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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

VBT & #GIVEAWAY - Average Joe and the Extraordinaires by Belart Wright

GENRE

Action Adventure, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

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BLURB:

On a dark and balmy Floridian night, a strange and mysterious dark haired woman stalks the shadows of the local college football stadium, on the prowl for secrets buried deep beneath the Earth. These secrets, she knows, may change everything including this small town.

While knocking back illegal drinks with his friends at the hallowed Orangetown Pickers' college football stadium, average kid Joe Black finds himself desperately trying to save the life of a beautiful dark haired woman after a deadly explosion violently interrupts his fun and games. While trying to fathom why he would even do something so reckless he soon finds himself entangled in a dangerous game of terrorist plots, mistaken identities, hard boiled detectives, the criminal underworld, and of all things magic as he tries to escape with his life and make sense of it all.

Joe faces many challenges from all new enemies, assassins, and even his own friends. Can Joe navigate all this danger, escape with his life, and handle his biggest challenge to date, finding something about himself that is truly extraordinary? Find out within the pages of Average Joe and the Extraordinaires.

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Excerpt:

She rode off, down the street on her motorbike that was now a sky blue color to match the highlights in her hair, her ponytail, and her full face helmet.  As she drove, she thought of her next move.  She had a long list of places she wanted to visit, mostly associated with Grabas and the secrets he held beneath the stadium.  But now her focus was on getting Joe out of trouble.  She needed to figure out who has gunning for him...or better yet, she had to convince the man who hired this assassin to call off his killer.  That man was definitely Robert Grabas.

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The book will be $0.99 during the tour.


Personal

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Belart Wright and I was born and raised in Detroit Michigan.  My favorite things in the world are martial arts, adventure, good stories, history, philosophy, kind people, smart people, great writers along with their books, and self-improvement.

What was your favourite book as a child?
Hardy Boys #32: The Crisscross Shadow (read out of order) until I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
Usually working one of two day jobs unfortunately or if I have some time, I’ll play some videogames or hang with friends and family.

Writing

When did you start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I started writing as a hobby in sixth grade way back in 2001 with a story I wrote called Brothers of Destruction.  It’s a story that I look forward to reviving in the future.  I finished my first real novel in 2008, a book called Hell Warriors which was based off a series of drawings I made as a kid and teenager.  I finished that story draft, then reworked it in 2009/2010.  I plan to rework it one more time and release it sometime in the near future as it is a very dear story to me.

Are you a planner or a pantser?
A little of both.  There are advantages and disadvantages both ways and I tend to try to take advantage of both.  With planning I worry less about errors with consistency and continuity, but with pantsing I can easily break that “ice” that comes from overthinking things in the planning phase.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Definitely.  I would read up on self-publishing many years earlier than I did and totally devote all of my free time to learning about it.  I’d also exercise more patience before publishing in order to learn the ins and outs of the industry better.  I’d just learn about the industry and write more books while I learned.  All that said, I still think I did a really good job balancing life, writing, and self-publishing and accomplishing great things in all fields.

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author?
I find all the criticism that I received so far to be constructive criticism.  I’ve learned from it all.  Because I look at it all as a challenge, it’s rarely a tough thing for me to deal with.  But some common criticisms I face are regarding my choice of dialogue in many of my stories.  I’ve heard a few times that it’s tough to get initially get into.  But many of those same people also say that it doesn’t take too long to get accustomed to the style and once they’re accustomed to it, it flows well.  I chose the style for a few of my books because it’s what I like as a reader, a very straightforward and practical way of seeing who’s talking.  So I guess I’m not sure if I want to change it in the future to make it more readable for everyone or keep it the same because it produces the desired effect that I had planned.

What has been the best compliment?
The best, to me, has to be the compliments I get about the humor in Average Joe and the Extraordinaires.  I have a very strange sense of humor and I feel very satisfied when someone else can read my books and laugh out loud at them.

What sort of writing environment do you create? I.e. music or not? Pen and paper or laptop/PC?
If I can help it, I’ll work in complete silence, from a notebook, and at a desk and chair that’s neither too comfortable nor too painful.  It has to be something that I don’t even notice I’m sitting at or on.  Now that free time is becoming such a rare commodity for me, I typically skip the notebook and work straight from my laptop.  I don’t really get the most ideal time, space, and volume levels to work in because I stay in an apartment with others and work two jobs.  I do the bulk of my writing on a bus, in a five subject notebook on the way to both jobs.  I also write on my lunch breaks, at home on my laptop hunched over a tiny table with tiny chair, and whenever and wherever I can drag my laptop around to, even if it’s some sort of social event.  Certain of my scenes do excel when paired with a soundtrack, so I’ll make a playlist for it or find one on youtube or 8tracks.  Some scenes even need to be acted out physically so I can picture them better and understand the motions the characters would make.  If you don’t want to be looked at like you’re a crazy person, make sure to wait until no one’s home before you act out your book’s scenes.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I would just like to thank all those who are already supporting me and ask those who haven’t tried my books yet to give them a shot and tell me what they think of them.  I’m always looking to improve my craft.  I consider you all my glorious readers!  I humbly thank you all.

Belart Wright will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Belart Wright was born and raised in Detroit Michigan with a short but adventurous stint in St. Ignace during his childhood. Always poor, Belart had to learn to use his imagination to fuel the fun he had. Whether it was drawing cool and dangerous looking heroes to creating fully fledged storylines with his action figures to writing stories about kids similar to himself with fantastic abilities and destinies, Belart was always an expert in delving into other worlds that were not his own.

Always naturally talented at writing, it took the advice of his brother, and a little creative boost from his high school creative writing teacher to get him to realize that writing was something he could do really well and pursue as a career. To this day he revels in building worlds and characters from the ground up such as the worlds of Hell Warriors, Story of K, Cyborgs and Deadmen, and Pannam which are all working titles.

In his spare time Belart tries to update his two blogs whenever he can, but mostly just ends up writing or editing. As a huge gamer he plays a lot of games online and off with his favorites at the time being Borderlands 2, Phantasy Star Online, X-Men Legends, and Dark Souls. He just wishes he had more time to whittle his impossibly long gaming list down which goes all the way back to PS1 and Sega Genesis classics. He and his buddies at FlubberKnuckle Studios are also working on several new game IPs. He is also patiently waiting for the next installment of the superb Legacy of Kain series.

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11327592.Belart_Wright

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10 comments:

  1. What is your favorite non-fiction?

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  2. thank you for the chance to win :)

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  3. Awesome giveaway! Thanks for a chance to win!!

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  4. Great excerpt and interview~I really enjoyed learning about you and your book! Thank you for a great post and contest!

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  5. This really sounds like a great book. Enjoyed your interview.

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  6. What an awesome interview! Thank you so very much for this opportunity!

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