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November 1, 2014

Blog Tour: The Elementalists by C. Sharp – Interview and Giveaway

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The Elementalists by C. Sharp

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Rising sea levels, droughts, earthquakes, tornadoes. Far below the earth’s crust, imprisoned in ancient slumber, the elemental powers of the land grow restless…

Meanwhile, in small town Virginia, Chloe McClellan’s first day of sophomore year was an epic fail. After she becomes the target of the fiery queen of the It-Girls in gym, she gains instant notoriety when she’s struck by lightning. That’s when things start to get weird.

There are disconcerting gaps in her memory, and freaky weather seems to follow her everywhere. She comes to believe that either she’s going insane, or her accident has awoken a terrifying creature from mythology, triggering the final countdown to the extinction of humankind.

Chloe finds unlikely help from a trio of male classmates: the grounded captain of the football team, the flighty stoner with a secret, and the enigmatic transfer student who longs for the sea. All the while, she struggles with the growing realization that dragons exist, and she, and her friends, may be the only ones who can stop them.

In the first book in the epic new Tipping Point Prophecy series, global dragon mythology is reimagined against a backdrop of ecological disaster, high school angst, and the power of the human spirit when working in accord with the elements.

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Title: The Elementalists
Series: The Tipping Point Prophecy (Book One)
Author: C. Sharp
Genre: Young Adult
e-ISBN: 9781626813113
p-ISBN: 9781626814257
Price: e$4.99/p$16.99
Pub date: 10/28/2014

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Chapter-by-Chapter-header---Interview

Top Favs with C. Sharp

You’re home alone, there’s a fire!  Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.

My computer, my wife’s grandmother’s bracelet, my daughter’s stuffed dog. (Depending on location of fire, I may forgo the stuffed dog for the “magic” staff I whittled as a child and use nightly in daughter’s bedtime ritual)

Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why

Dan Simmons: is the author who I have read more books by than any other. He’s had a long, varied and always impressive career that flits between sci-fi, horror, fantasy, literary fiction, and on. Not being so easily pigeonholed as a writer of one genre is hard and impressive and he pulls all of it off with competence and moments of genius. I aspire to one day have such a career.

J.R.R Tolkien: I have always loved fantasy novels, and this fellow laid the groundwork for most of what came after. Not always the best writer or most disciplined storyteller, but no one can beat him for the sheer scope and genius of his world building. The elves he created are real, with language and history and sorrow. His contribution has informed the subconscious of all writers to follow.

H.P. Lovecraft: This guy makes the list for the same reasons as J.R.R above, but H.P. was an even more egregiously sloppy writer and at times lazy storyteller. He was also by all accounts a fairly horrible human in his personal beliefs, but for the deep lasting effect he’s had on moulding the horror genre, he must be recognized. His twisted, occult saturated, and cosmically bleak Cthulhu mythos have had a strong and lasting effect on my imagination. Many of his themes of ancient, sleeping, godlike beings, that will one day wake to destroy mankind have directly informed and influenced the Tipping Point Prophecy series.

Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why

Cold water and plenty of it. For me, water, not coffee, is the staple beverage of sitting at a desk all day/night. Lot’s of water, lot’s of trips to the bathroom – it keeps the juices flowing, LITERALLY. I’m not a huge desk snacker, but when I snack it’s Snyder’s of Hanover Sourdough Hard Pretzels and Haribo Gold-Bears – because they are the best snack items in creation and I DEFY you to deny it!

Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why

This is tough, and I will have to give bias to seminal works of my youth rather than BEST books I’ve read…

Watership Down by Richard Adams: I’m not sure why, but that epic fantasy tale of rabbits searching for a home resonated for me both in youth and adulthood. His ability to create a vivid world and mythology for these often overlooked creatures seemed so powerful and true. It made me want to do the same thing.

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien: This one is written kind of like the bible – the unabridged bible of the elves, if you will – and doesn’t usually get the same attention that LOTR and the Hobbit have received. But contained within the dense and often stilted text are story after story of epic scale and scope that laid the groundwork and foundation for those other stories. This is raw world building at it’s best, and Chapter 19: The Tale of Beren and Luthien is potentially the greatest love story ever written.

Boy Wonder by James Robert Baker: My best friend gave this to me to read in high school and it became a formative tome for our young life. It’s a berserk book about a twisted young man who grows up to be a degenerate madman of a film producer, and it’s over the top, unconventional and awesome. It showed that you could break the structure and content rules of writing a novel, and it made me want to make movies, write books and screenplays, and live loud. I recommend it to all.

Top 3 favorite songs to listen to while writing and why

I don’t listen to music when I write. I used to listen to classical music—music with words would alter/influence the tone and tempo of the writing—then classical music started to do that too, so I cut music out altogether. Sorry, I guess that’s boring.

