The Misadentures of Hobart Hucklebuck by Stan Swanson is a middle grade fantasy and the tour runs October 13-17 with reviews & author interviews. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
This book is geared toward ages 8-12, but I read it this summer and I found it to be quite funny and entertaining even as an adult. You can read my review of The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck here.
*****About the Book*****
Things are not as they should be in Pennywhistle. Enchanted toasters are not toasting, enchanted sprinklers are not sprinkling and Hobart Hucklebuck’s origami messenger birds are suddenly attacking him. Someone seems to be draining the power from all of the enchanted items in the village. But who could it be and why have they implicated Hobart’s grandfather? The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck: Magic & Mayhem follows Hobart and his friends, Specks Spacklethack and Rosie Rumpleskirt, as they try to solve this mystery and free Hobart’s grandfather from the Tower of Tribulation on Mumblemonk Mountain. The trio’s investigation into the mysterious happenings on Druid Lane gets them into hot water more than once and ultimately brings them dangerously close to disaster not only for themselves, but the entire village of Pennywhistle.
Since I had previously read and reviewed The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck: Magic & Mayhem, I had the pleasure of interviewing the author, Stan Swanson. Enjoy!
Thank you for your interview. Can you tell readers a little about yourself?
My name is Stan Swanson and I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. My first poem appeared in the local paper when I was about nine years old. I have written 8 or 9 books including fiction and nonfiction and covered every age group from picture books to novels and short stories aimed specifically at adults. I am also a singer/songwriter and split my time between the two “occupations.”
In your own words, can you tell us a little bit about your book?
While The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck falls basically into the middle grade fantasy category, it is also an adventure book as well as a mystery. There is also a great chunk of humor thrown in. I think humor is very important not only in writing, but in everyday life as well.
**There is definitely an adventure going on in Pennywhistle, and the characters are humorous!
Where did you get the idea to write about Hobart and the happenings in Pennywhistle?
I never have a problem coming up with ideas for books. I have pieces of paper, notebooks and computer files with hundreds of ideas for stories and books. The biggest problem is that I always want to start on the newest idea that pops into my head. Sometimes it’s hard to keep myself from dropping a novel that is half-finished and starting something new.
Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite character?
I love creating characters and it is important to me that they are believable. If I am writing a book for middle graders (like The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck), I want each character to feel like a real person to the reader. Although I am partial to Hobart as he is my main character, I like all of my characters – even if they are “bad guys.” 🙂
What makes your book different from other books within the same genre?
Probably my use of humor. Humor is important no matter what age a reader might be. I’m not sure that makes it different from other books in the genre, but I feel my use of humor is genuine and that readers will find the humor in my writing believable as well as enjoyable.
Where do you like to write?
I have no favorite place to write and can write pretty much anywhere. I also don’t write at any particular time of day. I know many authors have their favorite writing desk and write in the early morning or late at night. It doesn’t matter to me. You just have to sit down and write. I don’t really believe in writer’s block. Writing is work just like any job. It’s just a matter of sitting down and doing it.
Middle grade books aren’t your typical genre to write. What brought about the change?
I don’t think there was ever a change from writing for one particular age group to another. I’ve written picture books, middle grade books, young adult books and books for adults including nonfiction. But I enjoy the middle grade and young adult genres the most.
What is your favorite part of being a writer?
The beginning and the end of the writing process are my favorite times. I love it when that fresh idea hits me and I get to roll it around there inside my brain as it takes form. It is a very enjoyable process. Of course, I also enjoy that moment when I get that first printed copy of a finished book in my hand from the publisher. It lets me know that all that time and effort was worth it.
What do you want readers to take away from your book?
Although The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck has many small “messages” a reader can come away with (bullying is just one of those), I really just want a reader to turn that last page and say “I really enjoyed reading that. I wish I wasn’t finished.” Of course, that’s why there are more Hobart Hucklebuck books in the works. LOL.
Do you have any other books in the works? Will Hobart and his friends develop into a series of books?
The second book in the series is already with the printer and I’m hoping for a 2015 release. The third book is also in the works with ideas for several more. I am also working on two young adult steampunk novels as well as an adult “end-of-the-world” novel I am writing with Bram Stoker award-winning author Joe McKinney.
*****About the Author*****
Stan Swanson is a Bram Stoker award finalist and author of eight books including Horror High School: Return of the Loving Dead (the first book in a young adult horror series co-written with Araminta Star Matthews), Wind Up Hearts (a romance novella with a hint of steampunk), Forever Zombie (a collection of short stories), Write of the Living Dead (a highly-praised writing guide written with Araminta Star Matthews and Rachel Lee) and Return of the Scream Queen (co-authored with Michael McCarty and Linnea Quigley). He is also editor/publisher for Dark Moon Books and Dark Moon Digest. Upcoming titles include Dead Sparrows (a collection of apocalyptic poetry), The Methlands (a horror novel co-written with award-winning author Joe McKinney) and The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck: Pandemonium in Pennywhistle.