Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Blog Tour: Life on Base: Quantico Cave by Tom & Nancy Wise Author Interview & Giveaway

Life on Base: Quantico Cave by Tom & Nancy Wise
Published by: Koehler Books
Publication date: December 23rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

For Stephen, his life on base is much the same as most other children’s. The difference is in the details. Look both ways before crossing a tank path and be sure to check if the spent bullet casings you find in the long-abandoned trenches are actually empty. Sports stop at the sound of the evening trumpet call as he and his friends stand at attention while the flag is retired. Quantico Cave is a story of friendship and competition, and when Stephen meets up with a friend he once knew at a previous home station, the contest hits a whole new level that places everyone at risk.


Hi, Tom and Nancy! Welcome to We Do Write. Tell us a bit about yourselves.  
Tell our readers a bit about LIFE ON BASE: QUANTICO CAVE.
Life On Base: Quantico cave is the story of military children. The challenges they face, their desires for the future are much the same as the rest of the world, but the unique culture and experiences of life on base ramp up the drama. Children of the military call themselves BRATs, an acronym that indicates an “attached traveler” with a regiment. BRATs are travelers, raised by warriors in a culture where “good enough” is not enough.  

How did the idea of the story come to you?
We always enjoyed telling stories to our children. When the kids were young, we would gather around a small campfire in the back yard and tell each other stories. Most, of course, were ghost stories with a sneaky little twist ending.
In the evenings we would tell the children stories of our childhoods, embellished to be sure to entertain as well as give them a sense of history. Telling stories is a great way to help your children get connected with their family and culture.
The kids always encouraged us to write the stories down, and so we decided to create a series of stories based on life on a military base.

Are you plotters or pantsers?
Oh, we are both plotters and pantsers, which is good for the story. Nancy likes to plan and outline, while Tom is a pantser, both with our stories and with life in general.

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

The hardest part of writing for us is finding time to work together.  Nancy is a night person, staying awake until the early mornings, sometimes until Tom wakes up. Tom, on the other hand, is a day person that wakes every morning before 5:00 am. We usually try to find time to work on a story together on the weekends.
What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
Tom would say coffee, and not just any coffee, but the good stuff. We have an espresso machine, and a great espresso can spoil you fast.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
For Tom, it would be time travel. Not sure it’s a superpower, but wouldn’t it be great to go back to some of the events in history and get into the heads of the people involved? What a story that would make.

What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
The weirdest thing googled around here is probably Lama Hair. Nancy is a great spinner, with five spinning wheels from different European cultures. She spins exotic hairs, silk, and blends into fine threads and yarns, and likes to frequent living history events to give demonstrations on spinning and fiber preparation. Her latest project was spinning flax for linen.

Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...
For Nancy, this is an easy question. Nancy would say “If I’m not writing, I’m probably spinning. Tom’s is a lot harder because he is into many things.  He is one of those “inch deep and a mile wide” kind of people. He would say something like, “If I’m not writing, I’m probably riding the Harley, or playing paintball, or teaching classes, or at the gym, or . . .”  It can be a very long list.
Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.

Tom and Nancy Wise are award-winning authors. Their first novel, The Borealis Genome, is the grand- prize winner of the Chanticleer Book Reviews Dante Rossetti 2013 Award for YA Novels and 2014 Cygnus Award Lab Lit Category. Thomas grew up in a military family moving from base to base as the child of a Marine, living the life of an officer’s brat in times of war while Nancy was raised the youngest child of a WWII veteran. When not working together on their novels, Tom teaches at University and authors articles on project management topics and nonfiction books published by Gower Publishing in the UK.


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Nikolina said...

I really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!

Giselle said...

Thanks for hosting today! :)

Mai T. said...

Question to the author: What are some ways in which you promote your work? Do you find that these add to or detract from your writing time?

Tom and Nancy said...

Nancy and I enjoy doing book talks and presentations for libraries and book clubs. It's a lot of fun to talk with people about Life On Base, so if anyone is interested in having us join you, please feel free to stop by and leave us a note.