Tuesday, June 14, 2016

YA in the Alleyway~HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES by Andrew Buckley

Here's this week's YA in the Alleyway spotlight - Meet Author Andrew Buckley and his new release about a boy who finds himself in a real hairy situation. And there's a giveaway! But first the book because I'm all fangirl over it.

by Andrew Buckley

Release Date: June 7, 2016
Pages: 231
Editions: Paperback, ebook 
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC

Description: What has he done? 

What's happening to him? 

And what on Earth is that smell? 

For Colin Strauss, puberty stinks. Blackouts, hallucinations, and lapses in memory are the perils of growing up werewolf. 

Worse than that, Colin worries he might have had something to do with the recent attacks on the townspeople. He may have eaten a person. It doesn’t matter that it’s someone he doesn’t particularly like. What kind of boy goes around eating people? 

Foolishly, all Colin can think about is how Becca Emerson finally kissed him for the first time. Yep, hormones are afoot. Yikes! 

But girls will have to wait. Collin better get himself under control before someone else ends up hurt or worse . . . dead.
Now, let's meet the mastermind behind this story, *waves author over* 

Hi Andrew! It's great to have you here. Tell the readers something about Andrew as a young boy and how he became intrigued with storytelling. 
Funnily enough my love of stories came from having a very weak left eye. I was maybe 6 when I had to wear a patch over my right eye most evenings in order to strengthen my other eye. During this time I couldn’t really do anything (lack of depth perception meant I’d just walk into walls a lot) so my parents read with me. I grew to love stories and storytelling and always found creative writing to be my favourite subject throughout school. The rest is history . . . or future history . . . or whatever.

What a wonderful way to help a young kid deal with a physical issue. Kudos to Mom and Dad! Colin definitely has the whole puberty thing rough. How were you able to use that staple of teen-dom to fuel this premise?
Puberty is rough! It’s terrible! We all remember it. It’s such a transformation process for tweens/teens on a physical, emotional, and mental level that running it alongside the transformation into a werewolf isn’t exactly a vast stretch of the imagination. However, Colin’s awkwardness with the girls, his lack of athleticism, and his general smart-ass-ness is something I did pull directly from my own teen-dom experiences.

The story sounds like it's overflowing in humor, but also mystery. As a writer, how did you sprinkle those elements to keep the story forging ahead?
When I originally sat down and put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard rather, I was writing a horror novel. But it became quickly apparent that I’m unable to write anything without including humour so it transformed (tee-hee) into a teen-coming-of-age-supernatural-murder-mystery. The Town of Elkwood has a lot more going on than what people see on the surface, and when a rogue werewolf shows up in town at the same time a local student gets eaten, there’s a lot of mystery to be solved. 

Using two other book or movie titles, describe your book for readers? Feel free to explain your choices.
I was quite influenced by the 1987 movie The Monster Squad and also by The Goonies. Both those movies deal with the age group of the main characters so very well and, Monster Squad in particular, put a great spin on the classic Universal monsters. Other movies I could factor in would be The Lost Boys, Abbott and Costello Meet the Wolfman, and Teen Wolf (the Michael J Fox one).
The Goonies!! One of my absolute favs as a kid. And The Lost Boys??? Very, very cool. What's up next for you?
I have a number of books in the works including sequels to my first two novels, a sequel to HAVELOCK (writing as Jane D Everly), and of course a sequel to HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES. I also have a new book series I’m developing based around a comedic re-telling of the true story behind Jack the Ripper (you can find the prologue chapter in an anthology called CHRONOLOGY under the guise of a short story called ‘Whitechapel’.) Plus I have a secret project on the go and a TV Development Concept . . . but alas, I’ve said too much!

Ooh...secret projects are always the best. Thank you so much for sharing yourself and your work with the Alleyway. Best of luck to you! 

Andrew Buckley attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. After pitching and developing several screenplay projects for film and television, he worked in marketing and public relations, before becoming a professional copy and content writer. During this time Andrew began writing his first adult novel, DEATH, THE DEVIL AND THE GOLDFISH, followed closely by his second novel, STILTSKIN. He works as an editor for Curiosity Quills Press.

Andrew also co-hosts a geek movie podcast, is working on his next novel, and has a stunning amount of other ideas. He now lives happily in the Okanagan Valley, BC with three kids, one cat, one needy dog, one beautiful wife, and a multitude of characters that live comfortably inside of his mind.

Andrew is represented by Mark Gottlieb at the Trident Media Group.

Do you remember the awkwardness of the younger years and your high school days? Care to share?

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  1. This sounds completely adorable! I saw it on My Book Addiction blog and was so taken with it that I plugged that page with book and giveaway on my blog this week (Fri 10). I'm wishing Andrew huge success with it! :)

  2. Puberty is bad when you're just a normal teen. But when you're a werewolf, too? Yikes! lol This sounds like a fun read. Thanks for sharing. Congrats to Andrew!

  3. The premise is awesome!! I can see why you're fangirling!!

  4. The description, cover, and title pull me in. It's great to meet Andrew.

  5. Thanks, all! It's a pleasure to be here :)

  6. Transforming into a werewolf during puberty - that fits all too well.
    Congratulations, Andrew!

    1. Weird smells, hair growth, uncontrollable urges . . . puberty already takes you halfway to a werewolf transformation :)

  7. Oh, my! I love the premise of this story. Reading this would be a thrill!

  8. I love that your werewolf isn't athletic. It seems like all the teen werewolf type stories I've read involved super-athletic, studly teen werewolves with the arrogance to match. Yuck. So, yay for non-athletic werewolves! And, anyone who counts Goonies as an influence is just awesomesauce. :) Congrats!

    1. Thanks, guys! I was not an athletic person in school. I was a chubby little guy who really just wanted to read books. Running across the cold, damp hills of Lancashire at school in the UK really put into perspective that I was not an athlete :) But I could be a werewolf . . .

  9. An interesting interview. Great questions and answers. And the title of the book sure caught my attention. Also, werewolves are some of my favorite creatures. I must learn more about your character. Congratulations and best of luck to you.

  10. Good interview! I hope my kid doesn't transform into a werewolf during puberty!

  11. Such an awesome concept! Also ... The Lost Boys! Enough said :P

  12. congrats to Andrew - he's so inventive and creative! great guy! great books!


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