Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Meeting Katie Hines' character Drew from Guardian

Imagine you have made a secret promise that can lead you to an incredible treasure and an ancient power. But in order to fulfill that promise, you must defeat an age-old sect determined to claim the treasure and power themselves.

“This is a story about a real-life treasure story. It is about a boy who struggles with guilt and a personal destiny, and it is a story about family, love and making commitments beyond yourself. The cast is replete with four teens, a professorial grandfather, a wacky grandmother and a mysterious knight, whose very life is dedicated to ensuring the safety of not just one, but two treasures.”

Today, we meet Katie Hines' character, Drew. The young man who makes a promise to his dying mother.

Guardian is Katie's first published novel. It is due to be released very soon (a little birdie told me it might be a nice little Christmas present for Katie). I had the chance to catch up with Drew, the main character in Katie's novel and ask him a few questions. So without further ado, let's get some info from Drew about the debuting book, which happens to be about him and his fight with evil.

Mrs. E: First, let's meet Drew. Tell us a little bit about yourself (age, what you look like, where you live, and anything you might thing the readers would like to know about you).
Drew: Hey, my name is Drew and I’m 14 years old. I have longish blond hair, and green eyes that the girls tell me are to die for. It’s kinda embarrassing, you know? Right now, I live in Maine, but I’ll be visiting my Grandpa Ian and Grandma Linzi in Nova Scotia, Canada, soon.

Mrs. E: How fun, heading to Canada. You know I've visited quite a few places but I've never been to Canada. It's funny that my grandparents lived in Maine all their lives and I visited them several times but never made it to Canada. You sound excited to go.

Mrs. E: Drew, when we look at your picture, we see a young man who looks angry. What, in your opinion, is the first impression people get when they first meet you?
Drew: Of course, my picture looks like that, but I didn’t have a choice as to which picture was used. Actually, the first impression is that of a guy who has a secret, because after all that’s what my story is about.

Mrs. E: Who are your best friends? How long have you been friends and what does it take to be a best friend for you?
Drew: My very best friends are Javon Manson and Mattie Royze. I’ve known them like forever. Even though they argue a lot, they’re pretty good about rallying around me during my adventures. A sense of humor always helps, too.

Mrs. E: Do you have any enemies?
Drew: I do! You wouldn’t think that at the age of 14 that would be the case, but it is. The very worst enemies are the Brotherhood of the Holy Chalice.

Mrs. E: What is the most traumatic thing that has happened to you?
Drew: Being with my mom when she died of anaphalytic shock.

Mrs. E: That must have been very terrible. But you are here now and that is a good thing.

Mrs. E: What is the best thing that has happened in your life?
Drew: Ending my adventure that my book tells about all in one piece.

Mrs. E: What is one wish you have for readers?
Drew: That they have a good time with us as we end up in Nova Scotia on Oak Island.

Mrs. E: Is Ms. Katie difficult or easy to work with?
Drew: I’ve heard she uses commas a lot in writing my story. We’ve had a few arguments along the way but everything works out in the end.

And one final question for Ms. Katie:
Mrs. E: Katie, do you have any last minute thoughts on your book, your characters, the inspiration for your book, that you would like readers to know?
Ms. Katie: I am of course, thrilled to have my book almost out. I hope that everyone who reads it will be entertained and feel like they’ve gone on a great journey. There were times when my characters wanted to go in a different direction than I wanted them to go, but we worked it out in the end.

Guardian can be ordered from 4RV Publishing LLC or any oneline store or bookstore.

Check out Katie Hines' blog or her website for more writing tips and interviews with some up and coming authors.


Katie Hines said...

Thanks, Elysabeth, for hosting me on your blog today. I'll be in and out all day long, and look forward to hearing what your readers have to say!

Nancy Famolari said...

Love your character. Drew reminds me of several 14 year-olds I've known, even one in my family!

Katie Hines said...

Thanks, Elysabeth, for hosting me on your blog today. I'm excited to have readers get to know my point of view character, Drew, a little better.

kathy stemke said...

Nice to meet you Drew. You are a brave young man. Congrats for becomining the main character in Katie Hine's book, Guardian.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

What a fun interview and a great way to learn more about the character, Drew, and Katie's book.

Lea Schizas - Author/Editor said...

Hello, Drew, it was nice to meet you. We've heard tons from your creator but to actually read your thoughts was interesting.

Katie, Drew sounds as though he's got a good head on his shoulders. Can't wait to read his story.

DarcĂ­a Helle said...

Katie, I love your book cover! And the interview with Drew was great!

Tara McClendon said...

I love this interview style, and boy does Drew have a great voice! Thanks.

Vivian Zabel said...

Guardian will also be available through any brick and mortar bookstore.

This will be a great book for youngsters of all ages, even 90-year-old youngsters.

Anonymous said...

This was a unique way to present an interview and made it fun to read. Thanks for the post and best wishes for your success.

Stephen Tremp

Katie Hines said...

Vivian, I am really looking forward to my book's release.

Katie Hines said...

Kathy & Jane - thanks for your comments!

Katie Hines said...

Lea, I'm looking forward to "everyone" to have the chance to read my book! I'm so excited that it is in its final days before publication.

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Great interview and what a great character!

Katie, your book sounds intriguing. I think my 9 year old great nephew will love it.

Great post, Elysabeth!


Katie Hines said...

Thanks, Karen. I certainly hope to get a wide variety of readers, emphasis on middle grade I think.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

It was great meeting you, Drew. I'll see you in Nova Scotia.

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