I’m interviewing Bruce Edwards today. He is the author of YA contemporary: “The Age of Amy: The Thumper Amendment”. Enjoy the interview!
Please tell us about yourself.
I grew up in the suburbs of San Francisco, and caught the creative bug at a very early age. Jazz and old-school Disney were major influences in deciding what I wanted to do. I followed my creative spirit, becoming a professional musician, composer, and magician, among other things. Most recently I made my living as a feature film animator for many of the big Hollywood studios. Now I write young-adult fiction, which has proven to be the most rewarding endeavor I have ever pursued.
Tell us about your book.
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!
What inspired you to write The Age of Amy: The Thumper Amendment?
The central theme of this book is “meanness”. Cruelty in words and action is so prevalent today that it is now considered acceptable behavior. (Turn on the TV!) The plot centers around a contentious presidential campaign, where mud-slinging, attack ads, and character assassination are the norm. You can count on seeing this childlike behavior every election year. Try watching the upcoming debates if you don’t believe me.
How many hours do you write per week?
As many as I can squeeze in. The unfortunate part of getting published — and one overlooked by most aspiring authors — is that promoting your book takes a huge chunk out of your schedule. It’s been said that to succeed as an author, expect to spend only about a third of your time writing. The other two thirds will be used up peddling your product.
If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Ray Bradbury, for being the master of the metaphor. (Actually, I did meet him!) Mark Twain, for showing us the absurdities in human nature. Kurt Vonnegut, for finding truth through outrageousness.
What are you working on at the moment?
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.