I’m interviewing Atticus Krum, author of middle grade novel “The Taming”. Welcome to my blog, Atticus!
1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Oh that’s easy. The hardest part of being an author is the time spent waiting, especially throughout the writing and pre-publishing process. You can hardly wait for others to meet and develop a relationship with the characters that you have already come to know so well.
2) Can you give us a short synopsis of The Taming?
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.
3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?
Yes, the book is a part of a trilogy, The Refuge Chronicles. The Chronicles will ultimately serve as a sort of prequel to another series, The Last Storykeeper Saga. Central to both tales is a magic key which immediately affects the destiny of both protagonists.
4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I spend anywhere from 2 to 5 hours a day writing, when I am working on specific project.
5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?
Well, it all depends on how far we narrow down the genre of my book. If we are speaking on broader terms of children’s fantasy, then without question my favorite tale is C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia (the entire series). If we are talking strictly animal fantasy, then I would have to say Richard Adams’ Watership Down.
6) What are you working on now?
I am currently writing books 2 and 3 of the Refuge Chronicles. I am also working on the follow up series to this trilogy, The Last Storykeeper Saga, a series of tales which tell of a young boy’s experiences with the very same magic key that will become the object of Thutter’s pursuits in the Chronicles.
Author: Atticus Krum
Genre: Middle Grade
A forbidden journey. A secret agenda. A mysterious object.
When Thutter McClutter, a young Glade-dwelling shrew, willingly decides to break the ancient Code and cross into the shadowy darkness of the great Woode, he is certain that seeing the mysterious Solkreat is the goal. But as he and his friends near the curious Creature, an altogether different agenda is exposed. One of his fellow adventurers wants the magic hogseye. However, the powerful and wicked Beastmonger also covets the enchanted object, and he will stop at nothing to get it—not even murder.
A story of true friendship, lasting faith, and willing sacrifice, The Taming is the first installment of the Refuge Chronicles—an adventurous trilogy about a young shrew, his newly-discovered purpose, and 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