Author Interview: The Serpent’s Ring by H.B. Bolton (plus giveaway)

Welcome to Author H.D. Bolton

Currently, Barbara Brooke resides in sunny Florida with her supportive husband, two adorable children, gorgeous greyhounds, and scruffy mutt. She is actively creating new worlds and interesting characters for the next book in one of her series. Shhhh, can you keep a secret? Not only does she write spellbinding, heart-pounding women’s fiction, she also writes books for the young-at-heart, adventurous sort who yearn to dive into a good young adult fantasy story. These particular books are written under the name H.B. Bolton, but that is another story altogether.


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If you could travel in a Time Machine, would you go back to the past or into the future?

Definitely I would journey to the past. I would start with the dinosaurs (briefly — for fear of being eaten). I would then skip a few thousand years and experience every time period since the great Pharaohs ruled Egypt. My last stop would be to the day before my grandmother passed. I would spend a few more precious hours with her before returning to the present.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner, who would you choose?
J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford … Ah, there are so many I would like to choose.

If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?

To be able to fly.

Please tell us in one sentence only why we should read your book.
Become whisked away into a world where anything is possible, magical beings dwell, and the fate of the world can be saved by one courageous boy.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
Since childhood I have enjoyed living in imaginary worlds. I can’t think of a better way to spend a day than to create places for others to visit.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to talk about The Serpent’s Ring with a group of 4th and 5th graders. I will never forget the enchantment sparkling in their eyes and their eagerness to dive into a book I wrote.

If you could jump into a book and live in that world…which would it be?
All right, I realize this story originated as a play, but I would choose Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie: I’d fly with sassy Tinker Bell, swim with temperamental mermaids, dance with powerful Indians, and tease meddling pirates.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
Hungry — a short story

Nine-year-old Chris isn’t just hungry, he’s HUNGRY. After eating a sensible snack, he discovers that he’s not the only one …. What would you do if your bellybutton suddenly transformed into a mouth, started eating everything in sight and asked for more?

If you were a superhero, what would your kryptonite be?

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Favorite smell?
Fresh-baked bread

Spontaneity or Planning Ahead? 
Both, depending on my mood.

Favorite quote from a movie?

Two part quote from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, said by Alice Kingsley:
“My father said he sometimes believe in six impossible things before breakfast.”
“Six impossible things. Count them, Alice.
1. There’s a potion that can make you shrink.
2. And a cake that can make you grow.
3. Animals can talk.
4. Cats can disappear.
5. There is a place called Wonderland.
6. I can slay the Jabberwocky.”

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I was an AP art teacher for eight years prior to the  birth of my daughter.

*photos from photopin

The Serpent’s Ring (Relics of Mysticus, #1)

Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum … that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened a portal to Sagaas, land of ancient gods.
Before the siblings can comprehend what has happened, the Serpent’s Ring is wrenched from Evan’s hand by an enormous bird and flown back to Aegir, the Norse god of the sea. Evan and Claire, accompanied by a band of unlikely heroes, must retrieve the Serpent’s Ring before Aegir uses its immense powers to flood all the lands on Earth.

Giveaway Details:

1 paperback copy of The Serpent’s Ring, a rune treasure box and a signed bookmark.
Open to US only
Ends 10/14/12

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