Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Kevin’s Point of View by Del Shannon

Welcome to Author Del Shannon author of Kevin’s Point of View:

Del Shannon is a full-time civil engineer and designs and constructs dams and reservoirs around the world, and also a part-time writer. When not working on dams he has written award winning essays, newspaper columns, and children’s stories.

His first children’s story was the serialized novella The Map, which was published in several newspapers. Kevin’s Point of View is his second children’s story and first full-length novel.

He lives with his family in Boulder, Colorado.

Interview:

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Definitely the past. History has always been distorted by the prejudices of its scribes and I would like to see some of the events that have shaped our world free from these biases and with my own eyes. And I’d also really like to see a dinosaur.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Mark Twain – Because I enjoy a good story and a hearty laugh with a meal.
Leonardo da Vinci – Because I’m extremely curious and enjoy insights into any subject.
Monica Ortiz – Because I never answered her last letter to me before she died in a car accident.
Ronald Reagan – Because I think he changed the course of our nation and the world.
Pharaoh Khufu – Because I really want to know how the great pyramids in Egypt were built.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Captain Disaster. That’s a little of me sneaking into Kevin – the hero of my book, Kevin’s Point of View.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
So many superpowers to choose from… When I was younger I had terrible vision and constant problems with my eyes, so I think I’d have super human eyesight and I could see anything I wanted, no matter how far away or how small it was.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Strawberry.

Is there anything you need in order to write? (i.e. Chocolate, quiet, music)
I need huge doses of inspiration to write. It’s nearly impossible for me to just sit down and say I’m going to write. But if I get a spark of an idea, or see something that immediately digs into my soul, I can write anywhere. Consequently, I spend more time thinking about things and mulling over ideas than I spend writing them down.

One food you would never eat?
Nothing. I’ve been known to Hoover up just about anything.

Pet Peeves?
Being poked. I have no idea why it bothers me, but I hate being poked.

Favorite Cartoon?
Nearly any Looney Tunes cartoon (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Speedy Gonzales, Wile E. Coyote, Elmer Fudd, etc.). Kevin’s Point of View was, in part, inspired by two Looney Tune cartoon’s featuring a character named Ralph Phillips. In the cartoon From A to Z-Z-Z-Z Ralph is at school and gets into perpetual trouble for daydreaming in class. And in the cartoon Boyhood Daze Ralph is sent to his room for accidentally breaking a window, and he indulges in similar daydreaming antics. In my own childhood I was a perpetual daydream, and still am, and so seeing Ralph was like seeing myself in many ways.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be, male or female, doesn’t matter and why?
I’ve never liked any of the Greek Gods. I think they’re all whiney and spoiled and I wouldn’t want to be any of them.

How do you react to a bad review?
Curl up in the bathtub and have a good cry. Seriously, I see rejection and bad reviews as good things because it means that there is diversity of opinions and views. I love dissenting opinions and the dialog it creates.

What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?
I love all the Harry Potter books and movies.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Del Shannon’s imaginative story, appreciation for the powers of family ties and the desire of young boys to both escape reality and prove themselves within it, and fast-paced, adventure-filled storytelling style make this a book with wide appeal for readers of all ages.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, because this book changed the way I looked at nearly everything, including literature. I’d love to be Ford Prefect for a while.

What is your favorite quote?
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
Short Attention Span

What is your guilty pleasure?
Cadbury Crème Eggs.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I’m a sucker for shows about aliens and ghosts and UFO’s and bigfoot.

Write a haiku about your book.
To save his father
The Influxitron is key
But will there be time?

How would you describe the target audience for you book?

Middle grades (8- to 12-year-olds) are my target audience, but older kids and adults have enjoyed Kevin’s Point of View as well.

Visit Del’s website: http://kevinspointofview.com/

Del is offering 2 copies of his book Kevin’s Point of View for giveaway.

Kevin’s Point of View by Del Shannon:

Kevin Tobin is a relatively ordinary twelve-year-old dealing with the ­aftermath of his father’s death in a mountain biking accident near their home in Boulder, Colorado. To escape from his emotional turmoil, Kevin has ­developed his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally. While he antagonizes his mother and sister through his superhero antics on an average Wednesday ­morning, his ability to escape inside a character’s head becomes critical to his ­survival after his life is once-again turned upside down a year after his father’s death.

A mysterious package arrives in the mail, Kevin and his best friend are hunted down by a ruthless villain set upon world domination who is determined to ­retrieve the package, and after enlisting Kevin’s teenage sister and her pizza-­delivery boyfriend in a battle for control over time itself, the secret of Kevin’s whole existence is revealed to him by a source we never expected.

Del Shannon’s imaginative story, appreciation for the powers of ­family ties and the desire of young boys to both escape reality and prove ­themselves within it, and fast-paced, adventure-filled storytelling style make this a book with wide appeal for readers of all ages.

Giveaway Details:
2 Winners will each win a copy of Kevin’s Point of View
Giveaway is open Internationally
Ends 1/31/11

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