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I really enjoyed reading ‘The Hairy Hand’ by this author, so jumped at the chance to read this book. Get ready for a treat as I share the author’s answers to my questions, information about this book (including my review of it) and a rafflecopter giveaway which gives you the chance to win one of ten copies of this book! Enjoy!
Right, let’s start by discovering how Robin Bennett answered my questions about this story and his writing process . . . .
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
Greek mythology, my son’s app he put on my tablet – one of the one’s that lets you look at the stars and I just had this first line in my head ‘If Stan Pollux had known he would be spending the rest of his summer holidays in the outer reaches of our solar system, he would have put on different underpants.’
Oh, and I wanted dragons … in Space!
What is your writing process?
The alarm goes off about 6.45am and I turf the children out of bed, fall/run downstairs, make coffee and aim to be back in bed by 7am for half an hour writing planning. I do kids, admin and correspondence in the morning, walk the dog and then write in the afternoon (anywhere will do, if I’ve planned properly). After supper, I like to sit by the fire and edit for an hour, it’s a great way to feel like you’re finishing for the day and sets up well for the next round of planning the following morning.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
Anything I can lay my hands on – I’m not fussy. However, I do like writing descriptions long hand, though and I prefer writing dialogue on a computer – the rhythm (and speed) of typing helps with the tempo of the speech.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
Poppy. I love sparky, upbeat characters – we’ve got one at home – she’s 10!
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
I try not to fixate too much on names. I used to have all sorts of methods: combining names of people I knew, looking at unusual place names on maps of Devon, that sort of thing. I tend to type the first name that comes into my head and if I like the feel of it, it stays.
Thank you so much for answering my questions!
If Stan Pollux had known he would be spending his summer holidays in the outer reaches of our solar system, he would have put on different underpants.
But when he gets kidnapped by the Planet Dragon Mercury, most things suddenly seem small and insignificant. Stan finds himself in a universe of dragons who had once ruled the skies as gods: Mars, Venus, Saturn and even Uranus way out back. This is shaping up to be the best summer holiday in the history of the cosmos until Stan discovers his stupid sister is missing and that Pluto (AKA Hades) is trying to use her to destroy the Solar System. And it will be all Stan’s fault if he doesn’t get Poppy back.
So, all Stan has to do is learn how to fight like a hero in space armour, defeat the dragon god of the Underworld, Hades, rescue his sister and save the world. All before his parents realise she is missing.
From the very first paragraph, this story had me laughing out loud! It is a fun sci-fi for middle grade readers involving eleven year old Stan Pollux initially resenting his five year old sister, Poppy, but then needing to help rescue her when they inadvertently become embroiled in an interplanetary feud between space dragons! It is only by the siblings working together that they can help themselves and every living in the solar system to survive. No pressure then, is there?
It is an intriguing mix of mythology, science fiction and superhero story, something children will be enthralled by and will incidentally help them learn about the solar system and mythology as the story progresses. It also involves differing attitudes to bullying and I loved the ending regarding this!
This is a great adventure, one reaching to the outer reaches of space and involving siblings helping to fight to save the universe in a fantastic read that I have no hesitation in highly recommending for children – and adults – to read. It certainly had me smiling and turning the pages as the story progressed.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Robin Bennett is an author and entrepreneur who has written several books for children, adults, and everything in between. Listed in the Who’s Who of British Business Excellence at 29, his 2016 documentary “Fantastic Britain”, about the British obsession with fantasy and folklore, won best foreign feature at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, and his first book for young adults, Picus the Thief, won the Writer’s News Indie Published Book of the Year Award in 2012. Robin is also a director at Firefly Press
Twitter – https://twitter.com/MonsterBooksRaw
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