The SHANNON MUIR’S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS column on Mondays and Wednesdays is a place at Shannon Muir’s author website showcasing books from a variety of fiction genres, with an emphasis on interviews and guest posts from other authors. One thing Shannon firmly believes in for readers not only to learn about new books available, but about those who craft the tales behind them. As its name implies, SHANNON MUIR’S INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS weekly column features writers from all genres of fiction who want their potential audience to get to know them, and their works, better.
Today, we look at the book, THE SANDBOX.
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About the Book
by J.W. Patrick
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Release Date: October 2018
What would you do? After a mysterious impact in the dry Oklahoma landscape, three teenagers discover a world where they can do anything they want. Anything at all: Play. Explore. Fly. Destroy. But as a ripple of consequences impact on reality, Sonny, Isla and Dan realise this is far from a game. Do they now have the power to change the real world? Because if they do, they know exactly what they want to do first. Dirt-poor Sonny Monroe blames the oil company that fracked his family ranch for his problems. Dan Hawk, a Native American from the Chickatawa tribe, has never forgotten who stole his native Homelands. Idealistic Isla Duncan, a Scottish Paralympian junior on a charity handcycle tour, would just like to make the world a better place. As the three teens attract global enemies and the killings begin, grave doubts divide them: Do they control this new-found power? Or is it controlling them? If so, what on Earth does The Sandbox want?
Guest Post by the Author
Guest Post – Typical Writing Day
I don’t have a typical writing day I’m afraid. That explains my low output! I When I’m flowing, I can write anywhere , anytime. My car once got stuck on a garage lift and I had nowhere to go 4 hours till the power came back on. Very productive afternoon! Had a notebook with me and with no distractions or cellphone I scrawled my way through pages and pages. Fab writing day. On the other hand, whenever I set aside a full day off for writing, it can take me 10 hours to write 2000 words. Just ridiculous. I make tea. Vacuum. Check emails. Check the latest scores. Put the washing in. Make tea. Stack the dishwasher. Make tea. Make lunch. Order something from Amazon. Prevarication, indecision and displacement activity are all my middle names!
Of course if its paid writing, copywriting for a company, then things are completely different. Actually no. Exactly the same as above, except you get a cheque afterwards plus a nagging realisation that the resulting hourly pay rate might just be worse than working at Macdonalds.
JW Patrick lives in Scotland and has written voice-over scripts for television in the UK and USA.
My novels include The Invincibles, The Sandbox
I most recently completed a non-fiction book called Why have Adventures? for parents of young teens exploring the benefits of outdoor education.