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why

UNPLUG FROM THE INTERNET! This is the big one, and I rarely have the willpower to do it myself, but YOU should if you really want to get work done. “Ass in chair” is the key, but it needs to be constructive time or it defeats the purpose.

Get up and do some exercise: running, push-ups, up and down the stairs. Get the blood going and sometimes the sticky section will get unstuck.

Step away from computer, grab a notebook and pen/pencil, and go somewhere else to think about project and scribble notes. Sometimes the change in medium can get the ideas to rearrange in a more productive way that you couldn’t see before.

Top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why

I love music, but have remained woefully ignorant to what’s good, new, best. I know a good song when I hear it, but am not qualified to list a top three.

Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why

Time Bandits: It’s about five little people who steal a map of the cosmos from god, pick up a little British boy named Kevin, and travel throughout time and reality on a quest to become international/dimensional super criminals… enough said.

Raiders of the Lost Arc: This movie is an amazing blend of action, comedy, romance, horror, history and fun. For it’s type, it has never been bested, and it’s at least partially the reason why I majored in archaeology/anthropology in college.

Murder Party: This is not one of the best movies ever made, and the lead actor leaves a lot to be desired, but I helped to make it, and it brings back many fond memories—so it made the list.

Top 3 favorite animated movies and why

The Incredibles: Pixar is pretty amazing across the board, but I think this may be their best. For storytelling, entertainment, quality of script, and visuals, this one is hard to beat.

The Hobbit (Rankin & Bass): As a preschool age kid I was obsessed with this movie. I used to carry around a little picture of Bilbo in my Velcro wallet that I cut out of the weekly TV Guide. Probably watched it a hundred times and still know all the words.

BAD WIND: This movie hasn’t been made yet, but it’s going to be… It’s based on an as yet unpublished book I wrote, and it’s going to be very dark, funny, and ferocious. You’ll see.

Top 3 favorite movie moments and why

Time Bandits (by Terry Gilliam): When the five inter-dimensional, time-travelling, little people perform Me and My Shadow on stage for Napoleon and it devolves into a fistfight. One of the greats!

Birdy (by Alan Parker): Not one of my favourite movies, but perhaps the best last shot of a movie ever. No spoilers.

The Hobbit (Rankin & Bass Cartoon): When Bilbo climbs the tree in Mirkwood and pokes his head into fresh air surrounded by butterflies. I tear up every time. The live action Peter Jackson version of this scene ruins it.

Top 3 favorite actors/actresses and why

I don’t really have favourite actors and actresses, I just love great performances, and there are a lot of very fine actors/actresses out there working today. Keep it up!

Top 3 favorite gadgets and why

My laptop: I need it to write.

My television: I need it to do the opposite of writing.

My white-noise sound machine: I need it to sleep.

Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why

Angkor Wat (Cambodia): This place looks amazing and South East Asia is one of the most vibrant and thrilling spots in the world. One day.

South of France: I’d like to ride a bike through this area and soak in the history, terrain and food.

Ireland: Never been here, but always wanted to go. I believe in faeries, and I’m going to see one. (preferably a kindly one!)

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---About-the-Author

C. Sharpe

Chris Sharp grew up in the suburban wonderland of Alexandria, VA, where he cut his nerd teeth playing role-playing games and making gore movies with his friends.

He studied English Literature and Anthropology at Brown University, and Mayan Archaeology at the Harvard Field School in Honduras. He then spent sixteen years in Brooklyn, NY, where he worked in film and commercial production by day, and was yet another wannabe novelist by night.

His first book was a 900 page epic fantasy novel that waits in the depths of a dark box. The Elementalists is his second novel, and he really hopes you like it. His third novel is a pulp fantasy/crime fiction hybrid and is coming soon one way or another…

Some of the films he made with his childhood friends have gained international distribution and won numerous awards at festivals around the world. Chris now lives in Concord, MA, with his wife, daughter and an insufferable cat named Goblin.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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7 Comments

  1. Marni J
    11/1/2014

    Favorite fictional dragon…I don’t have one, but I love the dragons from Anne McCaffrey’s Pern realm and of course the dragon from the Shrek series. I know I’ll remember one or more, once I hit the Post Comment button!
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  2. melissa cushing
    11/1/2014

    No i do not have a favorite fictional drgaon but I would love to win this and read to review this booko! Thanks for sharing and good luck to all!
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  3. shell
    11/1/2014

    i would have to say mine is pete from pete’s dragon the disney movie i watched it so much when i was a kid

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  4. Viki S.
    11/1/2014

    Right now it would be Thea Harrison’s Peanut ;).

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  5. bn100
    11/1/2014

    No, I don’t

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  6. BookLady
    11/4/2014

    Saphira from Eragon is my favorite dragon.

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