Interview & Book Giveaway: Author Max Elliot Anderson

Welcome to Author Max Elliot Anderson.

Max Elliot Anderson writes action-adventures & mysteries for readers 8 and up, especially boys. But girls like reading them just as much.

Max has written thirty-five action-adventure & mystery manuscripts for readers eight and up, especially boys. Seven of these books, Newspaper Caper, Terror at Wolf Lake, North Woods Poachers, Mountain Cabin Mystery, Big Rig Rustlers, Secret of Abbott’s Cave, and Legend of the White Wolf have been published. In the next few months, they will be republished. Those are expected to be followed by many more.

Below you will find details for a giveaway for the first of Max’s new books Lost Island Smuggler.

You can learn more about Max & his books by visiting his BLOG or his WEBSITE.

What is the last book you read?
I just read a great picture book called More Bears, in order to review it on my books for boys blog The book is so much fun, it almost made me sad that my children were all grown up and out on their own.

What is the last movie you saw?The Blind Side

When you were 12 years old what did you want to be when you grew up?
I thought I’d like to be a forest ranger. I like the outdoors, especially in mountainous areas like the Rockies. But I grew up in a family where my dad produced Christian films, and life took me more in the visual arts direction.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?Butter Pecan

What’s your favorite music genre? Favorite artist? Song?I grew up on rock ‘n’ roll, but switched to country music when rock significantly changed. Much of today’s country music reminds me of some of that older rock music.

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
My writing is done to a strict set of elements. The door to my writing room is closed. A candle is lit and placed right next to the computer monitor. Props and photographs are prominently placed around my desk to give the flavor of what’s being written. And most importantly, I play mood appropriate music for the scene I’m writing. Winter stories are written in freezing, cold weather, summer stories when it’s blazing, hot out, and scary scenes are always…always written after dark.

Night owl, or early bird?
It’s impossible for me to sleep in anymore. I’m not sure how that happened, and I’m not happy about it. But I write primarily at night. It usually starts around six in the evening, and I’ll write from one to three chapters in one sitting. However, I write as I go. On one book, Legend of the White Wolf, I was so interested in seeing how the story would turn out that I wrote the whole thing in just three days; day and night.

One food you would never eat?Liver

Favorite Cartoon?
It’s a really, really old one called “The Pin Cushion Man.” Click Here to see it on Youtube

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
I’m pretty happy with this one, in spite of all the turbulence. Signs seem to be pointing to the end of time being not that far away, and I think it’d be fantastic to be living when Christ calls us home. Technology today also makes our work as authors so much easier. We think nothing of emailing an entire manuscript, as a file, and can evaluate book covers from our publisher, receive contracts, and communicate with our agent and editors all by email.

Do you prefer to write on the computer or with paper?I prefer to write on a computer, but not a laptop. I like the discipline of sitting in a chair and pounding out a story in the same surroundings every time. But, when it comes to reading the manuscript, I can only do that effectively with a printed copy in my hands.

What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
NASCAR, although I’m beginning to think that the sport needs to do something to retain fans and attract new ones. My adult son and I go to the Daytona 500 each year, and my favorite driver has always been Jeff Gordon since he entered the sport.

Are you a loner or social butterfly?
Loner is a pretty harsh word, but I’m no butterfly either. I enjoy the solitude which is the writing process. The various online writer’s groups, and social media sites help to keep me connected.

How do you react to a bad review?It really depends on where the review is coming from. If it came from a reviewer, I’d have to balance it with who they are and what they represent. If a reader were to give a bad review, then I think it’s more serious because it would indicate that I missed it with a particular book and that reader. Fortunately, I haven’t gotten any reviews like this so far, and feel fortunate about that.

If not a writer, you would have been?I would have been, and still am a video producer. The market has slowed dramatically in recent months, due to the economy, but I’m always ready to dive into the next client video production or television commercial.

What do you do when you are in-between books?A lot of marketing and promotion, along with looking for other publishing opportunities. We can’t sit back, just because we’ve published a book because it’s after publishing that the real work begins.

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
In the quiet of my writing room.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.My books provide a great escape, especially for boys or struggling, reluctant readers. But I get great comments from girls and adults, too.

What do you find so appealing about the genre you write for? Would you try writing for a different genre (if the author hasn’t already)?Some have suggested that we baby boomers are people who refuse to grow up. There’s some truth in that, at least in my experience. Most of my writing is for kids from 8 and up. It’s a fun age with lots of excitement and adventure. In some ways I suppose I’m reliving parts of my equally exciting childhood experiences when I write. But I have written for other markets including Guideposts, Chicken Soup for the Soul, magazines and online sources.

What is your favorite quote?“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” by Mark Twain

What do you do in your free time?Free time? What’s that?

Lost Island Smugglers by Max Elliot Anderson

Sam, Tony, and Tyler took scuba lessons together. Tony’s father owned a marina, so Tony got them in for free. After the boys completed the course, they decided to try their new skills in the ocean. The only problem was, none of them had permission to go, or to take one of the sailboats out for their diving adventure. Everything went well until the biggest storm the boys had ever seen, blew up from out of nowhere, and they found themselves stranded on Lost Island. But, if they thought the worst had happened, they were wrong. What about those high-powered speedboats that mysteriously disappeared? And what were they going to tell their parents, even if they did get off the island?

Giveaway Details:Max is offering a follower of this blog the chance to win a copy of his book Lost Island Smugglers.
To enter fill out the form below.
Giveaway is open to those with a US mailing address.
Last day to enter is December 7, 2010.

This giveaway is now closed.