Today, author of teen novels Philip Coleman has stopped by my blog to answer some questions and talk about his young adult mystery novel, The Master’s Book. Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Philip’s e-book. Philip, tell us about your debut novel.
Some people have described it as “Da Vinci Code” for younger readers. Although I’m not especially a Dan Brown fan, I do like the way that his Robert Langdon novels reach into the past. My story concerns Sean, newly arrived in Brussels from Ireland, who finds out that a murder was committed in his new home. He and Stephanie, a classmate of English and Congolese parents, then stumble on a precious medieval illuminated manuscript. An attempted kidnapping and a theft follow, prompting Sean and Stephanie to try to piece together where the manuscript came from and who wants it so badly.
Wow! That sounds like a good read. I’ve read most of Dan Brown’s novels and like a good mystery with a historical twist. Tell us how it is you came about that you became an author. What was your journey?
I wrote a little in my teens and always dreamed of returning to it. When my daughter persuaded me to read the trilogy His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman, which proved to be my inspiration. My first two attempts were fantasy and anyone who has read the trilogy won’t be surprised that the lead characters were feisty girls (as is Stephanie in The Master’s Book). I had a couple of near misses with my second attempt but when it was time to move on, I decided to revisit the time I’d lived in Brussels with my children for material (though they are not like Sean and his sister). Despite its reputation as the capital of faceless EU bureaucracy, Brussels (and even more so the nearby towns of Bruges and Ghent) have deep roots going back to the Middle Ages, so there’s plenty to draw on.
I agree, there is nothing like an old city to get the creative juices flowing. Every time I go on vacation and see something new, I come back with several new story ideas. What do you think is the most important thing a newly published author can do to promote his/her book?
I’m still learning that myself so I should be taking advice, not giving it! I am using blogs like this, I’ve posted my book on Goodreads and I’ve just launched my new website.
Marketing a book seems to be a full time job in and of itself. I’ve visited your website and it looks great. So what’s in the future? Are you working on anything right now?
I’m almost finished a very rough first draft of a sequel to The Master’s Book. It concerns a different aspect of Belgium’s past; namely, the African colonial connection, specifically Rwanda (there is very little about Belgium’s colonial history that is pretty, unfortunately).
I’m not sure colonial history for any nation is all that pleasant, but conflict keeps the pages turning, so I expect it will be a good read. Now tell us where we can find your book. And while you’re at it, your website, and FB page.
You can get it on Amazon, at http://www.amazon.com/The-Masters-Book-ebook/dp/B00BTKF2BM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374224959&sr=8-1&keywords=the+master%27s+book+by+philip+coleman or whatever other Amazon site your Kindle subscribes to. Nook readers can get it from Barnes and Noble. However, the best deal is from the publisher’s own website: http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=608&category_id=53&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1
Philip, it’s been just awesome talking to you. I love mystery novels and yours caught my attention straight away. Keep on writing! Readers, don’t forget to leave a comment to win a e-copy of The Master’s Book.
Thank you. It’s been a pleasure.