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.
The book is aimed at ages 8-12 but as an adult I found it wildly entertaining and a load of fun!
The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck
The Misadventures Of Hobart Hucklebuck is a middle grade or children’s book, correct? What inspired you to write middle grade?
I have been writing for years and always jumping between genres. But I have always loved reading (and writing) fantasy and science fiction more than anything else. I wrote one fantasy book before I wrote Hobart and was halfway through the writing process when I realized that I was not writing a novel aimed at an adult audience. So I guess I wasn’t really inspired to write for middle graders. It just sort of happened and I was happy to embrace it.
What inspired you to write The Misadventures Of Hobart Hucklebuck?
Once I had finished my first middle grade novel (Dragontooth), I realized I wanted to come up with an idea and the ideal characters to do a middle grade fantasy series. I started writing the first book and was nearly finished when Harry Potter appeared out of nowhere. I held off reading the Potter books until I had finished writing Hobart. I was real disappointed with some of the similarities and quickly put Hobart on the closet shelf. A few years later my wife read the manuscript for the first time and believed I had something special and should just ignore the Harry Potter books completely. And now, even though there are some comparisons, most readers feel I have created my own world. In fact, the second book is with the publisher and I’m already working on book number three.
If you had to pick a theme song for The Misadventures Of Hobart Hucklebuck, what would it be?
Well, that’s an easy question as I am also a singer/songwriter and am currently writing a song about Hobart that I can use in school presentations. Once it is finished I will post it on the Hobart Hucklebuck website and share it with Hobart fans.
What was your favorite part about writing The Misadventures Of Hobart Hucklebuck?
I love the idea that it will be a series and that I can continue writing with the characters I’ve created. Although this is a fantasy/adventure/mystery series, it is the characters and humor that really drive it. Sometimes they do and say things that even surprise me. And that’s the “real” magic.
Do you have a favorite scene or chapter in the book?
Well, I love all the scenes where the characters get themselves into predicaments. And, luckily for readers, they do that quite often. I also really like the last chapter of the book where everything is wrapped up. It’s a very special moment between Hobart and his grandfather.
Do you have a favorite character to write?
Well, Hobart, of course, as he is the main character. But I also like creating the other characters as well. They are all unique and fun to write as there are so many different personalities. And it is also fun creating the bad guys that Hobart, Rosie and Specks must overcome.
Do you read a lot, if so what was the most recent book you read that you absolutely loved?
I don’t read near as much as I use to as I am either writing or playing music. But I did finish The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and loved it. I was so used to seeing him as a comic book guy (The Sandman, etc.) that I never read any of his novels. The Graveyard Book is absolutely amazing. I also love anything by Roald Dahl.
And finally, what three words would you use to describe The Misadventures Of Hobart Hucklebuck?
Magic, humor and adventure.
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.
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