Angela Carlie is here today with a guest post courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for her book, Land of Corn Chips. Thank you for being here, Angela! You can follow along with the tour here, or by clicking through the banner. Enjoy!
A behind the scenes look at the making of Land of Corn Chips.
Hi Corrine! Thank you so much for having me on your blog today. You gave me several wonderful topics to choose from for this guest post and I had a hard time deciding.
Believe it or not, I’m a parent of a child who doesn’t like to read fiction. Gasp! I know, right? He does, however, enjoy reading non-fiction, especially books on historical events. So at least there’s that to be thankful for.
About two years ago I challenged myself to write a fiction book he would enjoy. He’s a football player, so there had to be football involved in this story. Nate, the protagonist in Land of Corn Chips, loves playing football.
When my son was a few years younger, I worked in a chip factory and he used to love visiting me at work. He’d want to ride on the forklifts and watch the workers load the chips into trailers. Chip factories are somewhat automated and he’d enjoy watching boxes of product travel along moving belts. Of course he was never allowed to ride on a forklift, but what if he could? He’d totally have a blast and Nate does exactly that in this novel.
What kid doesn’t go through a phase when he owns or wants to own every WWE figure available? My son and nephews absolutely loved WWE and knew every wrestler and would save their allowances and birthday money to buy all the figures they possibly could. I even took them to see a live WWE show once when it was in Portland. They thought the divas were hot and the action was awesome. Nate loves wrestling too and gets the opportunity to wrestle some pretty tough opponents.
Stir in a few gruesome scenes with blood and guts, some zombie kids, a couple crazy dictators who may or may not have magical powers, and a few flying dragons and you have a work of fiction kids will love. Including my son, the non-fiction reader.
Thanks again, Corrine. Have a nice day!
Thank you for this post, Angela! I hope your son enjoyed Land of Corn Chips! It sounds like such a fun read! Thank you for being here today!
Eleven-year-old Nate Hansen never believed in dragons before an eccentric man with a purple-feather hat kidnaps him. Spirited to the Land of Corn Chips on the back of a mechanical yellow dragon, Nate must find a way to avoid being ground into compost. His only hope of escape is to earn the friendship of the local wrestling gang and zombie kids, and to believe in a parent he no longer trusts.
Synopsis taken from goodreads.