Blogaversary Day 7: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner - Interview + Giveaway


Today, I have with me the author of one of my most anticipated 2016 reads (I still have to get my hands on it), JEFF ZENTNER, Author of The Serpent King!

1. The Funniest Thing That's Happened To You:

Once I was meeting with my editor and I told her that my son always called my book "The Servant King" instead of "The Serpent King." Right after that meeting, I went over to The Strand (a huge bookstore in NYC) and there in the dollar bin was a book called "The Servant King." No lie. 

2. Give us an #AuthorConfession

I go months and months without writing a word. 

3. This Or That:

-- Italian Or Chinese

-- Mare Barrow or Celaena Sardothein 
Not familiar with either but I think "Mare Barrow" sounds like the name of a talking horse in a CS Lewis novel, so Mare Barrow. 

-- Contemporary or Fantasy

And now, moving on to your masterpiece:

4. Tell us in one line why we should  be reading The Serpent King:

Because my truck has 226,000 miles on it. 

5. 3 Songs that almost perfectly describe your book are:
Jacksonville Skyline- Whiskeytown
Tether- Chvrches
Follow Your Arrow- Kacey Musgraves

6. One piece of advice you would give your three main characters if you could:
Dill- You are more than your name.
Lydia- Remember what you've been given.
Travis- Warriors sometimes protect their own spirit. 

Jeff Zentner spent years as a singer-songwriter and guitarist, recording with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debbie Harry. In addition to writing and recording his own music, Zentner works with young musicians at Tennessee Teen Rock Camp, which inspired him to write for young adults. He lives in Nashville. 

Now he writes novels for young adults. He became interested in writing for young adults after volunteering at the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp. As a kid, his parents would take him to the library and drop him off, where he would read until closing time. He worked at various bookstores through high school and college.

He speaks fluent Portuguese, having lived in the Amazon region of Brazil for two years.

Blurb Description: Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.
He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.
Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.

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