It’s finally here!
Welcome to the Scavenger Hunt!
31 Authors, 31 Books and a chance to win an iPad mini!
* * * * Scavenger Hunt Prizes are open to US addresses only. * * * *
But I’ll be doing a little giveaway of my own and
that one is open internationally, so be sure to scroll down to enter!
I am super excited to be apart of the Scavenger Hunt and to give y’all the opportunity to win such an awesome prize package. If you are just now joining us, I recommend starting at the beginning to make sure you collect all of the clues and in the proper order.
Here today, I have Matt Mikalatos, the author of The Sword of Six Worlds, My Imaginary Jesus, and Night of the Living Dead Christian. So without further ado, please welcome him!
Every Christmas I write my kids a book. My first two novels, My Imaginary Jesus and Night of the Living Dead Christian, weren’t really for kids. They’re funny, but they have lots of theology and real-world situations that aren’t for small children. So my daughters eventually came to me and said, “If we have to wait for years to read the books you write, why don’t you write a book for us?” This seemed like a fair question.
At the same time, I’d been trying to convince them to read C.S. Lewis (Narnia, of course) and they had the temerity to tell me that they didn’t particularly care for Narnia. It seemed a little boring to them. They wanted more action, more adventure and talking horses. I told them to wait, that they would eventually get to a book with talking horses. But then they told me they wanted a talking tiger and a rabbit and a girl like them from America to be the main character.
So, the first book I ever wrote for my kids was a fantasy novel called The Sword of Six Worlds. It’s the story of a girl named Validus and her best friend Alex, saving the world(s) from a creeping darkness called the Blight. There are, of course, talking animals involved. I printed a couple of vanity copies off in time for Christmas and tucked them under the tree and I have to admit that I was thrilled when they pulled those books out and immediately stuck their noses into the books. They loved it, of course, and then they hounded me forever about when it would be a “real book” so they could give copies to their friends. Finally, last year, it finally came out and they gave the published copies to their own friends, which was really fun.
Last year I wrote them a book that I haven’t shared around much, because I (still) need to do some editing before my agent can shop it around, but imagine “Harry Potter” meets “The Avengers” and you’ll be pretty close. I can’t mention what I’m working on now, since they’re going to get it in a few weeks! I know they’ll like it, though, and giving them something “homemade” that’s a reflection of my thoughts and ideas and desires for them is really fun. I hope you can use some of your skills, abilities and talents to give your own loved ones a gift this year, too! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I have.
So what did y’all think? Talking horses, tigers, and a creeping darkness called Blight? Sounds like an awesome adventure! Thanks for sharing Matt!
And thanks to y’all for stopping by! Here is my clue: your friends
To find the next clue, hop on over to Matt Mikalatos’ blog to continue on with the hunt!
But before you go….
In my little corner of cyberspace, I will be giving away a signed copy of Secrets Kept and its companion novella, the paperback compilation of the three short stories set in the world of Nälu.
Enjoy the scavenger hunt!