Welcome to Beth Bowland, author of Polaris. She is joining us today to answer a few questions about her novel and writing life.
Tell us about the main character. Who is Aaron? Aaron is a smart but typical 13-year-old. Aaron thinks he’s being a Good Samaritan by inviting a nearly-frozen visitor into his home, but he soon learns the stranger is not from here.
The plot of Polaris sounds so intriguing. How did you come up with the idea for The Game? I played around a few different ideas, but there was something about two celestial teams competing against each other, and having no regard for the humans they are toying with.
Will this be an ongoing series? No.
What type of research did you do while writing? I read up on the Roswell, New Mexico UFO landing conspiracy. It’s fascinating. I also had to research the planet, surface temperature, atmosphere, etc. Also, I had to figure out which stars were considered to be in the northern and southern hemisphere.
If you could visit any fictional place, where would you go? Wonka’s Chocolate Factory!
What’s your favorite movie of all time (more than one is okay- because I know I can’t come up with just one)? My favorite movie is Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee J I can seriously just about quote the entire movie!
What was your favorite book as a child? That’s a hard question. Since I’m a children’s author I will name a few of my favorite children’s books. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, and I grew up on all the Judy Blume books, love them!
Where can readers find you online? www.bethbowland.com My other social media links are listed under “Contact”.
Middle Grade Fantasy
August 16, 2016
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Bixie, Montana, is in the middle of nowhere, not connected to any place, and not used as a pass through to get anywhere. But one snowy evening, a lone visitor walking down an old country road changes 13-year-old Aaron Martin’s life forever. Aaron thinks he’s being a Good Samaritan by inviting the nearly-frozen visitor into his home, but he’s unwittingly initiated The Game. A group of Elders, known as the Council of the Legend, come together from time to time to enjoy a rousing event they playfully call “The Game.” Now, Aaron’s town is the playing board and he and his fellow townspeople are the players. The rules are simple. Win. Because if Aaron loses, he won’t just lose his family . . . he’ll lose his very identity.
About the Author
Beth Bowland, a native Ohioan, has always enjoyed reading and creating stories of her own. As a child she devoured every book she could get her hands on and spent numerous hours at the library each week. She loves writing stories for tweens and young teens and her characters are often described as quirky and fun, but always relatable. When she’s not writing, she loves watching HGTV. She has one daughter and resides in Arlington, Texas with her husband, Phillip.
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