Author Interview & Book Giveaway Revenge of the Dorkoids by Holly Beck

Welcome to Author Holly Beck.

Holly Beck, an accomplished artist, has dedicated her life to inspiring children since graduating from Brigham Young University. As a teacher, mom, and active community member she has encouraged children to use their creativity to express themselves and solve problems. Her debut children’s book, Revenge of the Dorkoids: the Secret Club Begins, was inspired by her passion for teaching kids to tap into their full potential and not let bullies have the upper hand. Holly’s values play an important role in creating these uplifting books that inspire kids to strive to be their personal best and overcome social challenges. When not expressing herself artistically or writing, Holly loves to spend time with her family. She presently resides in Montana with her husband.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
MOM – Every mom is a super hero when we are little. We should consider them our super heroes into adult hood because they make meals appear regularly, clean clothes, clean house and provide guidance that keeps us safe and happy if we will follow it.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose? 
The ability to heal.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? 
Fresh Peach

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? 
Jesus. Even if you are not christian, he taught to do things, and live in ways that have been proven over a Melina.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? 
Strawberry waffles

Night owl, or early bird? 
I wish I were an early bird since so much of our culture requires early hours, but I am a night owl. I always do my best writing at night.

Pet Peeves? 
Foul language. We have totally lost the consciousness that others around us may find foul language offensive. I most hate saying, God, or Jesus or other things that are taking the name of my god in vain. Why is it we respect Mohamed’s name and not our own Judo-Christian God’s name?

Skittles or M&Ms?
Definitely M&Ms. No contest.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. 
You will laugh, having a good time while learning lots of cool words and ways to stand up against bullying.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
Revenge of the Dorkoids is a 12 book series. One for every month of the year as we follow the adventures of Aaron and his intrepid club. October is in rewrites now.

What inspired you to want to become a writer? 
My father always told my brothers and I stories like Larry the Lobster (my favorite) and one day I had an idea about a kid in school who had an interesting science fair project. I decided to try.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
All the times that kids come tell me (when I visit the Billings Schools) that they really love using one of the secret language words from Revenge of the Dorkoids, or that they have found their own favorite words, or they tell me how they have learned to help protect other kids at school from being bullied. The big reward is to have made the world better for someone.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters? 
“We are the Campions” because of it’s message of being able to be your own winner. Also the December book will have a great rendition of “The Night Before Christmas”

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
 Everyone rewrites. Don’t take it as criticism, it is a chance to make your book better.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I see myself, my daughters, my husband, my mother and my father most in my characters. One large example is the playing with words as a secret language. My father always had especially great words. When I became an adult, I began to play a game with my dad on the phone. I would tell him a new word I had come across, and he would tell me what it meant. He was very hard to stump. Our girls always loved his word use too, inspite of his puns, and all of our family score in the 90% in vocabulary.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you? 
Do unto others as you would have them do to you and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Hidden talent? 
I have always been good at drawing and later painting, writing was the hidden talent.

What was your favorite children’s book?
I can never choose just one. A wrinkle in time, The Hobbit, Little Women, Harry Potter, Desmond and the Peppermint Ghost, and many others.

TV or Movies? 
Movies there is more story and character development.

Coke or Pepsi?

Beach or Pool? 
Beach, I love to snorkel and scuba dive.

Revenge of the Dorkoids

Revenge of the Dorkoids, a new realistic fiction series by Holly Beck, cleverly offers a story of ultimate redemption in which the “dorkoids,” or the social underdogs, find a way to outwit the school bully. By using their wits and their intelligence, and without resorting to violence or verbal abuse, they end up teaching the bullies a valuable life lesson.
The Secret Club Begins, the first book in the Revenge of the Dorkoids series, takes the reader on a journey of language as the protagonists Aaron, Ryan, and Trevor discover a clever way to “best” Jake and his bully friends. Forming a secret club, they decide to take advantage of their strong vocabulary skills and turn the tables on Jake by making a play on the very name Jake taunts them with – “Dorkoids.”

Giveaway Details
3 winners will each receive a copy of Dorkoids
Open to US only
Ends 1/17/11

Joanne Hibl
Karen Puleski
Andy Yu