Sunday, July 8, 2012

Part I Interview with Shawn Keenan, author of The Intern's Tale

I'm so excited to introduce this next book because the author is a good friend of mine. He's been working very hard on re-editing his book, The Intern's Tale, and I am thrilled about what he's done with it. I also have to boast about his cover-- he drew it himself and yes, that is a mechomare! You know you all want one.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Amazon Book Description: 
By telling his corporate bosses to shove it, seventeen-year old intern Kip Pureweather may have pushed the Incorporated Realms of America into the third Dark Ages.

Kip’s first assignment away from Vassalcorp headquarters in York City sends him on mechanical horseback to the farmlands of Ohio. With feisty office-maiden Abbey Fairchild in tow, the two trade barbs as often as they do stolen glances. Just as Kip and Abbey are finding common ground, Kip learns the nature of his assignment – the foreclosure of the Fairchild farm. When faced with destroying a family to secure his future as a knight-executive, Kip defies the all-powerful corporations and changes his destiny forever.

Kip’s insubordination makes him an instant outlaw, and the only place out of the corporations’ reach is the forbidden Empty Lands north of the Realms. But the Empty Lands hold a secret the corporations have kept since the time of the Generex, a war that brought them to power and ushered in the second Dark Ages. With knowledge of an imminent threat, Kip returns for Abbey, and with the help of a slave, a mailroom clerk, a tabloid princess, and the self-proclaimed greatest-mind-of-their-time, they take a stand against the corporations and the impending destruction of their world.

See my review on Amazon: The Intern's Tale Amazon Review


About Shawn Keenan: Shawn Keenan is the manservant of two dogs who tricked him into adopting them last year.  He works for the sole purpose of feeding them, providing superior medical care than he receives, and replacing the many things they chew up while he is at said job.  At night they force him to slather them with attention and praise until his eyes are heavy and his bed is sufficiently covered in short, coppery hair.  When he finally lays them down on their opulent blanket of serenity for the night, they give him a look that promises more of the same the next day.  Fortunately, he has a beautiful wife and two fantastic kids to support him through this self-inflicted ordeal.  He lives in Florida and he also writes stuff, such as his other novel, The Buried Covenant.

Visit his blog at: Errant Author

Author Interview Part I.
1. When did you decide to start writing? Tell us a little bit about your journey to become a writer.
 I’d written short stories, poems, and the like since high school.  I had a good background in literature and writing from school but hadn’t done much in the field for years.  Then one day I was in a bookstore.  I’d just finished a really wonderful book and was looking for something new.  I kept picking up what seemed to be popular titles, reading the first few pages, and putting them back down.  I finally thought to myself, “If I want a really good book, I may just have to write one.”  Then, even more comically, I thought, “After all, it’s just a bunch of words.  I know words.  How hard can it be?”  I wish I could time travel back to that moment and throw a coffee mug at younger me’s head.

2. How did you come up with the idea behind The Intern's Tale?
 I had this image of castle skyscrapers.  I love medieval stuff anyway and during some random daydream (probably while driving – yikes!) I thought about what our country would look like if medieval times carried forward into modern day.  That was the inspiration.  Soon, interns were darting around the countryside on mechomares and I knew a story wasn’t far behind.

3. Who is your favorite character in The Intern's Tale and why?
Why don't you just ask who your favorite kid is? Or favorite dog? (Ok, that's Max, and he knows it).  I have to say Abbey. I think she's been the most consistent through the rewrites because I got her the most right from the start. There's little disguising the fact that Abbey is my ode to Princess Leia, my favorite headstrong, as-good-as-and-usually-better-than-the-guys character. I can totally see Abbey telling Kip to get a walking carpet out of her way. 

21 comments:

  1. This looks like an interesting plot. I gues i'm going to add this book to my TBR pile.

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  2. I'm not the biggest fan of that kind of books... But I could give it a try.

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    1. I think you should give it a try :-)

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  3. it seems interesting. added to TBR pile.

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  4. Castle Skyscrapers sound very cool, medieval times is always interesting

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    1. I love the combination of dystopia with medieval times-- I think that's what makes Shawn's book so unique!

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  5. Sounds interesting! Thanks for the interview! :)

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  6. Thank you for an increadible giveaway, that is such a fantastic oportunity. I found the above review really interesting & a privalige as a reader to be able to find out more about the author behind the work. x

    Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

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    1. Lucinda, great, I hope that you take a look!

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  7. The book sounds very interesting - I will have to check it out! Hope I win :)

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  8. This sounds like a book that is right up my alley. I'd love to win!! eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

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  9. Wow...I am intrigued. I can honestly say I have never read a story situated in modern medieval times, but would so love to read it. Abbey & Kip's personal feelings toward each other should make for an interesting story :)
    claudialemay1970@gmail.com

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  10. Thanks for the review! Based on the story overview you provided, I think I'll check this one out. I'm not usually a fan of anything medieval, but I do like how the author has blended it with a more current dystopian setting. (Maybe I just don't like the term "maiden" and/or "wench"! :))
    andrealsmith01@yahoo.com

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  11. This looks like an interesting book.

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  12. This guy sounds interesting.. is it just me or when a male author writes YA I get weary? haha! This is already in my to-read pile. :)

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  13. I'm adding this to my tbr list! :) I was totally sold when he said Abbey is his ode to Princess Leia!

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