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Monday, January 23, 2023

Atticus Everheart, Fifth Grade Tutor, and Monster Hunter?

 Atticus Everheart, Fifth Grade Tutor, and Monster Hunter?

by C.L. Colyer




GENRE:   Middle Grade Action Adventure






Nothing frightens Atticus Everheart more than monsters, thanks to his older brothers, who often threaten to feed him to the beastly creatures.
Fearing that’s what they will do if he doesn’t replace the book he accidentally ruined, he takes a job tutoring a boy in his neighborhood.

Although nervous about the job, Atticus soon discovers there’s a lot more in store for him than teaching. Never in a trillion years would he have imagined he’d be hiding from monsters, working with ghosts, or searching for werewolves and witches. He’s not brave, and he has no plans to change.

Until he’s forced to.

A Word With the Author:

1.Did you always want to be an author? 


I always enjoyed writing. When I was in grade school, I enjoyed writing essays. In high school, I wrote poems. But it wasn’t until I was an adult that I considered writing a book, and I have my husband to thank for the push. I used to tell him about ideas I had of fantasy creatures living in our world. One day, he asked me why I didn’t write a book. So, I decided to write down one of my ideas. I loved plotting and being the director of my characters’ lives so much that he got me my first laptop, went with me to hear other authors speak, and encouraged me to pursue publication. He’s a great guy. 


2.Tell us about the publication of your first book.


My first publication was Embrace, a YA paranormal thriller/romance about a girl who discovers magical powers exist, and she has to embrace these powers if she hopes to save her best friend. The book went through many revisions, rejections, and more revisions before I found it a home. Then, thanks to readers’ enthusiastic responses to the book and its characters, I write two more books, making it a series. I had planned to continue the series, but I wasn’t happy with the changes happening with the publisher.


My first published middle grade book was Friends to the End. Zach, the new kid at school, follows a group of thrill-seeking kids into a wild encounter as they search for a vanishing house. Like Embrace, it went through a few revisions before I found it a home.



3.Besides yourself, who is your favorite author in the genre you write in?


I write across genres. Some of my favorite middle grade authors include J.K. Rowling, Eoin Colfer, and Rick Riordan. A few recently discovered middle-grade authors whose books I enjoyed include Leah Cupps, Heather Fawcett, and Lee Fodi.



4.What's the best part of being an author? The worst?


Best part is a tie between getting to know my characters and the world around them and hearing from readers. Worst is the first draft. 



5.What are you working on now?


I’m working on a contemporary paranormal romance that stars Cassie, the lovable witch in Merry Little Wishing Spritz. At the same time, I’ve been jotting down ideas for a possible sequel to Atticus Everheart, Fifth Grade Tutor and Monster Hunter? 







“These came for you,” said Abigail, the oldest of his younger sisters. At eight, she was already smarter than him in many ways. She turned the envelope upside down over his bed. A pair of prescription, steampunk- inspired goggles tumbled out. Still ignoring Atticus’s prior demand, she settled on the window seat. 


“I thought they’d never get here!” His previous statement forgotten, Atticus sat up and took off his glasses. He then slipped the leather strap of the goggles over his head and pulled to tighten them to a perfect fit. He raised his chin, wise and prepared, able to spot danger in a single glance. 


“How do I look?” 


“Like a weirdo.” Abigail pulled her honey-brown hair into a high ponytail. “Or a praying mantis.” 


He should have known she wouldn’t recognize functional accessories if they stared her in the face. 


“Did you have to get green frames?” she asked.


“I like green.”


“I think you look smart,” said Evie, the youngest of the Everheart children. She was a miniature version of Atticus, from her curly brown hair, round cheeks, and scrawny arms, right down to her bulbous big toes and curious nature. “Why are there round thingies sticking out from the side?” 


“Those are monocles.” Abigail opened the newspaper to the comic section. “They magnify things.” 


“These aren’t ordinary monocles,” said Atticus. “I can’t believe you think I’d want goggles if they didn’t do something spectacular. I’ll have you know these are the most advanced pair of monster-seeing goggles available, able to cut through the mundane to reveal beasts and demons, ghosts, and goblins.” At least, that’s what the ad had said. Atticus flipped down the crimson lens. “This one’s for flesh-eating monsters.” 


“Oh, they’re way cool!” Evie inched closer and asked, “Do you see any?” 


“Yes!” Atticus lunged forward and grabbed her, tickling her waist. 




AUTHOR Bio and Links:




C.L. Colyer found her love for writing in first grade when her class was sent to the library and asked to find a book for their first book report. While she doesn’t still have this book report, she’s very proud to say she got an A on it. Her favorite thing about the book was that it had no words. That’s right, not one! That gave her the freedom to interpret the pictures in any way she wanted and write her own story.

This sparked her love for writing essays. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she sat down and penned her first novel. This story has a special place in her heart because it’s the story that helped her discover her passion for writing. She has since written several books, many of which may never see the light of day, but all of which helped her learn to combine her passion for writing with her fascination with all things mythical.  You’ll find examples of this in her novels.


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