time again in rooms full of people speaking languages I didn’t understand, and just nodding my head and pretending like I understand. But you learn that people are all fundamentally the same. We have the same hopes and desires. There’s no reason for us all not to respect one another and get along.
8. Out of all the more than 60 countries you have visited, which one was your favorite and what did you see there?
Everywhere is amazing. If I could go and spend more time in a particular place, however, I’d probably pick Japan, Chile, and Turkey. Also, Finland is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.
9. How do you want your book to change young readers? Why did you choose to write for a middle grade audience?
One reason I wrote for a middle grade audience is because those books are shorter, and I wanted to actually finish a book at some point! But I also get along with young people. I don’t think I ever fully grew up. And they read more than anybody else. They are learning about the world for the first time. They are open to new ideas and haven’t been corrupted by the boring parts of being an adult. I hope it makes them want to see more of the world, meet people from other places, and become better global citizens.
10. Who was your favorite character to write and why?
I like Ike because I can relate to the wanting to be funny, but not always being very good at it. I also liked writing Colin the poacher. I have a lot of Australian relatives, so in some ways I’m kind of teasing them with his character.
11. What is your personal cure for writer’s block?
I have no cure. If somebody has discovered one, please tell me. Also, I could use some advice on how to write more effectively while sitting in a crowded van in rush-hour traffic.
12. How much of your books were based off of your own personal experiences or research (if you had to do any)?
Almost 100%. I never actually got lost in the rainforest, but I did go visit back in 2010/2011 when I lived in Colombia. I met the Ticuna, visited one of their villages, had monkeys crawl all over me, climbed vines on a tree, and walked around the beautiful streets of Puerto Nariño. I would highly recommend it to anybody.
13. Have you written any other works? What are your current plans with your writing career?
Book #2 comes out in 2018. It’s in a completely different part of the world – Russia. Russia has been like a second home to me, so I loved writing about it. You get to learn more about where the globe came from, what the deal is with Anatoly, and you find out that things are a lot more complicated than they seemed at the end of the first book.
14. Do you have any tips to any aspiring authors or writers?
Yep, and it’s the same advice I give over and over again. Get out and see something different. Learn a new language. Visit a new country. Eat some weird food. Be safe, but be adventurous. You’ll it will flip on your brain like a switch, and new ideas will start flowing from all over.
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