Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Author Spotlight: Rhys A Jones and The Obsidian Pebble

Time for more Author Spotlights! Today, I bring you author Rhys A Jones, the author of The Obsidian Pebble. This is a book I have not yet read, but really REALLY want to! 

Before I introduce Rhy's book, here is a little about him:
Rhys A Jones was born in 1955 and grew up in a mining village in South Wales with his nose in a book and his head in the clouds. He managed to subdue his imagination long enough to carve out a career in medicine, writing whenever the chance arose.
In 1994, writing as Dylan Jones, he published his first scary book for adults, a thriller, which was subsequently made into a two-part film by the BBC. Other scary books followed.
A growing desire to move away from adult thrillers and write for children is what currently preoccupies him. The Obsidian Pebble is the first in a quintet featuring eleven-year-old Oz Chambers whose family inherits a ‘haunted’ house. His mother wants to leave, but Oz wants to unlock the house’s mysteries and uncovers a secret that will change his life forever.
Rhys A Jones has three grownup children who have emerged remarkably unscathed into adulthood. When not writing, he practices medicine and lives in darkest West Wales with his understanding (very) wife and two dogs.

My favorite part of the Author Spotlights are the wacky Q&A I make them do! Here are Tracy's questions and answers:
  • Name your favorite comic book hero or villain and why.
Mr Mxyzptlk is my favourite villain.  Largely because I  loved the anarchy he brought to superman's world. The concept of him accessing 5th dimensional technology which he then brought into another dimension was brilliant. And, in the early days, he could only be got rid of if he was forced to say or spell his name backwards. Genius

  • Your main character is attending ComicCon. Who does he/she dress up as and why? 
If Oz Chambers, my main character, attended ComicCon, he'd probably go as his favourite crew member from Death Planet Hub, which is his favourite Video Game.  Its fictitious, but features a lot in the Artefact series. Currently, top of his list would be Ensign Carbomer, who's a geeky cybercode developer that always manages to outwit the dreaded Octobot with clever weapons of his own devising. What? You've never heard of Ensign Carbomer or Death Planet Hub? You need to get out more.

  • You get to invite 5 people, living or dead, over for dinner. Who are they and what are you serving?
5 people to a dinner party.
1/ Neil Gaiman--for authorly wisdom.
2/ Lee Mack-- for the laughs--he's a British comedian.
3/ Joanne Rowling--I mean, come on.
4/ Dianna Krall--for some music (maybe she'd bring a band)
5/ Ray Bradbury--for some stories.
I'm serving:
Madras fish curry with black lentil dal.
Lemon cheesecake for desert.
There's wine if you want it. Personally,  I'll stick with the cobra beer.
See why I love these so much???!!!

And now, a little more about THE OBSIDIAN PEOPLE 

Oz Chambers lives in a haunted house. His mother wants to move, but Oz believes that the old place is too full of mystery to leave. When he and his friends hear ghostly footsteps, they decide to investigate the house’s eerie reputation. But what Oz hasn’t bargained for is that he’s not alone in his quest and that solving Penwurt’s puzzles will uncover a murky secret, and the chilling realisation that nothing is quite what it seems.

Check out the Book trailer:

Be sure to join me next week, when I spotlight Ellen Booraem.

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