I’m interviewing Bruce Edwards today. Bruce is the author of YA contemporary “The Age of Amy: The Thumper Amendment”. Welcome to my blog, Bruce, and thanks for responding to my questions.
How long have you been writing?
I wish I could say I was one of those prodigies that picked up a pen at the age of five and never put it down, but I’m not that person. My first book was published only a few years ago. But writing isn’t just a craft. Ideas just don’t fall from the sky; you have to experience them. In a way, I’ve been a writer my whole life. I’m only now putting my thoughts into words.
Is The Age of Amy: The Thumper Amendment your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.
My first book was The Age of Amy: Bonehead Bootcamp — the first in The Age of Amy series for young adults. In the story, 16-year-old Amy butts heads once too often with her parents and is sent to a boot camp for troubled teens. But Bonehead Bootcamp is no ordinary retreat for misfit teenagers. Amy finds that she has entered a frightening fantasy world, where mutant farm animals manipulate time and space. How will she ever survive it?
Why did you choose middle grade as the genre for your book?
Stories that examine current issues are in short supply, in young adult literature these days. I wanted to explore relevant topics in a fun and thought-provoking way. The world today’s teens will soon inherit is a beastly one. And let’s be honest: we “responsible adults” are not exactly setting the best example. I don’t consider this an issue-oriented book, however. It’s more like an excursion through the absurdities in human behavior. And what better way to do that than through fantasy?
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Don’t scrutinize the book publishing industry too closely. The number of books published each week is staggering (something like 2000!). Brooding over this fact will surely put you off writing, so don’t go there! Stay true to your vision and persevere. Writing a book is a hard road to go down, but it’s the most gratifying journey you’ll ever take.
Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
The Age of Amy: Channel ‘63 — book #3 in the series — will be released this Fall. You can read all about it and watch the trailer HERE.
About the Book
Author: Bruce Edwards
Genre: YA Contemporary
Congress has lowered the voting age to 14! Not one to refuse political involvement, 16-year-old Amy patriotically joins a campaign to elect the next President of the United States. Her real reason for participating, however, is much more personal: the opposing candidate’s son bullied her when she was a 3rd grader. Thwarting his father’s bid for the presidency would be the perfect way to get even with him!
Campaign reform laws now require presidential contenders to face off on a TV reality show. The “race” for the White House has become just that! Absurd challenges await the candidates as they speed cross-country toward Washington. But the campaign trail turns bumpy, when their buses take an unexpected detour into fantasy world! There they are confronted by half-human creatures, haunted by dead presidents, and rocketed into an economic dystopia of the future—all while being viewed by a worldwide television audience.
Amy is on board for the journey, as her grade school nemesis rides on the competition’s campaign bus. But along the way she develops second thoughts about avenging the boy. Her brutal offender has changed in the last seven years, becoming thoughtful and compassionate. (And cute!) Amy’s contempt for him surprisingly turns to affection. Is she falling in love?
Award-winning author Bruce Edwards is a former Hollywood film animator, and brings the whimsy of a character artist to his stories. A music major in college, he is also an accomplished musician and composer. His other creative endeavors include a stint as a puppeteer and performing magic at Disneyland. Bruce’s thought-provoking books for young adults are never short on fun, fantasy, and imagination.