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Now without further ado, meet my featured author, Chris Baker. Chris is offering 10 copies of his book, Escape From The Village for all you lovely readers out there. Just enter the rafflecopter at the bottom of the page....
Chris Baker was born and raised in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and currently lives in Austin, Texas. He competed in math competitions and now works in information technology. While he is definitely an “auditory boy,” he has been published in Baseball America, Liberty, Moundsville Daily Echo, Columbus Alive, Austin Chronicle, Sports Collectors Digest, The Other Paper, and Ideas on Liberty. Escape from the Village is his first novel.
Why do you think Teen Read Week is important?
It is important for all people to be informed. Reading is one method by which people can stay informed. People who read more tend to be more informed.
How do you think we could encourage youngsters to read more?
Who is “we”? Best way to encourage youngsters to read more is to give them things they might like to read. This means giving them things that engage them.
I have absolutely no hope that schools will ever accomplish this. I don't have children yet. When I do have children, I will be unschooling them.
Schools are very destructive to reading. I still have a hatred for Hemingway's crap because it was “required reading.”
When you were a teenager what books did you like to read and did you have an all-time favourite character?
I often enjoyed reading books about successful people and history. I liked biographies.
Were you writing as a teenager? If so, what were you writing and what inspired you? Did a person inspire you to write?
I wrote some stories which parodied people in the news and current events. These included people like Ronald Reagan and the heads of the Soviet Union. I also wrote parodies about athletes and people in music.
Do you think today’s teens are in a better position if they want to be a writer than you were all those years ago (hee hee)?
I am so jealous of teens today because they have so much more available to them. They are exposed to more and definitely more grown up. It's also easier for them to connect with people who like what they like.
What advice would you give a youngster who enjoys writing?
Put it out there where everyone can see it on a web site or blog. Get out and connect with creative people. These can be writers, artists, musicians, or actors.
Take acting classes if you can find real professional acting coaches (NOT in school). Acting is just another way to experiment with your creativity. You can find a lot of power in acting and can connect with some really wonderful people. I owe a lot to the local acting community, and they have been totally supportive of my writing.
3. Your books
What is your latest book about?
My novel is called Escape from the Village. It is about a boy and a girl who are raised in a very protected environment, which also has no music or art. They sneak off to a “forbidden house” where they do music and art. They soon learn the reasons why “the village” doesn't allow these things. They also learn about other things from which they are “protected.”
Are you working on anything new at the moment?
I am going to start on my sequel to my Escape from the Village. I would also like to commission translations.
What do you love about being an author?
I can create a world in which I make all the rules. It is also a way to convey ideas.
There is no music or art in the village where a pre-adolescent boy and girl live. They go to a mysterious house where they make music and art, while other citizens can not go there. Their creativity separates them from their peers in many ways. They will soon discover that there is much more being kept from them.
Amazon US link http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FPGO31G
Amazon UK link http://www.amazon.co.uk/Escape-from-the-Village-ebook/dp/B00FPGO31G/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1381248515&sr=8-5&keywords=Escape+from+the+Village
Now here's your opportunity to win your very own copy of Escape From the Village.