Spartanica Book Tour: A Guest Post from Author Powers Molinar!
Posted Feb 19 2014 7:19pm
Susan Heim on Parenting is pleased to be a stop on the book tour for Spartanica, by Powers Molinar. Read on to find out more about this book and read a guest post from the author!
About the book: Ty and Marcus Mitchell are average middle school brothers growing up north of Chicago until one night when they’re hurtled through an inter-dimensional gateway to a parallel world defined by its multiple moons and planet-wide apocalypse. As they struggle to figure out where they are and how to get home, the boys encounter refugees of “the last day” from the distant city of Atlantis and a mysterious girl called Bellana, the sole survivor and resident of the devastated city of Spartanica. Ty and Marcus soon learn they only have seven days to get home. But before they can leave, they must battle through long-extinct predators, track down the elusive Professor Otherblood, and rescue a new friend from certain death. Is all of this insanity just Ty’s overactive imagination or are the brothers truly on the brink of being stranded on the brutal wasteland known as Spartanica?
A guest post from author Powers Molinar: “Hey, Dad, you won’t believe what just happened in my book!” My middle school son, an avid reader, loves to tell me about the stories he’s reading. His enthusiasm is unbridled, his imagination genuinely sparked. Thankfully, that fervor also spills over into his schoolwork, at which he excels in good measure because he’s such a solid reader. Can we draw a direct line from my son’s reading of The Lightning Thief and Ender’s Game to his good grades? Personally, I think the link is undeniable.
I recently published a young adult, science fiction adventure book called Spartanica. It’s my debut novel and authoring it was a blast. Not a week goes by without someone asking, “What made you write a book?” Wanting to keep my answer brief, I usually say something about needing a new hobby. Truth be told, I wrote Spartanica in the hope of eliciting the same gusto for reading in other kids that I’m privileged to witness so often in my son. To that end, he and several of his school buddies made up a crucial part of my beta reading team. They were tough, picky, but unflinchingly honest about what they liked and didn’t like about the story. Spartanica is a much better novel because of their feedback.
Since publishing several months ago, a good number of local kids have read my book and come up to me at random times full of youthful exuberance to tell me they loved reading it and ask when book two will be out. It’s an absolutely exhilarating sensation to hear a reader take you through parts of your book as if they lived them. They talk about the characters as if they were talking about their best friends. That’s the response I was hoping for. That’s why I wrote Spartanica. Will that excitement extend beyond the pages of my story? Who knows? I can only hope my debut novel drives an interest to read even more.
Maybe somewhere, some new fan is saying, “Hey, Dad, you won’t believe what just happened in Spartanica!”
About the author: Powers Molinar grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and earned engineering and business degrees at the University of Iowa. While he works as a process engineer and project manager during the day, his passion is writing science fiction. His first novel, Spartanica, is the culmination of several years of part-time effort, mostly late at night and on weekends when he wasn’t enjoying time with his wife and kids, all of whom were big helpers getting Spartanica written.
Powers believes every kid has the potential to become exceptional. In addition to being a blast to read, he truly hopes his books spark kids’ imaginations and inspire them to read more and maybe even become writers. Being a solid reader is a foundational piece of leading an exceptional life. Powers hopes his books can be part of that foundation for as many kids as possible. Follow the tour!
Giveaway: The author is giving away 4 autographed copies of Spartanica. to enter!