Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for THE SKY THRONE by Chris Ledbetter! I have an interview with Chris to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway below!
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Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.
When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.
Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.
Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus's quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.
On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.
"Destined to have a sequel or two, young teens will appreciate the story, and teachers will appreciate that it instructs readers about the pantheon of gods."--Kevin Beach, VOYA Magazine
Now on to the interview!
Hey Chris! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books! THE SKY THRONE was freaking AWESOME and I can’t wait for everyone to read it! And am so happy that you could stop by for a visit!
Thanks for having me. J
For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about THE SKY THRONE and the characters?
The story obviously centers around Zeus, but it boasts an ensemble cast. All of the teenaged Olympians are present and accounted for. And I loved inhabiting these characters. The Sky Throne is the first installment in an origin series about how all of the deities we know and love came into being.
So since this is a series do you have a title for book 2 yet?
The title for Book II in the series is tentatively named The High Court.
Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?
None of them were really patterned after particular people in real life. Though, I will say that many of the characters are composites of people I’ve run across in life… while still remaining true to canonical characteristics of the deities themselves.
Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?
I actually loved writing Hestia and Hera. I really didn’t have a least favorite. Though, I’m not a huge fan of Atlas. Haha.
What is your favorite passage/scene in THE SKY THRONE?
My favorite scene is when Zeus finally sits on THE Sky Throne. Whoa Nelly! I love that scene.
What kind of research did you have to do for the story?
I have at least fifteen books on Greece and/ or Greek mythology that I’ve devoured. I also spent countless hours researching various aspects and facets online. I even researched things like flowers native to Crete in fall, how the ancient Greeks would lighten their hair, and what type of cosmetics were used in ancient Greece.
Who is your ultimate book boyfriend/girlfriend?
I’m not sure that I have a book boyfriend, per se. Though I will concede that Poseidon is probably the hunkiest guy at MO Prep. Now, as for book girlfriend… Hera, hands down. Love her!
But I suppose that’s for The Sky Throne. As for a book girlfriend outside of my own stories, I am totally crushing on Cassie Colesworth from Martina Boone’s COMPULSION and also Ryan Sharpe from Tracy Clark’s MIRAGE!
What inspired you to write YA?
After teaching high school for 6 years, I got an idea of how they think and act. And besides, I know there are a lot of reluctant readers out there. I was one. I want to reach them.
Lightening Round Questions
What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?
Ember In The Ashes and Red Queen are at the top of my TBR pile.
What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?
Twitter or Facebook?
Favorite TV show?
Game of Thrones
Sweet or Salty?
I have a slight fear of heights and I’m not exactly afraid of spiders, but I do hate them!
Song you can’t get enough of right now?
2017 Movie you’re most looking forward to?
Thanks so much Chris for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read THE SKY THRONE!
Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly “walked-on” to the best drum line in the conference without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.
After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He’s worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. He taught high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, and also coached football.
He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.
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