The Circle of Tivedon Blog Tour ~ Paul R. Hewlett interview with author Ryan Shorten

Tour Sign-Ups: The Circle of Tivedon by Ryan Shorten

Hello everyone, Paul R. Hewlett here joining you this morning with The Circle of Tivedon Blog Tour. Thanks to Megan at The Book Babes Blog Tour for hosting. Make sure to enter the Young Adult Faeries and Fantasy Giveaway Hop hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Gabrielle from The Mod Podge Bookshelf as today is the last day. Be sure and stop by the blog tour of Rise of the Fire Tamer by Kailin Gow. Also make sure to enter our 1000 follower giveaway with the No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop beginning later today. And then please stop back by tomorrow for Sher’s review of Escucha Means Listen as the Escucha Means Listen Blog Tour hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer stops here.

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PhotobucketToday we are fortunate enough to have The Circle of Tivedon author Ryan Shorten here with us. Before we get to the interview, if you’re wondering what type of book it is, here’s the blurb from the back of the book. The Circle of Tivedon is a Middle Grade/YA fantasy fiction book.

 Attending Tivedon should have been the most exciting time in Jayl’s young life. However, when inexplicable things begin to darken the hallowed halls of of the school and he’s accused of murder, Jayl finds himself thrust into a quest to save himself, his home, and ultimately all of Tiertyn itself.

Now, onto the interview.
1. Why did you write this book (as opposed to another)?
 Having read Fantasy myself since I was quite young , this was the genre that I felt closest to when I began writing. My imagination, broadened by authors as Tolkien, Brooks, and Pratchett, laid the foundation from which I explored my own ideas. I had always enjoyed creative writing and although I can’t recall the exact moment when I decided to write a book (or trilogy in this case), the idea for this story grew over a considerable amount of time. In 2001, I started out with just a handful of pages and then set it aside for the better part of two years. This pattern of starts and stops continued for the next five years before I really got down to it. After that, I could see the story and characters becoming something. I began writing every day for nearly two more years until a draft that was ready for an editor took shape. Writing a book had always been a life goal and throughout the whole process, truly, that’s what kept me going.  

2. Why would I want to read your story? (What makes your book unique or interesting?)
Readers of Fantasy, and particularly young readers, will relate well to the characters and be drawn in to the story line. As with most Fantasy there are magical elements and good vs. evil plot lines, but the story is unique in that it begins with adolescents who attend a school (Tivedon) to learn about diplomacy and governance. The students are at Tivedon, representing their homelands, as they are the next leaders of their respective cities. Each student receives a Sigil (medallion) that contains magical powers when unlocked. Soon enough, an ancient evil rises and the students, along with a few of the teaching elders, are forced to act. Three diverse journeys then begin, with the fate of everyone and their homelands hanging in the balance.

3. What are your main character’s greatest hopes, biggest fears, or both?
The main character’s (Jayl) biggest fear is failing his friends and family. Jayl’s journey is the most difficult and dangerous of the students and so much has been placed on his shoulders. Jayl is also not the typical hero type and his greatest hope would be in overcoming his own insecurity and face his fears.

4. Why write (The Circle of Tivedon) for a MG/YA (Middle Grade/Young Adult) audience rather than Adult?
As mentioned, I grew up reading Fantasy and my fondest memories were when I found myself completely immersed in a story. I remember staying up late reading when I was nine or ten because I just couldn’t put the book down. Although I still enjoy reading Fantasy as an adult, I think the days of reading when I was young were the most imaginative and special. I wanted to write a story that would be most appealing to a younger audience and perhaps give them a story that they just couldn’t put down.

5. What other books have you written for children (or are writing)?
The Circle of Tivedon is book one of a trilogy, so I’ve begun work on the second novel and hope to have that out towards the end of 2013.
Thanks, Ryan. Please take a minute to read Ryan’s Author Bio and check out his links: 

Ryan Shorten was born in the early 1970’s and grew up in Southern Ontario Canada. From a young age he was introduced to the world of Fantasy Fiction by the likes of Tolkien, Pratchett, Brooks, and Salvatore. His love of reading turned into a passion for writing shortly after finishing his post secondary education at Ryerson University in Toronto. While studying Media Arts at Ryerson, his visual imagination was further developed through the use of film, video and digital imaging. His recently published first full length novel ‘The Circle of Tivedon’ is Book One of a planned trilogy. Below are ways to follow him.

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Thank you, Ryan, for joining us today. For a complete list of blog tour dates click here.  

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  1. My favorite fantasy book would be the Harry Potter series

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