Frank L. Cole, author of The Guardians of the Hidden Scepter, is a guest at the Manga Maniac Café today! Frank dropped in to discuss his new book and to chat about how he wrote his book.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Frank L. Cole] I’m a kid at heart who has had a hard time growing up. I’ve had a love for storytelling for as long as I can remember and I’ve surrounded myself with great books.
[MMC] Can you tell us a little about your book, The Guardians of the Hidden Scepter?
[FLC] The Guardians of the Hidden Scepter is my take on action adventure with an Indiana Jones type feel, but with kids as the stars. Amber was born to be an archaeologist. She loves it and she loves her teacher, Dorothy, who has taken a particular interest in Amber’s abilities. When Dorothy doesn’t show up for the end of term exams, Amber suspects something’s amiss. She soon discovers her beloved teacher has been captured by a sinister organization on the hunt for a dangerous artifact. With the help of her friends; Trendon, Lisa, and Joseph, Amber embarks on a one of kind journey to find the artifact first and in the process free her teacher from captivity.
[MMC] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[FLC] I’ve always loved stories and movies where kids have to bond together and use their personal talents to overcome an obstacle. The Sandlot and Goonies are two of my favorites. So I wanted to write a story with quirky, likable characters thrust in a somewhat plausible, but extreme situation. Amber is based on a few people I’ve known throughout my life. She’s very smart and sincere and understands she has an ability to really problem solve. Trendon is my idea of the sarcastic teenager who puts off the vibe of being only in it for himself, but has a huge heart underneath. I think the combination of these two characters thrust into outrageous and disastrous circumstances make for an enjoyable and entertaining read.
[MMC] What have you learned about yourself through your characters?
[FLC] I’ve learned I’m a little more sarcastic than I originally thought. I also hope, if placed in a similar situation, I could be as brave and collected as my characters. Perhaps I’m living vicariously through them.
[MMC] What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t give up and keep writing. Rejection is part of the business. If you give up after the first or fiftieth rejection, you’ll never realize what you could have accomplished. Don’t stay married to your first novel. The best thing you can do is to keep writing and learning. You abilities will develop after each book you finish. It’s likely your first novel won’t be the one that receives the contract. So, start cracking out your second and third.
[MMC] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, what would it be?
[FLC] I was one of those kids that groaned whenever there were reading assignments in school. I always enjoyed reading, but I firmly believed the books my teachers recommended weren’t for me. Then I read Lord of the Flies and Huckleberry Finn. Completely changed my opinions. Scary, funny, thought-provoking. After reading those books, I always considered my teachers recommendations as worthy of my attention.
[MMC] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[FLC] I love sports (playing and watching). I love scaring my kids and my wife. And I love watching great movies at the theater… with a giant tub of popcorn and some Red Vines.
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