Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Interview with Tim Greaton

What is Zachary Pill, The Dragon at Station End about?  Zachary Pill is a Boston boy who has been picked on his whole life, mostly because his hair is green. It isn’t until his father disappears and he is forced to live with filthy Madame Koochie that he discovers someone wants him dead. Soon, danger and magic are everywhere. He either has to learn how to use the magical items his father left behind, or he will likely die.

Where is your book available? Ebooks are available at all the major online bookstores: Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, Smashwords.

Where did you get the idea for your book? I’ve always been fascinated with fantasy wizards and dragons, and I wondered what it would be like if one boy became both right here in the real world (New Hampshire)

How did you come up with the title? I was striving for an original character name, and I kept looking for a last name that was believable but not common. Pill it turned out to be. The rest of the title is based on an imaginary neighborhood with an abandoned railroad station. It had no basis in the real world.

Who designed the cover? Wizards Prism Art & Media, a great company that his worked on several of my books. 

Do you have to travel a lot for your books? Though I haven’t spent a lot of time touring before now, this fall I will be visiting schools and libraries up and down the east coast to promote both “Zachary Pill, The Dragon at Station End” and “Heroes With Fangs” a Zachary Pill book for younger readers.

When did you write your first book and how old were you? I wrote my first book when I was seven years old. I don’t remember much about it except it involved astronauts and that my mother insisted it was wonderful. I think that cemented my future career. 

If your book was a movie, who would you pick to play the main characters? I honestly hadn’t given it any thought. I hope your readers will send me a list, though, and I’ll get free signed books out to all those actors.

Do you plan on writing sequels? Zachary Pill, The Dragon at Station End is intended to be a decology. The broad story arc of all ten books has already been plotted.

How long did it take you to complete Zachary Pill, The Dragon at Station End? I have to admit the Zachary Pill story was the most difficult novel I have ever written. From development to final draft was almost five years. I completed at least 40 different drafts before I finally felt the story was right.

What is your favorite book? Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. It’s almost certainly the best science fiction book ever written, and it may well be one of the best character novels ever written.

About Tim Greaton: I was born in the middle of a domestic war zone.  My parents hated each other and their six children were often the weapons they used against each other. My younger brothers and sisters were fortunate because they were fairly young when our mother and father split. For me and my older sister, we got to experience fierce screaming arguments, furniture and dishes being thrown, and police arriving to calm the battles fairly regularly. I used to hide inside of books and block all that awful noise out. As far as I’m concerned, the hundreds of novels I read back then saved my sanity and maybe even my life. I always knew I had an obligation to create the same shelter for other people who needed protection or at least a vacation from life. Each and every day I’m thankful to be one of the lucky ones that writes for a living.

His Website: http://www.timgreaton.blogspot.com/          

Social Media sites: @TimGreaton (twitter), Tim Greaton (Facebook)  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Tim-Greaton-WriterAuthor/228528379610?ref=ts

Amazon Ebook: http://www.amazon.com/Zachary-Pill-Dragon-Station-ebook/dp/B005F9YF20/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1312782604&sr=8-5http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/zachary-pill-the-dragon-at-station-end-tim-greaton/1104578422?ean=2940013156739&itm=6&usri=tim%2bgreatonhttp://www.smashwords.com/books/view/77567


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