It’s time to play Book Trivia! Periodically, we scour the Internet for interesting authors who would like to play Book Trivia with us. By answering our book trivia questions, we get to learn things about the author no one else knows! So, let’s get ready…let’s play…
Today our guest author is Bruce Skye, author of the suspense fantasy novel Grayrider.
A former technical writer, detail is important to Bruce Skye. His research for the Deathsong Chronicles included medieval armor and fortresses, as well as Celtic names and magic. “If you create a world, it must be consistent. And that’s what I strive for Grayrider’s world to be. I’ve built a database of material for each of the Deathsong Chronicles. Those databases aid me in keeping the world the same from book to book.
“When I wrote Grayrider, I followed the advice of Stephen King. I did not write the book following any sort of outline. I have no more idea than my readers do when I write a novel what will happen in the midst of the story. It makes it more exciting for both the readers and myself.”
You can visit his website at www.bruceskye.com.
Thank you for playing Book Trivia with us, Bruce! Here are your questions:
If Tom Hanks, in the movie Cast Away, unearthed a copy of Grayrider, how would that help Tom find a way off the island?
The Celtic magic described in the novel would help him send himself back to civilization.
Everyone knows rock star idol Brittany Spears is always in trouble with everything you can think of. In what way could your book help her and set her life back on track?
Grayrider would show her doing the right things, regardless of the odds against you, can lead to better times.
You have a chance to appear on the hit talent show for authors, American Book Idol, with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, and Kara DioGuardi determining whether your book will make it to Hollywood and become a big screenplay. What would impress them more – your book cover, an excerpt or your best review – and why?
I think an excerpt would be best. The reason I say that is, as one reviewer put it “Skye has a talent for vivid descriptions that will make you feel like you are in the middle of the story.”
Hulk Hogan, the famous wrestler and star of his own reality show, has invited you and your book to appear on his show. One catch. You have to read a passage out of it to convince him you are star material. What part would you read?
The opening section of the first chapter as given below:
A sentry on the north wall was the first to see him: a figure in a silver gray cloak mounted on an immense black warhorse. The cloak billowed in the blustering wind, revealing the stranger’s green tunic. He wore a sword belt with a sheathed long sword at his waist. Yet the hood of the cloak never moved, leaving the rider’s face in constant shadow. He was on the hill just north of the castle. Somehow, knowing he’d been seen, the horseman turned his mount and galloped down towards the keep.
“The Gray Rider,” the soldier muttered. He stood transfixed for a moment as he watched the horseman draw swiftly towards the fortress.
“Open the gates!” he yelled. “Tell the king the Gray Rider approaches!”
They’ve invented a board game using the theme of your book. What would the title of it be that would be different from your book and which retail store would they place it to make the most sales?
They would call it “Against All Odds.” They would place the game in The Sharper Image.
The Arbor Day Foundation has decided to pick one tree in your honor because of your writing brilliance. What kind of tree is it and why did they choose that tree in relation to your book?
They would choose a redwood tree because it is a strong classic, much as my novel is.
President Barack Obama has become the author of several books and he has requested your presence at a special hush hush meeting to discuss ways to promote it. Through luck of the draw, you were chosen. What would be the first thing you would tell Barack?
Get people skilled in book promotion to help him sell his works.
Finally, you just got word that your book has received the 2009 NY Times Bestselling Book Award and you have to attend the ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan. Anyone who’s anyone will be there and it’s your shot for stardom. On stage, you must give an acceptance speech. What would you say and who would you thank?
I would thank those who had chosen my novel, first of all. Secondly, I would thank those who were members of my review committee who go over everything I write before I give it to my agent. It was their encouragement which motivated me to publish Grayrider.