Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune by Craig R. Everett – Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Craig Everett

Craig R. Everett was born and raised in Maine, spending his childhood summers digging along the shores of Bar Harbor for buried pirate treasure.  Fortunately, he was able to remain blissfully unaware that pirates seldom, if ever, ventured that far north.  He received his B.A. in Economics from Tufts University, an MBA from George Mason University, and a Ph.D. in Finance from Purdue University.

Dr. Everett is currently a finance professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he teaches corporate and entrepreneurial finance. Dr. Everett also volunteers in public schools teaching financial literacy principles.  


If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Albert Einstein, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison and Lady Gaga.  I’d just like to see the looks on the faces of the first four.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
My wife, drinking water, and a magic lamp.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Alchemy.  With the resulting gold, I could hire any other superhero required for other tasks.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Black Cherry
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
If the rule is that he must still be dead, then George Washington.  Otherwise definitely Jesus.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Fried eggs with salsa
Night owl, or early bird?
Both.  The older I get, the less I sleep.
Pet Peeves?
The word peeve.  It’s always annoyed me.
Skittles or M&Ms?
M&M’s.  Peanut of course.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It’s a fast-moving fantasy that will trick you into learning financial principles.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Hunger games, District 4.  I grew up on the coast of Maine, so I’d be at home among fishing, poverty and stormtroopers.  Maine has considerably fewer stormtroopers than District 4, but more moose.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Right where I live now near the coast in Southern California.  Never cold, never too hot.  If only the government wasn’t so wacky here, it would be absolutely perfect…
If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
William Hurt.  When I was younger, people used to mistake me for him.
Who are your favorite authors of all time?
J.R.R. Tolkien, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Brandon Sanderson
What was your favorite children’s book?
Charlotte’s Web.  That’s the first book I remember my mom reading to me.
How do you react to a bad review?
Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.  First denial.  How could anyone not like my book?  Anger would follow since the reviewer would clearly be a jerk.  Then I would bargain with the reviewer to change their mind.  If unsuccessful in modifying the review, depression would follow.  Eventually, I would accept it and move on.
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
So You Think You Can Dance.  My wife was a dancer and my oldest daughter is a dancer so they watch it.  Shamefully, I admit that I kinda enjoy it too.
Write a Haiku about your book
Toby knows money
The stock market sings to him
and hearing brings wealth
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Brandon Sanderson.  He is arguably the best fantasy writer ever.  He stands alone in his ability to create insanely original fantasy worlds yet make them believable.
Regular or Diet?
Fresca.  Nuf said.

Toby Gold and the Secret Fortune

An infant is discovered one night on a commuter train from New York City during a stop in the sleepy town of Wallingford, Connecticut.  The local police are summoned, but are unable to locate the boy’s parents, despite painstakingly questioning each person on the train.  For some strange reason, none of the passengers can remember seeing his mother falling from the train – after falling victim to an assassin’s bullet.

Assigned the name “Toby Gold” by social services, the mysterious child grows up in Wallingford, moving from foster home to foster home, not knowing who his real parents are – or why he was born with such freakish skills with math and money.

Now a teenager, Toby’s money skills are noticed by the wrong people, and thus he is unwittingly sucked into a high-stakes financial conspiracy that puts his life, and the lives of his two closest friends, in great peril.  Ultimately, Toby solves the crime, saves his friends, and even saves his school—all in one harrowing afternoon.

Giveaway Details:
Hardcover copy of Toby Gold, Bookmark & Poster
Open to US only
Ends 11/7/12

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