Tuesday, December 20, 2016

BOOK TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Brandon Gray for "The Soulstealer's Child"

Can a human heart overcome a demon soul?

When soul-eating demons overrun his world, Kaelis, a young seraph warrior, uses the Queen’s ring to open a portal in space and flee with the infant heir to the throne, landing on earth. Unbeknownst to him, the demon leader, Nsark, follows through the portal, determined to devour the soul of every last seraph, especially the Queen’s heir. After Kaelis hides the baby, Nsark creates the ultimate weapon by fathering a half-human, half-demon: a soul-stealer’s child. 

Sixteen years later, an awkward teen named James struggles to fit in with his peers. In a last-ditch effort, he joins the school play, where he meets Lucy. Something deep draws them together, and their friendship reveals their hidden pasts: one is an angel, one is half-demon. Lucy and James find themselves pulled into an age-old war between their peoples. Hunted by relentless enemies, and grappling with deep-seated instincts and strange new powers, they must fight for their lives, their souls, and each other.

Brandon Gray is the pen name of Braden Bell (Brandon writes YA fiction; Braden writes for middle grades). Braden holds a Ph.D. from New York University. He and his family live on a quiet, wooded lot in Tennessee, where he teaches middle school theatre and music. An experienced performer, Braden enjoys reading, gardening, and long summer afternoons writing in his hammock. His most notable skill is being able to eat a full rack of BBQ ribs with one hand on long drives.

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1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?

There were two things that sparked this book. Years and years ago, I was at a school retreat. A colleague and I were chaperoning a group of students and had several hours to talk. She was telling me about growing up in Nashville in late fifties, about the morels and social expectations for the young men she dated. Listening to her made me think about the possibility of writing a male character who was very old school. 

One Christmas morning, we were visiting my in-laws in Spring, Texas, just outside of Houston. I was out jogging and the world seemed to be empty expect at one house. Two little girls were outside playing in their yard, behind a fence. At that moment, a police car rushed by. I started thinking about a story that involved police and two little girls and Christmas day, and everything sort of fell into place.  

2) Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

Not really any hidden themes. I was one of those kids in high school English that hated to have to find deeper meaning. There are definitely themes, but I think they are probably pretty obvious and my hope is that they simply grow out of a fun story. 

3) Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

I was a difficult, prickly teenager, not terribly easy to live with. I did theatre and was a little old-school. So, I suppose James is based on myself to some degree.  

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

Probably Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Charles Dickens, and Brandon Sanderson, simply because they are the authors I think I most enjoy reading.  

5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why? 

Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, and Hercule Poirot. We'd play Scrabble because it would give me a chance to enjoy some time with them. I'd serve cold fowl, hot cocoa and a sirope for Poirot. 

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