I can’t tell you how excited I am to introduce you to Bart Hamilton. I met Bart at the Athens Catfish Literary Festival this past summer. His book covers looked pretty stinking awesome (yes, I judge books by their covers) so I had to walk over and check them out. I was glad I did because not only did I find some really well written YA books, I made a new author friend! It doesn’t hurt that Bart is one of the nicest people on the planet.
Bart’s books, the Lords of Vengeance series, are action/adventure tales for young adults, but they’re those types of books that even adults can enjoy. Personally, I like books that focus on teens who are thrown into dire circumstances and, as the reader, we get to watch how they handle it.
A. When you realize you wanted to be an author?
B. I used to tell stories as a kid. My mom, sister, and I would drive to Decatur every Monday to see my Ma-maw and Pap-Paw and I would be just talking away the whole time. Eventually, my mother was like “You know, you should write this stuff down on paper.” It was a nice way of telling me to shut up. That’s when the seed was planted, I suppose.
A. In what genre do you write?
B. Young adult. Action/Adventure
A. Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?
B. I’ve always wanted to try Fantasy or Science Fiction. Maybe one day I will.
A. What is your writing process? Such as outlining, freehand, and computer vs. pen?
B. I don’t do outlines. I feel really restricted when I try them. I like to change plans and if you don’t stick to the outline then there’s no point in having it anyway. I do everything on the computer.
A. Who are your writing inspirations, famous or not?
B. I grew up reading Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, and other Christian Fiction authors.
A. How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novels?
B. A little bit. You always need to get your facts straight before you put it on a page. For instance, I researched the effects of a gunshot on the human body. For this next book, I’m going to be writing a scene about the Stock Exchange so I’m going to do some research on that.
A. Do you ever find the research tedious? It is for your novels, but is there any time you’re like, “Oh gosh, why did I chose this topic?”
B. Some topics are harder to research than others. For instance, one character in my next novel will have cancer resulting from radiation poisoning. That…is going to be a pain to research. So, the answer is yes.
A. Do you listen to music as you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?
B. Yes! All the time! I listen to a lot of instrumental music. Movie composers like Hans Zimmer and John Williams. Lindsey Stirling. I also love a group call Two Steps from Hell.
A. When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?
B. I enjoy playing video games, reading books, and going running. I’m also into Theater. I’m a member of the Athenian Players.
A. You have to tell us more about being an actor. What is about theater that draws you?
B. I’m a bit of introvert and theater gives me a chance to be the exact opposite. When you’re onstage, everyone is there to see you. Shyness melts away and someone else comes out. It’s fun.
A. What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?
B. I’ve been on TV multiple times. That never gets old.
A. Who created your amazing cover art?
B. The spectacular Lisa Buijteweg! She is on Twitter under the handle @Zolaiida if you want to contact her.
A. Is there an artist, book blogger, editor or anyone else that you want to give a shout out to?
B. Angie Paule is my editor and I love her so much. I wouldn’t be able to do this without her.
A. Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.
B. My newest novel is the third of the series. It’s titled “Lords of Vengeance: The Giant”. To use Stephen King’s what if advice when describing a novel…What if a secret, wealthy organization began training kids (prodigies) at 16 years of age for the next five years to be spies, assassins, computer hackers, or scientists? What if that organization came under attack by people it had made into enemies?
A. That’s a really good blurb for your book! Are they easy to write for you? Some authors dread having to condense their novel into a single paragraph.
B. Not hard, really. You just need to stop and think about it for a while. Try doing it for your favorite TV show or Movie for practice.
A. This is a Halloween blog post so you must tell us, do you enjoy Halloween? Why or why not?
B. –I do like Halloween! It’s the one time of the year where it’s socially acceptable to be someone other than yourself.
A. Do you have any Halloween traditions?
B. For the past few years. I’ve dressed up in a costume, got several bags of candy, and gave it out to people I know. And to a few I don’t.
A. Do you believe in the spiritual realm?
B. Yes, I do. I am a Christian, after all.
A. Have you ever had an encounter with a ghost or something happen that you just can’t explain?
B. I have. After my grandmother passed away, I “dreamed” she came to me. We talked. She told me she loved me and then told me about some personal things that were headed my way. They have come true. It wasn’t scary. I think God gave her special permission to do it. She could sweet talk anyone. LOL.
A. What is your favorite scary movie and/or book?
B. Amanda Porter’s Darkness Trilogy. That chick can write!
A. Oh, stop it! 😉
A. Most importantly, what is your favorite Halloween candy?
B. KIT KATS!
A. What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?
B. J.K. Rowling, obviously.
A. Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?
B. Star Wars: Episode III. It was just so brilliantly written. The movie didn’t do it justice. It really inspired me to examine the duality of my characters when I started writing. The darkness that resides in all humans, the capability of doing good or evil, is something that makes for good characterization.
A. Oooo! You must tell us your opinion of the new Star Wars era. Did you enjoy the new movie?
B. I loved the new movie! Took me back to my childhood. I like the new continuity, but I really miss the characters in the old one. Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin were Han and Leia’s kids. Mara Jade was Luke’s wife and Ben was his son. Now it’s all gone…
A. What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?
B. I’m all for books being made into films if it gets people to want to read more. As for which book I’d like to see be made into a film…MINE. 😀
A. As a reader, what about a book turns you away?
B. The lack of plot movement and character development. You might as well be reading a textbook if it doesn’t have either of those. Not that there’s anything wrong with reading a textbook.
A. If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?
B. I wish I could say that I always finish it, but I don’t. If I’m not enjoying it, I’ll put it down.
A. Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?
B. I read around. I like Mysteries, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Christian Fiction.
A. Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?
B. I like it in my hands. E-books are easier, true, but they’re odorless. I love the smell of books, old and new. Smell triggers memory and I want to remember what I read.
A. There is nothing better than that new book smell!
A. Favorite movie?
B. Superman. The Richard Donner film.
A. Favorite TV show?
B. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
A. Yes! Buffy Summers is my girl crush!
A. If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?
B. Papa John’s Pizza!
A. And what topping(s) would be on this pizza?
B. Supreme! Olives, pepperoni, sausage, and anything else they can throw on there. LOL!
A. What’s your favorite candy/dessert?
B. Chocolate Oreo Truffles!
A. What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.
Two Steps from Hell, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Lindsey Stirling, and The Piano Guys.
A. What’s your hidden talent?
B. Martial Arts
A. How long have you been training?
B. Since high school. I’m not saying I’m Batman or anything, but then again, you’ll never see us both in the same place.
A. What is your dream vacation?
B. Venice, Italy
Author Name: Bart H. Hamilton