An Afterlife Academy–can this be possible?

Frank, how long have you been writing?  I have been writing for as long as I can remember. It has always been something I enjoy and when I’m not writing, I’m fairly difficult to deal with.
 
Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.  I was born in Lexington, Kentucky. I still consider it my home, despite having now lived in Utah for a really long time. Kentucky will always hold a special place in my heart.
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How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it? That’s a good question. I think if I really love the idea, it keeps me up at night, I can’t stop talking about it, then I know it should be written. That doesn’t necessarily mean it will be published, but that’s not always the end goal. Sometimes you just need to write your stories.
 
Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer? My wife, Heidi. She’s been extremely supportive, even when I’m sure she thought I was crazy for trying to write and publish my books. She lets me read to her at all hours of the night, when she’s washing dishes, or even when she’s in the middle of watching a movie, she usually drops everything to come listen to me.
 
That is so awesome… What is the name of your book? The Afterlife Academy
 
Tell us more about it. Perhaps a back cover blurb.  
Walter Prairie knows how to deal with bullies. He just has to beat them to the punch. But he doesn’t see the biggest hit of his life coming when he is struck dead by a bolt of lightning. Before Walter even knows what’s happened, he is sent to a Categorizing office, fast-tracked through the Afterlife Academy, and assigned as a Guardian Agent to protect a High-Level Target.
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Walter’s HLT, Charlie Dewdle, isn’t exactly the most popular kid in school. He’s what you might call paranormally obsessed. When Charlie finds an ancient book with spells that can be used to open the Gateway for demons to wreak havoc on earth, it’s up to him and Walter to fight an eclectic horde of enemies and protect humankind at all costs.

But saving the world isn’t so easy. Especially when your protector doesn’t know the first thing about the Underworld, bullies like Mo Horvath are trying to hunt you down, pretty and popular Melissa Bittner is suddenly talking to you, and your parents think you’re going crazy.
 
Is there a book trailer for your book? Not yet. Maybe one day. J
 
Do you have a favorite character, why? From my books, I really do love Walter Prairie in The Afterlife Academy. He’s just kind of a tough kid, who has a good heart. From other books, I love Hagrid. Probably for the same reasons. Tough and good heart. I wish I could write characters as real as that.
 
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives? I really hope my books will help kids develop a love of reading. I suppose that’s every author’s dream. Nothing satisfies me more than discovering that a reluctant reader read my book and couldn’t put it down.
 
Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry? Stick with it. A lot of publishing success has to do with timing. The Afterlife Academy took a few years to find a home and I had almost given up on it ever selling, despite how much I loved it. I actually moved on, started trying to sell other books, when someone finally read Afterlife and decided to take a chance on it.
 
What are your new years goals? I want to sell more books. I have several books that are sitting on my computer just itching to be read.
 
Where can we find your book?
Wherever books are sold! It releases September 8th and you’ll be able to find it at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Deseret Book, etc. I’m also having 2 book launches. The first is Thursday, September 10th at the Jordan Landing Barnes and Noble (starting @ 6:30) and the second is Tuesday, September 15th at the King’s English Book Shop (starting @ 7:00). You’re all invited!

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