Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Interview - Giveaway! Paraglide by Peter Anthony Kelley

by Peter Anthony Kelley
Published January 9th 2012

For siblings Jim and Erica Winters, a summer vacation to London promises adventure and a bit of freedom from their overprotective mother. But once they arrive, they end up with more excitement than they bargained for. Their mother is kidnapped and her captors demand the one thing they can’t produce – their long-absent father. 
Unable to trust the authorities, Jim and Erica set off in pursuit of their father, racing across Europe and fending off mysterious assailants. As the trail of clues dries up, help arrives in the form of a raven-haired beauty. Is she the answer to their prayers or a romantic distraction?With the kidnapper’s deadline looming, the truth about their father’s shadowy past is revealed. In a last ditch effort to save their mother, Jim and Erica must climb high into the Swiss Alps where a perilous choice confronts them. Can they trust their father who has repeatedly betrayed them?
Colorimetry welcomes Peter Anthony Kelley!!  Thank you for coming to our blog this awesome BEA week!!  This is a new twist on overprotective mothers... having to rescue them!!  I'm looking forward to reading your book and I thought it would be fun to share with my readers, too. 

What inspired you to write Paraglide?

I started writing Paraglide when I was living in Europe. The journey of my main characters through London, Tuscany, Venice and Switzerland mirrors some of the travel I was able to do. Each of those destinations is such a colorful backdrop, I knew I had to incorporate them into a story somehow. Luckily no one in my family was kidnapped while we were there!

Yes, well... that would not be good. I'm a mother, you know!!  

Do you have a favorite scene or character?

I really enjoyed creating the character of Lionel Longbottom, the fast-talking street performer who help Jim and Erica Winters track down their missing father. There's a scene near the beginning of Paraglide where Lionel is working the crowd on a busy London street. Like all the best street performers, he's able to draw people in with a mixture of bluster, comedy and showmanship. He snags Jim out of the audience, forcing him way out of his comfort zone and giving him the first hint that this trip will be anything but ordinary.
That does sound fun - the performer and "anything but ordinary"!!

Please share something personal - do you have a hobby? Pets? Weird collection?

I love to travel and try the foods of the places I visit. Sometimes I get more than I'm expecting. One time in Spain, I had dinner with a good friend's in-laws. Momma was a fantastic cook, filling the table with dish after tasty dish of her family favorites. I was already stuffed when Poppa decided we needed one more thing. He ordered his daughter into the kitchen. She returned a few minutes later with a steaming bowl of what looked like tomato soup. "Eat, eat," he ordered, thrusting a spoon into my hand. I obliged and discovered strange white rings floating in the soup. They were chewy, squeaking against my teeth like rubber bands. The taste was bland, vaguely meat-like with a slightly sour smell. As Poppa watched expectantly, I ate a few spoonfuls then held my stomach, saying I would explode if I had another bite. Later that evening I asked my friend what had been in the bowl. He didn't know the English translation, so started drawing circles around his stomach and making snorting noises. It took me a few moments to realize what he was saying. The bowl had been full of sliced pig's intestines. Yum!

Yum?!  Some foods are very cultural and I just don't think I could eat them. Of course, everyone's welcome to try peanut butter on their hot dogs over at my house when you visit!!  :-D

NEED TO KNOW MORE?!  Check out this great review over at Books Are My Life!! And these QUOTES.

Meet the Author:
Peter Anthony KelleyPeter Anthony Kelley is the author of the young-adult novel, Paraglide. As a kid he loved climbing trees, staring off into the distance and dreaming of distant lands. Nothing much has changed, he still stares off into the distance. Only now, instead of perching on tree limbs,  he sits at a table and captures those dreams on his computer.
He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife, two daughters and a cranky nineteen-year old cat named Brownie. He graduated from American University with a Master’s degree in International Relations. When he’s not writing he loves travel, biking and watching soccer. He also makes a mean spaghetti bolognese.
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