Author Interview with Atticus Krum

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I’m interviewing Atticus Krum, author of middle grade novel “The Taming”. Welcome to my blog, Atticus!

Author Interview

1) Please tell us about yourself.

I have been writing since I was a child. However, I never planned on becoming a writer. It all came about when my friend, Friar Cig Tuck, read this story and decided to publish it.

 

2) Tell us about your book.

The tale of young Thutter McClutter, a least shrew, and his three unique friends is, for the most part, about friendship and faith. Throughout the story, Thutter struggles with making decisions and doing the right thing. He comes to learn that actions have consequences, and not for himself alone but for those around him as well. He also learns that virtues such as loyalty and self-sacrifice are most valuable and are to be cherished, while disobedience and disregard for others must be avoided as self-centeredness can be a very dangerous thing. In the end, he finds that the only way to live out the former and avoid the latter is by faith. To live by faith, however, means to accept his role in a much grander scheme and to play out his part in the ancient conflict between Light and Darkness.

As for inspiration, I believe these are things which every one of us, no matter our age or background, struggle with on a daily basis. Hopefully, to write about them is to help the reader consider these things and their implications in his or her own life.

 

3) What inspired you to write The Taming?

As for inspiration, I believe these are things which every one of us, no matter our age or background, struggle with on a daily basis. Hopefully, to write about them is to help the reader consider these things and their implications in his or her own life.

 

4) How many hours do you write per week?

I’m not really sure how many hours I write a week. I try to write a several hours a day, especially when I am working on a specific project. I like to write very early in the morning, before everyone else is up.


5) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?

I would absolutely love to meet George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Each of these authors has heavily influenced me as a writer. I have tremendous admiration and respect for each one of them as writers and as men.

6) What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently writing books 2 and 3 of the Refuge Chronicles. However, I am also working on the follow up series to this trilogy, The Last Storykeeper Saga. It is a series of tales which tell of a young boy’s experiences with the very same magic key that is the object of Thutter’s pursuits in the Chronicles.

The Taming

tamingcoverJPGLargeTitle: The Taming

Author: Atticus Krum

Genre: Middle Grade

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.

 

Author Bio

Krum2Atticus  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.

Links

Publisher:   www.huntlyhouse.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

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