Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Lost Souls by Kevin Oxland

Welcome to Author Kevin Oxland

Author of – Lost Souls – The Cube of Asgard

Kevin is a father of two, a game designer and has worked in the video games industry for 25 years, developing key titles in his career, including ‘The Lion King’, ‘Pinochhio’ and more recently the Sony PSP version of Eyepet Adventures for Sony. He also has a non-fiction book published, titled ‘GAMEPLAY and DESIGN’.Kevin is part of a large family with four brothers and two sisters, so you can imagine, growing up was interesting and fun, although, he’s not entirely sure if he’s totally grown up yet. Lost Souls is his debut children’s / YA novel, the first of a three book series, and says he has many more where that came from.

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INTERVIEW:
What is one book everyone should read?
– The Golden Compass and subsequent books in the series. So awesome and beautifully written.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
– It’s inspirational and follows the quest of a young boy who confronts many emotional and physical challenges from coping with a depressed mother, to bone shattering critters.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
– I am currently finishing the second in the series of Lost Souls and will be starting the third very soon. Without giving too much away, I also have two other books lined up. The first is titled ‘The Bone Diggers’ (this is three quarters written) and the other currently entitled ‘EverDream’ (story arc designed) which I’m VERY excited about. No really, I am. EverDream is fairly unique and I think it would make an awesome movie. Or is that something all authors dream of 😉

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
– I love the idea that you can put words on paper and from that create whole worlds, characters, adventures, emotions, etc. I think language is human’s greatest achievement ever! If you think about it, it’s pretty Incredible.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
– I sent a signed copy of Lost Souls to my nephew. He was so excited, he took it to school, but he put it between two other books and he wouldn’t let anybody open the pages because he didn’t want to crease it. So cute.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
– The Hobbit. I will never forget reading it over and over again, and it was my first experience of fantasy. Probably why I like writing them.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
– Yes, Spencer’s father. Although in the first book, you don’t see him that much, but you get to know him really well in the second and you find out what he’s truly made of in the third!

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
– You can do or be whatever you want if you work hard enough. It’s true. Thanks Dad!

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
– Can I have a game instead? Oh please, please, please? Thanks. Uncharted 3 because they have done something few games have achieved – great story (no really it is), great characters (yes, they truly are), and I almost shed a tear at the end of Uncharted 2. And this is a GAME!

Which authors have influence you most how?
– J K Rowling – sheer guts, determination in her personal life and awesome storytelling. Phillip Pullman – eloquent writer, amazing imagination and a great story teller. J R R Tolkien…need I say more.

What do you do in your free time?
– Play a few games with my kids. Okay, maybe more than a few and not always with the kids, but it relaxes me.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
– Desperate Housewives. Wow, did I really say that out loud?
Harry Potter or Twilight?
– Harry Potter, without a doubt in my mind. What JK did for reading is like what Einstein did for science. Okay, so I exaggerated slightly, but you get the idea.
Facebook or Twitter?
– Facebook. I like Twitter, but I’m not sure if people want to read my every move?
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
– I worked at Westwood Studios in Las Vegas while working on the Lion King game. As we developed the game, we got to view the movie at Disney Studios in Florida, during production. Awesome!

Lost Souls: The Cube of Asgard Book One

Spencer Quinn was the only witness. He was left behind. He didn’t know why the creature took his twin brother and not him. When the authorities came to investigate, there were no signs of forced entry, no clues and they didn’t believe Spencer’s story.

To avoid the frenzy of media attention Spencer’s mother move them to a small town to live with his grandmother. A new life and a new school beckon and Spencer soon makes friends with his neighbour, Frankie. But Spencer is plagued with the memory of his brother’s abduction. He’s desperate to connect with his depressed mother, he’s burdened with an ancient family legacy Spencer believes is an illness, and a stranger who seems to have all the answers.
Follow Spencer and Frankie into a fantastical, parallel world unlike their own. Where betrayal is second nature and the creatures shatter bones with their screams. Spencer embarks on an emotional journey to unravel the mysteries surrounding Oliver’s disappearance and the legacy that threatens his own life!

Giveaway Details
2 signed paperback copies and 1 Kindle Copy
Open Internationally
Ends 1/3/12

Optional Extra Entry:
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WINNERS
Kindle: Lisa Garrett
Paperback: Dorothy Rozdilsky, deanna_boocock