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A young boy must defend the Books of Power from those that would use them to create an army of the most infamous villains ever written.Villains such as Captain Hook, The Invisible Man, Dorian Gray, and the winged beasts from the land of Oz come to life in the first book of this adventure series. Every famous classic novel was once a hand-written manuscript into which its author poured his or her heart and soul. These manuscripts, full of raw passion and life, have the power to bring characters to life when read aloud. For over a century, protecting these manuscripts from those who would use their infamous villains to wage war on humanity has fallen upon the shoulders of the Adkins Family. Now, with his parents killed and grandfather kidnapped, Shay must take up the mantel of The Keeper and protect the Books of Power from the worst threat yet. For fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and The Hunger Games.
THANKS FOR BEING ON THE BLONDE BOOKIE BLOG, HEATH. TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR BOOK.My name is Heath Amodio. I write screenplays, comic books, and my first two novels are currently available. The novels are the first two chapters in what I'm hoping is a long series. Book one is The Keeper and the Books of Power.
In book one, Shay must face the murders of both parents and prevent his evil uncle from building an army of fiction's most infamous villains. It's Goonies meets a YA adventure in the vein of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter.
The second book is The Keeper and the Rise of Hyde. It follows Shay and his friends on another adventure while an even darker enemy rises to power.
GOONIES IS MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE, SO THIS SOUNDS LIKE A SERIES I WOULD LOVE! WHEN AND HOW DID YOU BECOME A WRITER?
According to my progress reports in elementary school, I've been writing since grade school. Lol. I started taking it seriously when I decided to take a shot at an open submissions call by Marvel Comics. They chose my comic, along with four other writers, to have my issue published through their indie line Epic. Unfortunately that fell through but it showed me I had some actual talent. I mean it's Marvel after all.
BEING CHOSEN BY MARVEL IS A DREAM, SO CONGRATS ON GETTING THAT FAR. IT'S A HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT! WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST WRITING ACHIEVEMENT?
Aside from the Marvel thing, I'd have to say wowing actress Emmanuelle Chriqui with my script Weight of It All. We've been friends on Twitter for a few years now and she's always been kind enough to read my work. She loved this particular script and thanks to her I was able to option the script. It's now in pre-production.
WOW! OKAY, YOU MAY BE LIVING MY DREAM. CONGRATS! WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
The lack of time. There are always too many ideas, too many projects, and NEVER enough time. I still work a 9-5 so I can only write in my spare time and stories fall by the wayside because of it. That part sucks.
A close second would be the waiting. Waiting for replies from agents, publishers, etc. It's part of the process, but it feels like being stuck in neutral. It's hard to move onto the next project when you're dying to know the status of the last one.
THE WAITING IS THE WORST, BECAUSE IF YOU START SOMETHING NEW TO GET YOUR MIND OFF OF IT, AT SOME POINT YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO IT. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
I'm currently working on two comic book series, a graphic novel, a picture book, the third Keeper book, two television pilots, and putting the finishing touches on three feature screenplays. See what I mean about time?
YOU ARE SUPER BUSY! WHAT GENRE(S) DO YOU WRITE OR WISH TO WRITE?
Literally anything and everything. If it comes to mind, I write it.
DO YOU EVER SUFFER FROM WRITER’S BLOCK? HOW DO YOU GET PAST IT?
It's only happened a couple of times. I usually move on to the next thing and go back when I'm inspired. That's why I try to have 2 or 3 things going at once.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PLACE TO WRITE?
I do 90% of my writing on my phone or tablet now. I guess my favorite place to write is anywhere I have 5 minutes.
YES, YOU HAVE TO GET IT IN WHEN YOU CAN! WHAT’S THE GREATEST COMPLIMENT YOU EVER RECEIVED FROM A READER?
There's a 5-way tie.
--When my mother first told me she liked my writing.
--When Marvel said they loved my submission and were going to publish it.
--One woman said that she read my first book in three hours and wanted the next one.
--Actor Jonathan Tucker called me and left me a voicemail that said my writing was "a breath of fresh air." That he opened the file just to browse it and couldn't stop reading.
--When Emmanuelle sent me her first reaction to my screenplay. It's NSFW but it was awesome!
Honestly I take any kind words with the highest regard.
YOU'VE HAD SOME GREAT ONES! WHAT WAS THE WORST COMMENT FROM A READER?
It's not awful or mean but I'm really tired of hearing the words... "I liked it a lot, I just didn't love it."
What am I supposed to do with that?