Thursday, April 7, 2011

Interview with Author Brandon Mull & a Giveaway

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down and ask Brandon Mull a few questions about his newest release, Beyonders, A World Without Heros. I've heard a lot of wonderful buzz about his new series and I'm really looking forward to reading Beyonders and sharing my review here on Mundie Kids.

In three words how would you describe Beyonders, A World Without Heros?
Broken, Hero, Rising

What inspired your story?
Brandon said that he wanted to have a Narnia type story, but the inspiration came from the Hippo exhibit at the Hogle Zoo in Utah. Looking at the Hippo with his mouth wide open he thought "you can fit a dude in there" and that inspired his unusual, unique gateway for Beyonders.

Who inspired your character, Jason?
My cousin Jason, who's a baseball pitcher inspired my character. He's a good hearted guy, who has a lot going for him.

How many books will be in your series?
Three books and book 2 will be more from Rachel's point of view and book 3 will be a mix of both Jason and Rachel's point of views.

Who inspired you as an author?
* Narnia inspired me to read
* Lord of the Rings sealed the deal
* JK Rowling showed me what category to write in.

What motivates you to keep writing and do you outline?
I have more stories in my mind than I can tell. I feel my best stuff is yet to be written. I cook my stories long before I write them. I discover my stories through day dreaming, once I have them thought out I then write the draft.

Who are your favorite authors?
For High School-Orson Scott Card books
For Middle Grade- Narnia

What books would you recommend to our readers?
For Middle Graders- Holes
for High Schoolers- Enders Game


Thank you so much to Brandon and Simon & Schuster for this wonderful interview! If you have the chance to, I highly recommend stopping by one of Brandon's tour stops to meet him. You can find out his stops here.

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