This week I’d like you to meet Paul E. Petty, author of The Legacy Is Born, the first book in the Shadows Of Light series.
Edgar Freeman never thought that turning 15 would cause an ancient seal to break, making unnatural powers emerge from within. After a series of accidental events, he learns that he was sent a thousand years through time to be hidden from an evil king. And as if he wasn’t already busy enough struggling to fit in with school bullies, he discovers a lost prophecy that he must play a role in. As Edgar and his friends find the surrounding darkness closer than they think, they must stand together and destroy the one named Henry before they are all overwhelmed.
Custodian by day & writer by night, Paul E. Petty is a Young Adult author from the small town of Ore City, Texas. He is a Grammar Nazi and has a habit of buying books faster than he can read them. When not writing or being a responsible adult, he can usually be found wasting time on Twitter. He currently resides in Gilmer, Texas.
1. Tell us a little about you and what you’re working on.
I’m a custodian at New Diana High School trying to survive this world as I strive to finish the book series that started me out as a writer.
You As A Reader
2. When did you first fall in love with books?
When I was in 2nd Grade I was addicted to the Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine. I’m not sure why, but something about his writing style, I guess.
3. What’s your favorite book from your childhood?
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. It started as a required book in junior high and easily became a favorite.
4. Of the books you’ve read, which one changed you the most?
I may have to say the first Percy Jackson book. After all, it was from there that I really became obsessed with books.
5. What’s the last book you read and your current favorite?
Mourning Reign by Edward Hancock II was the last book I completely read. Currently, I’m really enjoying Sam Baker’s first book in her Variant Wars series.
6. If you could meet any author, alive or dead, who would it be?
George RR Martin, because while he may not be my favorite author, he’s the most famous with the most negative critics, so it’d be great to hear how he deals with it.
You As A Writer
7. When did you first know you were a writer?
I didn’t know until the moment my friends uttered the words “you should turn this into a book”.
8. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? If so, what was it about?
Not really. Most of my early stories were related to schoolwork. But the first one I intentionally wrote was when I was writing about my friends and I as kids, back when we pretended we had super powers. And that’s the one they begged me to turn into a book.
9. What has been the most difficult part of your writing journey? The best part?
Finding an illustrator was easily the hardest part. I’ve gone through so many covers by multiple people it’s not even funny. The best part is having something to be proud of myself for.
10. Of all the writing advice you’ve received, what helped you the most?
The first draft is as bad as the book is ever going to be. There’s flawless logic in it.
11. Tell us about your current project and any others you’re working on.
I am currently rewriting the 2nd book of Shadows of Light from scratch while also working on a newer series, The Chronicles of Achora.
Fun Stuff About You
12. Besides writing and reading, what are some of your other interests?
I like to cook and make YouTube videos.
13. If you could become an instant expert at any one thing, what would it be and why?
I’d be an expert at NOT procrastinating. Why? Because I’d probably get 3 books written every month. Hahaha.
14. You’ve just won an all expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world. Where would you go?
I would go all over the country meeting all my favorite Twitter people in person.
15. How can people connect with you?
I’m on Twitter @paulepetty pretty much 24/7. Oh, take out 5 hours tops for when I sleep. 19/7. That sounds more like it.
16. Anything else you’d like to tell us?
I think I have a coffee addiction. Also, I own over 200 hardback books because I have a horrible habit of buying books faster than I can read them.
Thanks for sharing a bit about you, Paul! I’m looking forward to getting to know Edgar and the whole group more!
Interested in his book? You can find it in Amazon now!