Today we have the privilege of interviewing
Guy Stewart, author of Victory of Fists,
his newest release.
Name me 3 things readers would find interesting about you.
I’ve been a science teacher for 31 years; I am an avid tent camper; I love walking alone in the woods.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Julie Czerneda, David Brin, Lois McMaster Bujold, Jack McDevitt, Jan Karol
What motivated you to become a writer and at what age?
When I was 12, I’d just finished reading the WHITE MOUNTAINS trilogy by John Christopher – I wanted more, so I wrote “The White Vines”…
What 3 words describe you as a person?
Focused, creative, funny
What 3 words describe you as a writer?
Focused, creative, serious
When not writing, how do you spend your time? Hobbies?
I read, bike, go camping, watch movies, garden, and cook with my wife
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read “Gallons of Guppies” and after decades of looking, found out it was a Beverly Cleary “Henry Huggins” story. I got guppies for myself and I’ve been hooked on aquariums ever since!
Describe your desk.
My laptop on a TV tray collapsible table, a rocker, lamp table and a light. Underneath the table are LOTS of files!
Who is the main character?
Langston Hughes Jones
What is his story?
Langston is incredibly smart – and angry. In order to be a biomechanical engineer, he has to conquer his anger. He does it by writing poetry to bleed off the rage.
Where/when does the story take place?
In and around a 21st century near-urban high school – just like the one I work in.
How did the story come to you? And why?
I’d sent a YA novel to an agent and he wrote back that it wasn’t “edgy”. Muttering, “I’ll show YOU edgy!”, I wrote this book using the high school I knew, a mash up of students and teachers I know (except for Mr. Lamprecht, he’s strictly from my imagination) -- and I wrote it because I’ve read hundreds of poems written by young people I know.
Who is your target audience?
High school students
What makes your book different from other similar ones?
Simple: it’s poetry coupled with fighting…
What do your fans mean to you?
I don’t think I have any, but if I did, I think they like that I’m honest and pretty “cool” under pressure…usually.
Where do you get the inspirations for your book(s)?
Life + other stories + news = novels
Any advice for new writers just beginning this trek down the wonderful world of publishing?
Read, write, finish, send, REPEAT!
Victory of Fists
Langston Hughes Jones is a warrior-poet whocan’t always control the warrior part of himself.
Writing in his spiral-bound notebook heads off some of the face punching joy.
Langston’s ex-best-friend-now-worst-enemy is out to provoke him into fighting.If Langstongets caught, he won’t graduate, he will humiliate his mom, grandma, cousin, and the vice-principal who believes in him.
Battered and bloody Langston discovers that:
victory always meant pounding someone ‘til
bleeding or crying or unconscious they give me what I want.
But victory can be more.
Surrender in the face of overwhelming odds
surrender with power, choosing to go down…
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