March 5, 2019

Blog Tour: Metl: The ANGEL Weapon by Scott Wilson – Interview and Giveaway

Hello Readers! Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Metl: The ANGEL Weapon by Scott Wilson

presented by Month9Books!

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

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Thirteen-year-old Caden Aire spends his days working in the fields and his nights sleeping in a horse stable, all under the watch of Metl—Earth’s mysterious and artificial second moon, a looming relic of humanity’s lost era.

But Caden’s simple life changes when one night, a fiery red X suddenly appears on Metl’s surface, and the same red Xs start glowing on his palms.

Now Caden must find the only person who knows what’s happening to him, but he doesn’t have much time. Metl has started on an impact course with Earth, and to stop it, Caden will have to face both the unsettling truth about his world … and about himself.

Metl: The Angel Weapon by Scott Wilson
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Publisher: Month9Books

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

Hey there! Thanks for giving me the chance to blab about my book Metl: The ANGEL Weapon. It’s been a wild and crazy adventure getting here with plenty of slips and scrapes along the way, but I made it with most of my limbs still intact. Not bad!

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

In the future, technology is illegal. So when red Xs start to glow on Caden’s palms, and on the artificial moon Metl too, it’s bad news.

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

My initial inspiration was an image that popped into my head while sitting in my bedroom one night. I just randomly imagined a young boy in overalls leaving a farm orphanage, with only a photo of his father to guide him, while a metallic second moon loomed in the sky above. I have no idea where that image came from, but it hit me and it hit hard.

From there, the inspiration for the story mostly came from two places: (1) Finding an answer to the age-old question “what is the meaning of life?” that’s not boring or rhetorical. And (2) taking modern-day society’s fear of technology/science to the extreme.

We live in a world more connected by technology than ever before, with the sum of human knowledge available at anyone’s fingertips. And yet despite that, we’re seeing the rise of everything from Flat Earthers to Anti-Vaxxers to climate change denial. It’s not hard to imagine a world where all technology is seen as evil, and how that way of thinking could benefit a small group of powerful people.

Tell us about the main character(s).

Caden isn’t even a Nobody. He lives at the Home, a farm-orphanage for children whose parents were taken away after committing the ultimate crime: using Iltech—anything metallic, mechanic, or electric.

While all of the other children were ripped away from their families, losing their names and becoming Nobodies in the process, Caden is different. He was dropped off at the Home as an infant and he never knew his family. The only reminder he has of them is a single, borderline-illegal photograph of his father.

Caden spends his days and nights in the horse stable, caring for the animals and staring longingly at the photo of his father, wondering if someday he’ll come back to adopt him.

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

So many! But if I had to choose the one with the least amount of spoilers, it would have to be the opening spread.

I love how these two pages bring together the words I wrote, one of the beautiful illustrations Monika Viktoria made, and the brilliant idea of my publisher to have the top of the chapter show off the moon and Metl.

I’ve literally just stared at this opening spread for minutes at a time before. Gah, it’s just so pretty!

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

In my first draft of the book, the other main character Annika (Caden’s friend and the older girl in the picture above) used a shotgun as her weapon. I liked the contract between her Little House on the Prairie clothes with her badass attitude and weapon of choice.

But when my agent told me that my book was Middle Grade, that really made me think about my a lot of stuff in the story in terms of my audience, including Annika’s shotgun. Neither my agent nor publisher said I had to change anything, but I decided on my own to change her shotgun into a “magnet gun” that fired electric blasts.

Then! About a year later when all the edits were done and the book was getting ready to ship out to the printers, I woke up in a sweat in the middle of the night because I realized I didn’t want Annika to have a “magnet gun” either. Not only did it not make sense in the story (since the badguys used “magnet guns” too but they did different things than hers), but also with the state of gun violence in America, I didn’t want to contribute any sort of glorification to that.

I begged my publisher to let me rewrite the “magnet gun” into a “magnetizer” instead—a remote control that emitted different pulses depending on which numbers were pressed. They said okay, and I was thrilled. Not only did that differentiate the weapon Annika used versus the badguys, and not only did that get rid of the gun usage, but it also ended up a heck of a lot cooler, giving her a signature unique weapon.

I agonized for days over each of these changes, but in the end I think they made the story a lot stronger.

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

I just sent out the sequel to Metl to my publisher for the first round of drafts, and I’m currently writing the third one in the series. With a bit of luck, I’ll hopefully get to keep writing them.

But either way, I have a few other ideas that I’ve been keeping on the backburner. So I’ll definitely be churning out something new in the future no matter what.

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!!

Thanks for letting me blab! And for anyone who checks out the book, or hey those who don’t too, you’re welcome to say hi on Twitter (@scottdoesstuff) or at my creative writing livestream on Twitch (Twitch/ScottWritesStuff).

I’d love to hear what you think of Metl, or take a look at what writing projects you’re working on!

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  1. Julie Bickham

    I’m sure my daughter will love to read this!

  2. Marisela Zuniga

    This sounds very interesting

  3. Scott Wilson

    Hey thanks so much for the interview!

    These were some really fun questions to answer.

    The 140 character summary, and talking about Annika’s weapon change really made me dig deep.

    I’m so excited to finally share Metl with the world… my baby is all grown up now! *sobs*

  4. Scott Wilson

    Hey thanks so much for the interview!

    These were some really fun questions to answer.

    The 140 character summary, and talking about Annika’s weapon change really made me dig deep.

    I’m so excited to finally share Metl with the world… my baby is all grown up now! *sobs*

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