October 18, 2019

Blog Tour: Bertie’s Book of Spooky Wonders by Ocelot Emerson – Interview and Giveaway

Hello Readers! Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Bertie’s Book of Spooky Wonders
by Ocelot Emerson

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We have the author on the blog today for a quick Q&A.

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Twelve-year-old Bertie Blount is great at causing trouble. When she’s forced to leave behind her dad and friends in North Carolina so her mom can marry the most boring optometrist in the world, Bertie has a chance at a fresh start.
But when Bertie arrives in Pennsylvania, she doesn’t just bring trouble; she brings disaster. In a moment of anger, Bertie unwittingly triggers an accident that puts her future stepbrother in a coma.
Broken and desperate to make things right, Bertie prays for a miracle. Instead, the universe gives her a pair of supernatural sunglasses, a wise-cracking doppleganger, and a terrifying ghost that sends Bertie on a dangerous mission to find the one thing that just might save her stepbrother’s life.

Bertie’s Book of Spooky Wonders by Ocelot Emerson
Publication Date: October 15, 2019
Publisher: Tantrum Books

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Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

When 12 year old Bertie moves with her mom to Pennsylvania a ghost whispers in Bertie’s ear that something horrible is about to happen (that’s page three).  And from here things get progressively worse.  And the worse it gets, the more fun it gets. 

What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

It’s all a dream anyway, right?  In one way or another, we’re all Dorothy going from black and white to color.  The actual birth of Bertie began with bringing my kids to school.  Seeing how all the different kids interacted on the playground.  I just thought it would be so cool to find a pair of sunglasses that allows them to see a better version of themselves (and I’d want a pair of those glasses myself too).  And, being as naturally stubborn as I am, I thought I might have some serious disagreements with my better Ocelot.  Sad, but true.  Anyway, that was the seed of everything.  And from there it just grew…

Tell us about the main character(s).

Bertie is a blast.  She’s so unique, she’s a 12 year old Jennifer Lawrence or Selena Gomez;  She’s fun, feisty and speaks her mind which gets her in all kinds of trouble.  At times Bertie can be disruptive.  Actually, a whole lot of times.  But it’s a positive because it’s born from her honesty and authenticity.  She says the things other people only wish they could say. 

And in the end, Bertie has to overcome one terrifying obstacle after another in order to turn the worst thing that could ever happen to her, into the best thing that ever happened to her.  

Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

When Aunt Cindy tells Bertie the difference between heaven and hell. 

It also breaks my heart when Bertie gives Tabitha a message from her dead mother.  “It wasn’t the hat”

Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

The auras were a challenge.  The idea that everything (including inanimate objects) and everyone has an aura is really cool.  If Bertie were on a movie screen (which I’m actually working on presently) the auras would thrilling to see and easy to identify.  On the page, however, it can be difficult to make them come alive in the vibrant fashion you want.  Bottom line, it was really fun to write, just not easy.

What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

Of course!  I’m working on the sequel to Bertie.  And I’m also writing the adaptation for a movie (I’m really not supposed to be talking about this so pretend you didn’t hear that).

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!!

Thank you very much.  I appreciate you having me.  And I’m super grateful to you and all the wonderful people out there who dig Bertie’s Book of Spooky Wonders so incredibly much.  In fact, I’m so grateful I grant you all three wishes.  Please use them wisely.  The wishes will most definitely come, but you have to be patient and really-really-really believe (optional)

Ocelot Emerson is the freakish result of a mad scientist’s experiment gone horribly wrong. Born half magnificent cat, half malicious human, Ocie escaped from the secret International Prison For Wayward Creatures, and into a deep dark woods, only to be captured by a pack of ravenous ghost wolves. In a stroke of good fortune, the Great Spirit Wolves set aside their natural disdain for all things feline and accepted the cat person into their pack, where they taught Ocie how to hunt and tell bizarre yet heartwarming tales. Bertie’s Book of Spooky Wonders is Ocelot’s first novel aimed at feral and phenomenally gifted children. That means you, kid!

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  1. Christy Maurer

    Bertie sounds like a fun, strong character!

  2. Julie Bickham

    I look forward to reading this.

  3. Furry

    This book sounds fantastic. Really fun. Really different, I’m definitely in

  4. Kim

    This sounds like a book my daughter would enjoy.

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