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November 17, 2017

Blog Tour: The Weirdo Academy Series by Charles Curtis – Guest Post and Giveaway

 

Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop during the tour for

the Weirdo Academy series by Charles Curtis!

We have Charles on the blog today sharing his Road to Publication!

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and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

 

Alexander Graham Ptuiac, the son of an inventor, dreams of playing football. But his dreams are thwarted by his lack of athleticism and overall lanky build. Like any kid with a dream, Alex tries out anyway, just in case. If nothing else, maybe he can win the role of water boy. So when Alex suddenly manifests superhuman powers during football tryouts, Alex can’t believe his good luck. He’s got game! But his new abilities can get him kicked off the team; unless Alex can keep it a secret long enough to find out how the heck he got this way. Enter Dex, a diminutive classmate who can somehow jump as high as ten feet in the air. Now, Alex isn’t the only one at school with a secret. Except, the boys have caught the attention of some pretty nefarious adults, intent on making sure neither Alex nor Dex make it through the season.The only thing stranger than Alexander Graham Ptuiac, accidental quarterback, is the shocking truth about himself and his parents. When truth is stranger than fiction and adults are out to get you, there’s only one thing to do. Play ball!

Accidental Quarterback (Weirdo Academy #1)
by Charles Curtis
Publication Date: November 7 2017
Publisher: Tantrum Books/Month9Books

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Alex and Dex are local heroes. Suddenly, everyone wants to be friends with Alex, Dex and Sophi.

But someone more powerful than any of them lurks in the background, keeping a close watch until it’s time to swoop in and capture them. Still, Alex tries to maintain some semblance of normalcy — in the offseason, he wants to play baseball. As Alex becomes a formidable pitcher, his powers grow and so does his obsession with controlling them.

With Alex finding less and less time for Dex and Sophi, Dex discovers his cat-like abilities start to disappear soon after he starts spending time with a girl.

As the friends struggle to maintain their friendships, that mysterious someone gets closer and closer. Can the three friends find their way back to one another before it’s too late? Or will middle school tear them apart for good?

The Impossible Pitcher (Weirdo Academy #2)
by Charles Curtis
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Tantrum Books/Month9Books

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Road to Publication

 

My journey to publication began long before I even came up with the idea for the Weirdo Academy series.

The seeds were planted as I was growing up, obsessed with New York sports teams and making weekly stops to my local comic book shop to pick up the latest issues of X-Men.

Then, when I found my career as a sportswriter exploding, I knew I wanted to write a series, one that I would have wanted to read as a kid along with those comic books. The idea came to me thanks to a fateful car ride with my parents, who are both writers (note that this is a story you might read a couple of times on my blog tour). My mom tapped me and said, “You should write about vampires playing football.”

I didn’t love the idea because Twilight was so big at the time. But the idea of a kid being able to float up into the air to catch a football seemed really cool. So instead of vampires, I focused on a group of seventh graders with superhuman powers who played sports.

I’d written fiction in the past, but never the length of a book. It took about a year to put it together and another six months to revise before my agent sold it to Month9Books, which was just as excited about the book as I was and published it under their middle grade Tantrum imprint.

The first book was originally published in 2015 as Strange Country Day – that’s the name of the middle school our heroes attend. I had seen my name in print and on the Internet countless times. But to see it on the cover of a book that my friends and family found at bookstores floored me.

My next challenge was to write a sequel, which took another year as I learned that writing a second book might be easier from the perspective of knowing what to expect. But as my smart agent pointed out, the challenge was including enough information from the first book to remind readers of what they might have forgotten.

With the sequel out this year, my awesome publisher relaunched both book No. 1 (now The Accidental Quarterback) and the second (The Impossible Pitcher), along with amazing new covers and the perfect series title: Weirdo Academy. I couldn’t be prouder and more excited.

 

About Charles Curtis

Charles Curtis a sportswriter for USA Today’s For The Win. He has reported and written for other publications including ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, Bleacher Report, NJ.com, TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

 

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