Sunday, January 29, 2012

Welcome, Max Anderson!

Meet Max!

Max, Is there a story behind your books?

The story is more about why they exist in the first place. That’s because I grew up as a struggling / reluctant reader. At the same time, my father was the author of over 70 books during his lifetime, some were children’s books, and I didn’t read any of them as a child. So the fact that I’m writing books today is amazing even to me. I do it in order to reach out to other readers 8 – 13 who may be struggling today because I understand what they face and my books can and do help.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

Over the space of about four years, I wrote 37 adventure and mystery manuscripts for kids. Several have been published, and three more are in production with two publishers now. I also write two regular columns and have a contract to write two short stories per month in 2012. This leaves little room to read because I’m often spending time proofing my work. Included in the mix is a major project I’ve written about humor. So this gives me very little time for outside reading just now.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?

The radio station I’d be on would include a little country, some jazz, and a lot of classical music.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
OR What is your strangest habit?

If we’re sticking with writing related, my ideas come while I’m in the shower, driving, or mowing the lawn. I use a mini recorder to get the story down. Those notes are typed and placed in a file which I don’t look at again until the first draft is finished. I also never read anything until the first draft is finished either.

I write as I go, so the story, and new characters, unfold as I go. I may know the beginning, middle, and end, but I have no idea what else will happen, or who will appear until those things show up.

I play mood appropriate music for the scene I’m writing, and always burn a candle while writing, but never any other time in the process. I only write scary scenes after dark, winter stories when it’s freezing outside, and summer stories when it’s hot out.

I’ve never started a book I didn’t finish, and won’t begin a chapter I can’t finish in that writing session.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?

I dislike confrontation, so I’ll avoid it when I can and put it off for as long as possible.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Thanksgiving. There are so many foods that we don’t eat at any other time of the year. My primary responsibility is to make the pumpkin and the pecan pies, but I get involved in a lot of the other food preparations, too.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
My life’s verse is 1st Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

There are three that are in the process of production now. Those are:
Terror at Wolf Lake – Due out the end of January
Eddy Thompson was known for one thing and one thing only. Eddy was a cheater. He cheated on anything , anytime, anywhere, until something happened at Wolf Lake. It wasn't the brutal cold. It wasn't when he fell through the ice. It wasn't when two scary men arrived at their remote cabin. What happened would change Eddy's life....forever.

Legend of the White Wolf – Due out on February 1st
One day, Brian Fisher discovered a white wolf pup caught in a trap and set it free. Since then, Brian was convinced that he and the wolf shared a special bond. Stung by the disbelief of his family and friends, Brian sets out to confirm that his fantastic story is true and ends up getting a lot more than he bargained for. He soon finds himself caught out in a snowstorm and attacked by a mountain lion. When a group of lawless hunters begins killing off the wolf population, Brian is caught right in the middle!

Take an eleven-year-old boy, a mysterious white wolf, a dangerous band of illegal hunters, and all the excitement of the rugged outdoors near Yellowstone National Park. Put it all together in a book and you have an adventure story even the most reluctant of readers will pick up and enjoy.

River Rampage – Due out in early 2012
This is book #3 in The Sam Cooper Adventure Series. The first two books in the series are Lost Island Smugglers and Captain Jack’s Treasure.

Find out more information about Max here:
Books for Boys Blog
Author Web Site

Max is giving away a copy of Terror at Wolf Lake. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Carole Brown


Joanne Sher said...

Please enter me :) Sounds good.

nylnestill said...

I luv ur work ! thanks fo the giveaway!

Marianne said...

Although i have no struggling readers in my family today, i remember how hard it was for my brother! So am glad there are more books out there for those that have trouble, and ones that are clean, not having to worry what they suggesting to the child. So thanks

Jennifer said...

It's very hard to find a good christian mysteries for teenage boys. Tons of books for girls but I have to hunt for my 13yr old. I'll definetly look for your name. Thank you for writing!

apple blossom said...

love to be included in this book giveaway thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Teela said...

I have 2 grandsons, one is an avid reader. Please enter me in this giveaway from Max!

Amy said...

These sound like a great bunch of books. I will be looking into them for my boys. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Amanda Stephan said...

I have a reluctant reader as well - but I think my son would love to read your books. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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