August 17, 2015
Hello everyone and welcome to the kick off tour stop for
Strange Country Day by Charles Curtis!
We are so excited to have Charles stop by the blog for a Q & A.
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Alexander Graham Ptuiac, the son of an inventor, wants to play for the school’s football team. During tryouts, and under the watchful eye of the team’s coach, he suddenly manifests mysterious superhuman powers. Alexander makes the team, but not before the some ill-intended adults take notice, putting his life in danger.
Alex struggles to suppress and control his strange new abilities, worried about exposing his secret and being kicked off the football team. Then he befriends Dex, a diminutive classmate who can somehow jump as high as ten feet in the air. Seems Alex isn’t the only one at school with a secret.
As the school year unfolds, Alex will find himself the target of bullies, holding hands with his first crush and discovering the shocking truth about himself and his parents.
Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
Thanks so much for the opportunity!
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
Ordinary teenager turns star quarterback in a new school after finding out he’s suddenly extraordinary (so are his new friends). But why?
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
Both my parents are writers and my mom happened to say to me one day, “I had a book idea for you: Vampires playing football.” I immediately said, “No way. Vampires are so overdone these days” because that was smack dab in the middle of the “Twilight” saga. But the imagery of a vampire floating up 10 feet to catch a football stuck with me, so I asked myself what the super powers behind the character could be if he wasn’t a vampire. Then I wondered, “Would the kid throwing the football also have special abilities?” The lesson: Inspiration can come from anything, anywhere.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Alexander Graham Ptuiac is the son of an inventor who loves football but isn’t good enough to play on his new junior high school’s team … until one day he discovers the sudden ability to throw like an NFL veteran. He just can’t figure out why. Nor can he explain how his friend Dex Harrison can leap 10 feet in the air to catch his passes. Not only does Alex have to deal with those questions, he’s got to worry about a bully (a football player nicknamed “Flab”) and girl troubles (in the form of a classmate named Sophi) like any other teenager.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
There’s one whole chapter in which Alex goes on a date with Sophi that takes place in “The City,” which was my tribute to my hometown of Manhattan. It was a blast to imagine what 12-year-olds would do during a night on the town, especially in a book with teenagers who may or may not have superhero powers. Let’s just say they cause a bit of chaos while in town.
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
Every great comic book character has an awesome origin story. But I had to come up with origins for multiple characters and find a way to interweave them in order to explain how they ended up in the same suburb. That took a lot of time to make sure I got it right and kept the explanations relatively simple.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
I’m currently focused on writing the second book in the “Strange Country Day” series and doing my day job as a sportswriter for NJ.com and some other publications/sites.
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success in your writing future!!
Thanks, I hope you enjoy “SCD”! I’d definitely love to stop by again in the future.
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