Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Interview with David H. Burton, Author of Scourge
A great part of the Books Complete Me fun includes author interviews. I was delighted to have the opportunity to interview David H. Burton, author of Scourge. Check out what David had to say!
BCM: Share with us a few things about yourself.
DHB: Well, I was born in Windsor, Ontario (just across the river from Detroit) to parents who encouraged me to read from a very young age, thankfully!! :) I graduated from the University of Toronto with a major in Biology and a minor in Classical Civilization. I currently work a full-time job for one of the big banks here in Canada in the information technology world. And I actually love my job. It's a lot of fun! I currently live near Toronto with my same-sex partner and our three boys (we adopted three brothers almost three years ago). And we have one basset hound that keeps us all humble. :)
BCM: What books make your top 5 list?
DHB: In no particular order, John Wyndham - The Chrysalids J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series Jose Saramago - Blindness J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series
BCM: If you were a fictional character in any book, who would you be and why?
DHB: Gandalf! Who wouldn't want to be an old wizard that travels!
BCM: What inspired you to write Scourge?
DHB: I originally wrote Scourge from Rudy's perspective (Grim's sister). It was a very different book then and she had only one sibling. I'm not sure what inspired me to write it in the first place, but I can tell you what inspired me to change it - our boys. The first thing I wanted to change was the dynamics of the characters. Our boys offered me a wealth of experience to draw from. I also noticed that, as a parent, there don't seem to be enough boy books out there. So that's what I decided to aim for.
BCM: Can you share with us a favorite quote or scene from Scourge?
DHB: Near the beginning of the book you meet Grim's little sister Ellen. Here's a quick quote. “Hi, Ellen.” Ellen smiled a toothy grin. At the age of six, she still had all her baby teeth. She held up the doll. Its head had been ripped off; and not cleanly at that. Grim rolled his eyes. Ellen was the other female sibling in the house, and the closest thing to a serial killer among the lot.
BCM: Will we see more of Grim in the future? If so, can you give us a hint of what is to come?
DHB: There will be a lot of more of Grim! Scourge is the first book in the series. The next book is tentatively titled Circus Quirkus. I'm not sure I can give more than that at this point without giving too much away though. :)
BCM: What other works do you have in progress? What should we be on the lookout for?
DHB: I have another novel I released earlier this year that's NOT for children. It's called The Second Coming for those adults that are interested. From a children's perspective, I have another book I'm working on and publicly posting the chapters on my web site as I write them - unedited. It's called Billy Bones: Beyond the Grave. It's basically about a boy who's dead and his adventures in the Afterlife. :)
BCM: Thanks, David!
DHB: Thanks so much for taking the time to interview me!! I really appreciate it!! Check out the review of Scourge!