I’m hosting an interview today for the book tour for middle grade novel “The Taming”. Author Atticus Krum was kind enough to answer my questions for this interview.
1) How long have you been writing?
I have been writing for many years, though none of my work has been published prior to this. I began writing and researching The Taming about ten years ago.
2) Is The Taming your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.
Yes, The Taming is my first book.
3) Why did you choose middle grade as the genre for your book?
Well, I didn’t exactly “choose” middle grade. You might say it chose me. Upon telling my publisher about the tale, he promptly told me that the story would be perfect for a middle grade audience.
4) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
I would say that you should only seek to publish if you feel like you can’t do anything else. In other words, you must be willing to commit all you have to writing. It’s rewards, but it is also very challenging.
5). Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
Yes, I am currently writing books 2 and 3 of the Refuge Chronicles, The Telling and The Taring. I am also working on the follow up series to this trilogy, the Last Storykeeper Saga.
Author: Atticus Krum
Genre: Middle Grade
When a mysterious Creature appears just beyond the Hollow bearing a shiny object, it is urgent news for those living within the Refuge, especially the Council of the Glade. However, for a young shrew named Thutter, and his three friends, it becomes the occasion for an ill-advised adventure. As it is, to leave the Glade is to break the ancient Code and to surrender the protection of the unseen Elders, Rulers of the Refuge.
All the same, the four critters begin their quest with a common goal: to see a real, live Solkreat up close. As they near the strange, two-legged Animal, however, one of the travelers reveals an altogether different agenda. He wants the magic hogseye, the “hero-maker” which dangles from the Creature’s neck. According to legend, young Thutter is the only one who can steal it for him.
But the tiny adventurer isn’t the only one coveting the enchanted object. The Beastmonger, a powerful and wicked slitherer, will stop at nothing to get it, even murder. Fortunately, the Elders know this, and they too have a plan for young Thutter.
For Their plan to succeed, however, the tiny shrew must believe in Them, learning to listen for Their Voice. Otherwise, in the face of great betrayal and tragic death, the tiny shrew will lose all hope. He will fail to protect his family and the Glade from grave danger. More so, he will fail to discover his all-important role in the ancient conflict between Light and Darkness.
Atticus never intended on becoming a writer; however, he eventually would come to realize that Magic’s stories were meant to be shared. He now spends most of his time putting pen to paper readying the tales he’s collected for publishing. Mr. Krum resides on a small farm in the Midwest with Albi, his albino ferret. He travels only when absolutely necessary. He does not care to be photographed and almost never smiles. What’s more, he dresses almost exclusively in black. He says that the latter is for simplicity sake, but those who know him are certain that he is just color blind. To learn more about Atticus, please visit his website: www.atticuskrum.com.
Author Website: www.atticuskrum.com
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgqmQ1PIrXdgNMyYSWGq6FQ
Buy the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Taming-Atticus-Krum/dp/0988534916